The Proof Is In The Performance

The last few weeks I’ve shared the importance of turning your wishes into wants and being willing to do the hard things in order to succeed.

Well, there’s a saying that goes like this: “the proof is in the pudding.” I prefer to say, “the proof is in the performance.”

Talk is cheap. You can say you want something and you can say you are willing to work hard to get it. I hear from people all the time who say, “I’ll do anything to succeed.” But will they?

The Proof Is In The Performance

I may not be able to judge the sincerity of your words but everyone can see the fruits of your labor.

During a football season, we practice all week for a game on the week- end. We can say that we work hard in practice but how we play during the game will show just how prepared we really are.

You see, football games aren’t won on game day. Games are won or lost during the week leading up to the game. The game itself is just a concert to display the performance that the team has prepared during practice.

If the team has truly put the effort in, the result will be a standing ovation, but if not, the performance will only bring disappointment and defeat.

Someone once asked me if you could truly work hard and still fail. I mean, what if you work your butt off and still get beat?

I believe that there is a big difference in getting beat and losing.

If our teams work hard all week and perform great on game day and still get beat, then we hold our heads up, look the other team in the eye and congratulate them on a job well done.

If we show up to a game, and we aren’t prepared because we didn’t put the effort in necessary to win and get beat, then we‘ve lost.

I can accept getting beat, but there’s no excuse for losing!

If you work hard and do things right and you still come up short, then at least you can hold your head high and know that you did as much as you could. You gave a great performance but for whatever reason, it just didn’t work out.

But if you sit around and don’t truly make the effort and wonder  why  you haven’t made it, that’s just not ac- ceptable.

What does YOUR performance show?

Look at your bank account, your relationships, your business and your life. What do the results tell you?

Be honest with yourself, then deter- mine what you want, be willing to work hard to get it, deliver a great performance and LIVE LIFE!

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Jim Howard

With over 30 years in commercial print, branding and publishing, Jim Howard has dedicated much of his life to helping entrepreneurs, CEOs and business owners move ahead in their business. Follow him at,

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