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Career Planning: Focus on the results not the effort

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When you go on a shopping spree in various shops and malls, do you ever think how products are made, how much effort is extended by the people who created them, what these products have undergone before they are put on the shelves to be sold?

As a consumer, you only focus on a product's features and how they can fulfill your expectations and needs. These are your qualification criteria so you can make a decision whether to purchase it or not. However, instead of its features, do you ever make a buying decision based on the efforts made by employees who created the product? This is where career planning enters.

Similarly, in our professional life, there are only two things that exist: results and efforts. The reality is, only results are meant to be rewarded; efforts are just meant to be acknowledged.

Majority of professionals are sometimes trapped into the illusion of getting a reward for their efforts. This chosen behavior traps them into complaining mode; they forget that in the professional context, it is only the quality of time, work and output that matters. In simple terms, your employer is a bit more concerned about the ''output'' you are generating rather than the ''number of hours'' you are spending on the job.

Remember, when individuals evaluate themselves, they just look into their intentions; when others evaluate them, they only look into their actions and results.

So if you want to get breakthrough achievements in your professional life, always focus on the results you are aiming for. If for one reason or another you are not able to get those results, think of career planning and change your method because if you cling to the same method, you only get the same results.

Handy Hints :

• Only two things exist in professional life: results and efforts

• Employers more concerned about output than number of hours

• In reality, efforts are meant to be acknowledged not rewarded

Source: Kamran Ahmed Siddiqui, Special to Jobs & Careers

The writer is a Training Manager in a major Abu Dhabi Oil & Gas Company