“You can have your own opinions, but you can’t have your own facts.” This well-worn line has been used by politicians for decades. In reply I say, “Amen. I hear you. I agree.”
There’s a big difference between opinion and facts. Both have their place in pursuing our goals. Opinions and preferences provide the emotional soul needed to set goals and advance confidently in their direction. Facts are the solid foundation we build on as we take action. In chasing our dreams, opinions are important, but facts are critical.
Facts are objective. They are honest. They are proven. They are true. And they are absolutely required when evaluating action options. Do you agree?
Consider these questions.
In your work life, have you looked at what has provided consistently positive outcomes in the lives of anyone you identify as successful? Specifically, what specific action steps do they take each day? How and when do they act? And just as important, what do they avoid doing?
In your relationships, do you research what has been proven by experts to produce the best results in communicating with your spouse, partner, children or parents? Or do you rely on your gut feel, emotions and ‘energy state’ at the moment?
In your thinking, brainstorming and decision-making, do you perform research of the results obtained by others on a similar path before plunging into a plan of action? Do you strive to objectively evaluate the benefits and risks of alternatives?
Do you have sources of truth and fact in the key areas of your life? Family, friends and co-workers you can depend on to tactfully tell you the truth no matter the issue? Objective coaches and mentors you lean on for business planning, decisions and action?
Stoke your passion and let it motivate you to move confidently forward. But find critical balance in reliable sources of truth and fact all along the way.
Find your own reliable sources of truth. In business, in the news, in politics, in your relationships, and especially in taking action toward your goals.
John J. Hall, CPA
John J. Hall, CPA, is an author, speaker and results expert who presents around the world at conventions, corporate meetings and association events. Throughout his 35-year career as a business consultant, corporate executive and professional speaker, John has helped organizations and individuals achieve measurable results. He inspires audience members in corporations, not-for-profit organizations and professional associations to step up, take action and “do what you can.”