What Are Your Results Telling You?


Stop. Just for a minute or three. When you step back and hit the pause button on your very busy life for a moment, what are your results telling you? Take the emotion out of it. Don’t over-think it. Just be honest and self-aware. And keep in mind that it’s not about beating yourself up or wallowing in self-pity. No, it’s simply about acknowledging what is and what isn’t happening in your world and committing to do better. It’s a stocktake of sorts.

What About Your Results…

At work?
At school?
At home?
With your current lifestyle?
In your relationships?
With that issue?
With your finances?
With that project?
With your exercise habits?
With your eating habits?
With your communication style?
With the things you need to change?
With your goals?


You already know that doing the same thing over and over while hoping for a different outcome is insanity. So with that in mind, what do you need to do different(ly) from today?

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{ 25 comments… read them below or add one }

Nikki March 19, 2012 at 11:19 pm

Not Applicable
Perhaps a little disorganised
I’m happy with it
23 years – must be doing something right
What issue?
Hmm – okay, yep I need to spend less and save more
Project – I want a nicer garden, need to progress to planning stage
Always room for improvement, so I recently learnt
My all or nothing attitute to food (doing pretty good so far though)
Baby steps but, hey, Rome wasn’t built in a day
Pretty good, could be worse but could mix it up a bit more too
Diet needs a little work, especially weekends

You asked….


Jen D March 19, 2012 at 11:47 pm

Hi Craig,

That’s so true. A quote I read recently somewhere by Andrew Carnegie: ” As I grow older I pay less attention to what men say, I just watch what they do”, and it’s true. Our decisions define us to a degree, they say a lot about who we are and what behaviours and habits we have.

If we solely looked at what we’ve actually done as opposed to what we say there it paints a less paints a less than desirable reality (for me anyway).
I’m a big talker and not big on the follow through and thinking along these lines reminds me of who I don’t want to be and what I need to accomplish to be on the road to success.

Jen xx


Anonymous March 20, 2012 at 3:17 am

My mind is picturing a hippo with a haymaker. When I think about it rationally, my life is very good at the moment, except I haven’t got a job – that’s not the worst thing in the world, plus I got a phone call inviting me to interview this morning.


Virginia March 20, 2012 at 4:37 am

Craig, you are awesome! I think I’m becoming a Craig Harper religious zealot!
My friends are being pestered by my HARPERing at them all the time….
Did a killer pump class in Bendigo yesterday… SO FUN!


PG March 20, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Virginia – I hear ya, I’m a Craig Harper Zealot too!!! We should start a group – ha ha. I’m HARPERing them all the time too…! ;) And great work on the Pump Class!


Beach bear March 20, 2012 at 5:47 pm

Me too!! 3 of my friends now have copies of Craigs book :) They decided to stop fighting it and just go with me on it ha ha. Gotta luv it ;)


Candy March 20, 2012 at 5:10 am

I need to try harder!


Evan March 20, 2012 at 9:29 am

Very true. Unfortunately this doesn’t lead to knowing what will get the results I want.


Aileen March 20, 2012 at 9:35 am

So what do you do when you’re burnt out and depressed in your job but have no hope of changing it. I am so specialised that there is no way I can move, my skills are not transferable (horticultural science) especially at almost 54 I would not even get an interview. We have a mortgage and can’t retire.


Damo March 20, 2012 at 10:46 am

Hi Aileen,
I think that most people that have been working for most of their life have felt similar feelings at one point or another. Have you analysed whether it’s the work or your workplace that is burning you out? Maybe there’s something toxic in your workplace?
What makes you think you don’t have transferable skills? Could you be a tour guide in the botanic gardens for example? You will have choices and you don’t have to feel miserable, but it sounds like you’ve got to change something doesn’t it?


Aileen March 20, 2012 at 12:59 pm

I work in a govt agency that’s being continually downsized. So yes the workplace itself has all sorts of issues. Moving out to any other job would be a cut in pay of minimum 50% which at our age with a mortgage and inadequate super is something you need to think twice about. My skills are R&D for commercial growers so fairly high level.


Damo March 20, 2012 at 3:28 pm

When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.
So you’re choosing a well paid, highly specialised job that is not rewarding you in a good number of ways. Why don’t you accept your decision, recognise that it’s paying you well and seek reward in other areas of your life?
Invent new ways to feed the world!


kate - Central coast March 20, 2012 at 9:37 am

Yes totally correct. My relationships I need to STOP Being so nice and SAY NO, Leave when people are disrespectful.

Will complete the rest of the list on my own lol


Louie March 20, 2012 at 11:47 am

Aileen March 20, 2012 at 9.35 comment – Aileen don’t write yourself off so quickly just because some tough decisions may have to be made. You could lecture, could you work as an advisor in developing countries or a lecturer. You could downsize so as not to be so worried about the mortgage. You can change your focus ie work for money then play like hell when you leave work. Start a new dance class – I recommend Lindy Hop or swing as you can’t keep a serious face when you Lindy Hop, everyone smiles and laughs. If you don’t know it You Tube Frankie Manning and Hellzapoppin. You need to mix with fun people, learn to laugh more and play every free moment you get and that included when you are at work. childhood regression is my cure for depression. The final cure is love everyone and everything and that starts with loving ALL of you first. Big love and laughs Aileen x


PG March 20, 2012 at 12:34 pm

Ahhh Louie – lovely advice…you sound sweet. And Aileen, I agree – there’s always options (even when you think there aren’t) and releasing the childhood shit that fuels depression is key. Least you’re reading Craig’s blog – that’s a start!!! Good luck with it and you can do it! Cheers, PG xx


Aileen March 20, 2012 at 1:02 pm

There are no lecturing jobs at TAFE and uni wants PhD. Overseas isn’t an option, I have a partner and animals. Perth WA isn’t a big place so limited options and elderly parents need us around.


Louie March 20, 2012 at 1:48 pm

Aileen how great is that? You have pets and a partner! You also live near your parents and can share you life with them. I bet they can give you wisdom beyond your young years. If they can’t then remember and celebrate who they were. My mother of 77 yrs has neither, lives alone in wet and cold England has never owned a washing machine or a car. she lives on her English pension and actually saves money!!! Her legs have gone, her eyes are going and still she loves life. If a sparrow lands in her garden she is full of joy. If the rabbits dig up her plants she marvels at their playfulness. If you are unable to see joy and cannot understand why then maybe it is time to see a Doctor and get help. If you have depression it can be treated like any ailment. If you don’t then Craig Harper has the advice for you but you still have to do the work. I sincerely wish you luck. Joy is everywhere but sometimes we look in all the wrong places. Big love


PG March 20, 2012 at 5:29 pm

Louie, you’re an inspiration about how to spin stuff….very impressive. I agree with all you say. Aileen, all the best with doing the hard yards to get yourself happier (whether that’s via some medication, support, or via doing it yourself). xxx


Aileen March 20, 2012 at 9:23 pm

Thanks folks. Yes I’m probably clinically depressed but also burnt out at the moment. I won’t take drugs. Work is leaving me with nothing else at either end of the day to give. My training is stuffed, my wine consumption not good. I hope to dig myself out of this hole as I usually do but it is a recurring theme I need to do something about.


Evan March 21, 2012 at 8:48 am

Hi Aileen,

It may be the house isn’t worth it. It may be that if you are burnt out you have been chasing aspirations or dreams that are beyond you physically. It may be that you need to find your anger and a way to express it. I hope you do find a way out. I think it may involve learning to be kind to yourself.


Annie Mac March 20, 2012 at 3:10 pm

Hi Louie what a great post you wrote to Aileen. I could identify well with everything she right although a tad older. Between you and craig a pretty good day for self evaluation and action. Ok it’s now off to see if I can retrain.


Louie March 21, 2012 at 11:55 am

Message to Aileen – I know you and many are worried about the stigma of Psychiatrists and medication but if you had an operation and the doctor told you that you needed medication you would take it without a thought. If you needed HRT you would take the medication. If you are clinically depressed you may have a chemical imbalance in your brain and may require medication at least for the short term to correct that. My mate John is permanently on this type of medication, not because he is addicted, but because his body does not making the right chemicals and the medication has corrected that fault. He leads a very active life including fully functioning in a highly stressful job. He has a regular exercise routine and the readers of this site will agree that exercise helps enormously with positive mood balance. He has a positive outlook on life and laughs all the time. Wine on the other hand although appearing to be easier option is a depressant and will only aid your malaise. You say it is a recurring theme but you are still doing the same and hoping for change to happen! I am sure Craig has spoken about this cycle – TIME TO CHANGE what you are doing Aileen. It’s fun to kick the walls down girl. Crash, bang, wallop! The light flows in everywhere!! Big love x


Aileen March 22, 2012 at 8:34 pm

I don’t need drugs. And i have tried the drug route on a couple of occasions and they mess me up worse than the problem. After finishing a course the last three days and being away from my desk and meeting new diverse people I feel much better. The trick is to keep me there! Out of the office half of tomorrow and away again three days next week should help too :-)


Missbkcol April 3, 2012 at 11:52 am

The results in alot of areas in my life are now great after much being ‘straight up’ with myself and acknowledging a few things. Other areas are definitely in need of an overhaul, which I am working on. Always a work in progress, but it’s definitely an interesting journey. ;-)


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