What Can You Do When Everyone Works Hard and the Results Don’t Show Up

So it may happen that everyone works really hard, doing everything by the book, but somehow the results don’t come. It can be a real problem, sometimes bigger than you realize or maybe the handbook you learned from is outdated.


When you are doing everything in your powers and nothing seems to work, the level of stress goes through the roof. You start to doubt your own capacities, your self-esteem goes down, you become cranky and being put on the spot all the time certainly won’t help.

When you get the expected results it’s easy to lead teams – people are satisfied, you are satisfied, the bosses are content and everyone lives happily ever after. Well, let’s stay as close to reality as possible. 

When things aren’t working as they should, but everyone is doing what they are supposed to and giving their best, the team morale may drop significantly. Especially for those who are really passionate about what they are doing and don’t get the right outcome, failure can create a huge stress, which won’t disappear until they rebound. 

It is one thing to deal with heavy workloads and another to be productive, meaning that pedaling to exhaustion on a stationary bike won’t get you go the distance.

This is the exact moment when many of us give up because we run out of ideas to move forward, having tried them all.

There is also another moment (the very next one) in which we need to reset and see what can we do to change the approach or acknowledge that what we did so far isn’t enough and that we need to redefine ourselves.

“And where I excel is ridiculous, sickening, work ethic. You know, while the other guy’s sleeping? I’m working.” Will Smith

Uncertainty rises from the weight you give others’ opinions about you or your actions. No matter how cloudy is outside, at a certain point, even after six days or six months or six years, the sun will come out (even briefly). You can keep complaining about how much it sucks to have cloudy weather or you can choose to enjoy the sunny days – even though they rarely happen. Statistically, we like much more to complain about the things that aren’t working and we are rarely grateful for those that do work. 

Good luck succeeding!

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