The Perils of Resulting

personal development Dec 13, 2021
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Are some decisions better than others? I think so.

But let’s be clear, decisions are different from outcomes...

A bad decision can lead to a desired outcome, and even the very best decision cannot guarantee a result.

If I speed through a red light unscathed, that doesn’t mean I made the right decision. It means I got lucky. If I stop at a red light and get rear-ended by the driver behind me, that doesn’t mean I made the wrong decision. It means I was unlucky.

Conflating a desired result with a good decision and an undesirable result with a wrong decision is dangerous and it has a name, the “resulting fallacy.”

That resulting is false is good news. Your identity, status, happiness, and worthiness are not tied to whether or not you achieve a goal. The resulting fallacy is called a fallacy for a reason!

Who you are is less about what results you get and more a function of the quality of your intentions and the integrity of your effort in pursuing them.

Ancient wisdom and spiritual tradition support this.

“We have a right to our labor, but not to the fruits of our labor.”—The Bhagavad Gita

Difference-makers like us who want to make things better MUST become better at decision-making. But we must not be seduced and confused by the resulting fallacy and conflate outcomes with our decisions.

How do you cultivate greater fulfillment and prosperity as a difference-maker? Become a more conscious, disciplined, and skilled decision-maker.


The Trust Yourself guide provides a simple 3-step decision-making approach to power past imposter syndrome and your inner perfectionist. In this guide, you’ll learn and practice this approach to the art of better living by making better decisions.

It’s a process based on time-tested ancient wisdom that informs modern techniques practiced by Cognitive-Behavioral Therapists and Positive Psychologists.

Are you ready to make a bigger difference by making better decisions? Grab the guide here.

Scott Perry, Chief Difference-Maker at Creative on Purpose

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