In today's inbox:
PERFORMANCE GOALS VS. OUTCOME GOALS
“Center your strategic plan around performance goals rather than outcome goals.
Performance goals are goals you control, like doing 200 curl ups or practicing relaxation skills for ten minutes daily. Outcome goals are goals you don’t control, like winning the tournament, making a particular ranking, or scoring a certain number of points. Outcome goals can backfire. Invest your energy in things you can control and the rest will happen automatically.
Dream big in the long run; think realistically in the short run.
It all begins with a dream for the future, and it all happens with what you do today.”
—James E. Loehr from The New Toughness Training for Sports
Performance goals vs. outcome goals.
Where does Loehr tell us to focus? On the performance goals, of course—defined as goals we can control. How many minutes you exercise or meditate, hours you sleep, sales calls you make, quality time you spend with your kids or spouse, etc.
Yesterday I worked on the Note for The Slight Edge where Jeff Olson echoed this wisdom and shared this gem from Hall of Fame baseball pitcher, Tom Seaver: “In baseball, my theory is to strive for consistency, not to worry about the numbers. If you dwell on statistics you get shortsighted; if you aim for consistency, the numbers will be there at the end.”
Where are YOU focused? How can you dial that in a bit more?!
Here’s to dreaming big in the long run, thinking realistically in the short run and remembering to connect our big dreams for the future with what we’re doing TODAY!
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