Author and renowned leadership guru, Stephen R. Covey advised us to “begin with the end in mind.” Great advice. A proven technique for successfully identifying the important steps to take to get you to your goal as well as proactively creating awareness for obstacles that might knock you off your path.
For some, beginning at the end can be an obstacle in itself. We identify that wonderful place we want to get to or that big goal we want to accomplish and then the fear and insecurity set in. “What if’s” and “but, what about’s” drift into our consciousness and pretty soon we either knowingly or unknowingly start to sabotage our own forward progress.
One nemesis may be an inaccurate definition of success. Goals are important, crucial even, to making progress. You can’t get there if you don’t first know where you’re going. If we define one number or one end-product as the sole definition of “success”, we miss the opportunity to experience personal growth as a result of our stumbles, bumbles and missteps.
Dr. Carol Dweck, Stanford professor and author of Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, calls this a “fixed mindset” where there is only one definition of success – the number (or grade). The “growth mindset” says while goals are important, success is in the growth of competence and mastery.
To combat fear and insecurity, combine your hard and fast goals (grow my business by 10% or lose 20 lbs) with a realistic plan for change and awareness. Life rarely goes as we plan so we must plan for the bumps in the road as carefully as we plan for the end result…and what we will do next on the quest for success if we don’t exactly hit the number.
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