Today, I would like to share two concepts that I have come to realize are important in helping us move forward in times of change and uncertainty.
1. We are more likely to get what we want – when we are clear about – what the outcome looks like.
How do we define success? Is there a dollar number? Is it running a successful business? Is it a big house? A loving partner? Is it vague or really specific?
I am suggesting that in these times of great fog brought about by the forces of change, disruption and turbulence…
Having a general and vague idea about how you define success is not good enough. Vague aspirations don’t work.
It’s not good enough to say “I want more” or a “better job” or “grow my business”.
Because “more” doesn’t help us identify when we might have achieved it.
Because “better” doesn’t compel us to keep moving forward on tough days.
Because “more” is unlikely to give us a sense of meaning.
Because “better” will not give us a strong enough reason to push through obstacles.
Define Success with Specific Outcomes Not Goals
Think in outcomes not in goals.
A goal is generally broad: “I want to lose weight”. But an outcome is the result of your goal and very specific and measurable. More clarity around your outcome helps focus and inspire you. This is an outcome: “I want to be able to go up the stairs on December 25th without huffing and puffing and go into my closet and put on a pair of jeans that fit me really well and walk downstairs to enjoy Christmas dinner with my family.”