Posts Tagged ‘goals’

In the penalty box…

January 23, 2017

Yesterday I was watching TV and came across a hockey game. I don’t get a chance to watch a lot of hockey, but my favorite part of the sport is the way penalties are handled. When an infraction occurs a player is sent to a special box and his team plays short handed for 2 minutes or 4 or even 5 at times depending on the penalty.
The strategy of both teams radically change. The team with one less player tries desperately to disrupt the other team and kill off the penalty. The team with the advantage waits for an opening and attacks.
Why am I talking about hockey I can hear you ask. It is a pretty good metaphor for life and business. When you are down, sometimes the best you can do is hold your ground and circle the wagons. When you have the advantage, you can be more aggressive and go for the score.

Hope you have enjoyed reading this, comments welcomed.


Goals versus systems

January 21, 2017

I recently read a book by Scott Adams, creator of Dilbert and successful author. His premise about goals is that you are always chasing goals and never get the satisfaction of achievement because you are always chasing the next goal.

He prefers to put systems in place that when followed, give you the best chance of success and achievement. No chasing your tail, just following the best processes you can design and using your system.

I can see where he is coming from. So many times, accomplishing goals can feel unrewarding. Doing everything “right” and not reaching a goal can happen too.

I’ve tried to incorporate this idea in to my routine. I still believe that goal setting is a great way to organize my thinking, but I also try to get my systems and planning at such a high level that I don’t obsess over results. I’m still refining all this but so far this year it seems to be working.

My productivity is up about 10%. I feel more comfortable when I relax. Having a great structure seems to be working.

Would love to hear what you think. I haven’t written for awhile, so forgive me a few spelling errors and typos!  Thanks

Motivational quote for July 21st 2016

July 21, 2016

A persistent strong desire pushes your goal into manifestation. Remez Sasson

Motivational quote for July 17th 2016

July 17, 2016

The only goal you can’t accomplish is the one that you don’t go after! Vilis Ozols

Motivational quote for July 11th 2016

July 11, 2016

If you enjoy what you do, don’t be afraid of expressing your enthusiasm. Enjoyment is infectious and will bring others along with you. Alan Sugar

Motivational quote for July 10th 2016

July 10, 2016

The higher a goal a person pursues, the quicker his ability develops, and the more beneficial he will become to the society. I believe for sure that this is also a truth. Maksim Gorky

Motivational quote for June 17th 2016

June 17, 2016

There is no such thing as a self made man. You will reach your goals only with the help of others. George Shinn

Motivational quote for June 11th 2016

June 11, 2016

Excellence means when a man or woman asks of himself more than others do. Ortega Y Basset

Motivational quote for June 3rd 2016

June 3, 2016

Be true to the best you know. This is your high ideal. If you do your best, you cannot do more. H.W Dresser

Motivational quote for June 2nd 2016

June 2, 2016

You must begin to think of yourself as becoming the person you want to be. David Viscott