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Goal Setting or Performance Planning? Impacting a Positive Mindset

By Dr. Peter Thompson, SwimSwam, 02/02/18, 12:00PM CST

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Instead of setting a goal, try creating a performance plan. Your desire remains the same, but your focus moves away from “should”, “must” and “have to” and towards “want to.” 

At one time or another, we have all been encouraged to set meaningful goals for ourselves. Usually, we do this in order to direct our focus on what it is we truly want to accomplish.

We may even be encouraged to set S-M-A-R-T (specific, meaningful, achievable, realistic, time-tested) goals in our quest for success, with the intention of moving us from ‘here’ to ‘there.’

But what happens when this strategy backfires, as it often does? (Think of how often you see someone repeatedly miss a time standard by tenths, or hundredths, of a second.)