I played a lot of sports growing up.
Although I can’t say I was ever a star player, it did teach me a lot about life that I still use today such as teamwork, deliberate practice, and competition.
It also taught me something very important about goal setting.
You see, when I was first learning how to sprint in track & field class I struggled—my times sucked. I just couldn’t get everything working together and my movement was sloppy.
Then my coach gave me some advice that I still remember today.
He told me to “focus on the finish line”. 🎯
Simply enough right? The difference was I was so focused on the next step that my whole body was in a constant state of almost tripping.
When I focused on the finish line I experienced what people call “the zone”. Everything else disappeared and my sprinting times skyrocketed.
This is how a lot of people go about goal setting and why it rarely works.
They only think about the next step. 👣
Begin With The End In Mind
Discussed in Stephen R. Covey’s book The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, beginning with the end in mind is all about knowing your purpose and what you’re trying to achieve. 🤔
It’s about asking yourself questions to determine your objectives and the reasons behind wanting to achieve them: