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Archive for May 14th, 2010

Second in a 5 Part Series…

To start, the goal is not to be an ‘elite’ athlete…

(1)   Sports, like businesses or social movements have goals and costs. [see previous post]

(2) The best way to advance is through the “Do”.
Once we have a strategy, we have to act. Right… pull the trigger on something.  “Do” now that the yak is done.  So often, people think for a long time – a very long time — about nuances marginally related to the goal.  For instance, starting a business?  Considering the logo and mission statement is a time and activity-trap to avoid.  Thinking is not risky. Doing is. Yet the risk of doing provides learning that no thinking will ever provide. If there is something you have been longing to achieve: lose weight; find romance; make more money; do it!  ‘Just do it’ resonated with athletes before it was a trademarked call to action. Athletes too are vulnerable to ‘thinking it through’ rather than doing it.  At some early point you must put away your thinking cap and do something. And don’t even think why you don’t ‘do’ this or that!  Just do the plan.  Stop aiming and pull the trigger.  Once it is pulled, get ready to pull it again.  You can make adjustments toward your goal each time. When you ‘do’, know that each event is a learning event. When you next do something toward your goal you’ll be amazed what you have learned and that you are not acting blindly after all.

NEXT: How to…“Focus on long-term benefits as well as short-term benefits”

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