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The 5th in a 5-Part Series…

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

(5)   Your actions are the consequences of – and an impetus for – action

When a golfer golfs, there is an intention that is enacted by the hitter when the club makes contact with the ball. To the frustration of all levels of golfers, it is not directly related to the trajectory of the ball.  Such is it for a lot of business as well.  Intention only ‘seems’ related to action… but that is an illusion. Cognitive gymnastics are NOT related to the physics involved in action.  Intention is inferred, and the physics of the ball, in this case, is tangibly real.  A history of training practice, trial and error, and mirror neurons interacting with consequences has guided the body to perform. As an elite athlete has said over and over,

It’s not the racquet. It’s not the shoes.  It’s not the ball, the court or the noise.  It’s the mechanics and muscle memory – that’s means ‘me’.”

The result:

The golfer is left with any delta between their inferences and their behavior to rationalize his or her actions.  Good or bad results (both relative terms) contribute to adjustments that confirm or frustrate the golfer’s next set of actions. Don’t make adjustment, don’t whine about the shots you take.  Same for business, isn’t it!

When you want something in business life or in sport, recognize that successive approximations is the mode… the adaptation, the mobility, that exists to allow you to get closer to your goals or escape from a not-so-good conditions. It is NEVER EVER about some binary event. IT IS about hundreds of thousands of intricate, small tacitly known events leading up to some specific execution of an action.  Business success is NEVER EVER about making ‘THE deal.’  IT IS about the millions of tacitly known events that put one in position to execute some specific actions you are focused on.

Isn’t competition great!

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Working the polls is always a great time.  Beyond meeting people and helping get out the vote I really enjoy all the discussions about politics and elections.   One of the discussions that comes up constantly is how we all need to improve how we conduct elections.  Most folks claim we need better technology – electronic voting, online voting, easier systems, voter alerts, better messaging, real time vote counting, digital fingerprints and what not.

These potential improvements may not be improvements at all and are pretty low on the priority list.

Our elections aren’t all that inefficient.   And they aren’t all that hard for the voter.   In fact, the election process is remarkably stable, resistant to complete systematic fraud, can still take place without a power source and takes less than an hour for most voters in a  typical election. Oh, and it is VERY INCLUSIVE to ALL TYPES OF PEOPLE – which is sort of the point.

What does need to get better is voter attitude.   We had a 25% turn out in my precinct and some of the 25% who turned out acted as if voting was some great burden.  Puhlease.

It is not too much to require citizens to show up, ink a ballot and slam it in a box.

Improving the technology isn’t going to magically make people care more.  That’s not a tech thing at all.

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