2020 Goals

Posted by Luke McMeeken-Ruscoe on

Shaving and goals don't seem like they come together in a very natural way unless your goals it to shave all the time or not shave at all but hair (classic) me out. 

People often make goals around moments of significance, the most common is new years resolutions so it has been about 2 months and I thought I would check-in and see how the progress is going?

Most people fail at their resolutions because the goals are too abstract or they are not emotionally connected to the goals. They may want the change but there is no cost to not doing the work and overcoming inertia is a very difficult task. Its why Netflix created the auto-start so you just sit there any another show takes control of your decision of what to do next. 

Lots of research suggests that figuring out who you want to be and then acting in a way that is consistent with that person provides better outcomes. Goal setting is usually outcome-focused. I want to lose 10kgs. This focuses on outcomes and not behaviours. Outcomes are created by many tiny decisions over a period of time.

If you want to be a musician, you don't wake up and have all this musically talent. But if you think what would a musician do, they would practice their instrument every day. This creates achievable actions. It's not saying that you have to be perfect, its just saying can you spend 30 minutes of your day playing the guitar. 

In Malcolm Gladwell's book Outliers, he talked about the 10,000 hours it takes to get good at something. Its the effort over time that adds up, the cliche the journey not the destination. 

I am going through this with my social media and blog posting. I am an ideas guy, a little less brilliant in the design and writing space. It's a challenge to push that ego aside and know that done is better than perfect. I am not going to amazing straight away but over time I will get better. 

Shift your focus from outcomes and starting looking at your behaviours. 

Goal Orientated: I want to lose 10kgs

Behaviour Orientated: I am going to be a person who goes to the gym 4 times a week. 

Goal Orientated: I want to read more. 

Behaviour Orientated: I am going to be a person who reads for 30 minutes a day. 

Focus on the behaviours and how that tunes into the person you want to become. For some good books in this space, you can check you out Jess Guermellin's The Leap Process and Daniel Coyle’s The Talent Code: Greatness Isn’t Born: It’s Grown

I hope you are powering through those resolutions. 

Shave well, look like a legend, tell someone they mean the world to you.




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