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How your goals prove that you care…or that you don’t!

Preamble: What you’re about to walk through, step by step, will be for the vast majority, completely counter-intuitive. Most us have bought into something I’ll call The Myth Of Greatness, or worse, The Myth Of Instant Greatness. We approach goal setting as if the emotional high of the dream will be sufficient to pull us through all the challenges from beginning to end. Sadly, this is simply not so. Greatness is actually built up upon the foundation of practice mastery, which must be attained in a sustainable manner with daily, rhythmic execution. I’m not asking you to agree right now, in advance. Or, even merely after you read and study the steps below. I am assuring you that this proof will withstand any form of testing you wish to give it, though. It is bedrock solid. So, if you’re willing, just open your mind a bit and see where the steps lead.
I do, however, have to warn you in advance. The good news is that if your goals live up to these 10 points, you can easily prove you care. But the bad news is that if even one of them is missing…

Here we go:

1. We must care, each day, whether or not we hit our numerical goal for that day as a binary minimum. Binary? At or above = success; beneath = failure.

Care About: The day itself, alone.

2. We must care, each day, about the impact of hitting or missing today’s goal as it relates to the entire week’s numerical goal also as a binary minimum.

Care About: The impact of one day’s outcome as it affects the week’s performance.

3. We must care about the week’s goal, all the way to the point where we’ll correct our behavior so as to hit it.

Care About: The week itself.

4. We must most especially care as the cumulative percent of goal begins to predict failure for the week. This means that…

Care About: Cumulative days’ impact when predicting the week’s failure.

5. As one day’s failure is followed by another, we must care more, and work more to correct so that the week’s goal can be hit.

Care About: Investing more and more, as failures mount.

6. We must care about the force, effectiveness, intelligence, accuracy, proficiency and practice of planning, and learn how to enhance our planning during any given week, as our percentages fall off, so as to correct for them. And…

Care About: Planning as the ultimate tool of performance correction.

7. We must care about the intensity, the rising intensity of our dedication, commitment, focus, sacrifice, endeavor and just plain hard work, harder and harder work, until we learn how to hit our daily goals as predictable minimums and not randomly.

Care About: The harder and harder work to ensure that planning converts to and succeeds in execution.

8. The word for this is…FLOOR. Our daily goals must become a type of floor beneath which we do not drop, so that our weekly goal can also become a completely predictable minimum. If you learn how to do that, how to make your weekly goal a floor, then no one will ever be able to accuse you of NOT caring! Least of all…YOURSELF.

Care About: Goals as, ultimately, a 100% accurate prediction of performance as a Floor.

9. But what about great goals, inspiring ones, those requiring more than all you have? There is a place for such goals, absolutely. And, when you’re ready for them, they can be some of the most exciting and powerful challenges you ever tackle. But, these are NOT the stuff of daily practice mastery. Where practice mastery empowers such goals over time, practice mastery is, itself, the necessary precursor before such great and vast goals can be realistically set.

Care About: Daily practice mastery as the path to greatness.

10. Rather, what is needed are standards, necessities, the fundamentals and foundations of predictable performance. This is a far greater competency than most of us recognize. What is needed are goals that, when hit truly do qualify as success, but success at its most basic, sustainable and necessary. The minimum cannot be so low as to lead to unsustainable results. Thus, your daily and weekly minimums must be as low as possible, but not too low. Finding sustainability is a tremendous challenge in its own right. And, there is never a penalty for exceeding your minimums. But, they must stand strong such that where missing them equals failure, hitting them equals success, sustainable success.

Care About: Goals as necessary-yet-sustainable minimums that assure success.

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