Strategy without tactics is the slowest route to victory. Tactics without strategy is the noise before defeat. – Sun Tzu.
I just returned from South Korea!
It was such an honor to have been asked by the United States Olympic Committee to be an Athlete Ambassador for all of the 2018 USA Olympians.
In meeting with these Olympians it once again confirmed that it takes a sound strategy and implementation to reach a goal.
After years and years of studying goal setting and strategies that successful athletes, leaders and corporations alike have either failed or succeeded in applying, I have created a strategy for achieving higher performance and reaching a myriad of goals.
PACE perFORMance StrategyTM
Today I want to briefly discuss the first critical step in this goal setting strategy.
Define your PURPOSE.
Why do you want to reach your goal? Why is it important? Does your goal make you want to jump out of bed in the morning?
The answer might seem obvious at first, but those immediate answers typically won't be the ones to drive passion. The more time, effort and sincerity that you put into this response, the more deep rooted it will become and your purpose will ultimately carry you through those tougher times in the goal achieving process.
If there is one thing that I learned from my time with more than 200 Olympians this month, it is that in setting their goals, each of their purpose is very deep rooted. Nothing can divert these athletes from their purpose. These athletes, the absolute best in the United States and many of whom are the absolute best in the world at what they do, have a very strong answer as to WHY they are heading in the direction that they are heading and they are very passionate about doing it. They have overcome serious obstacles and trials and yet, they continue to set their sights on the purpose of their goals and drive forward toward their destination.
Why don't Olympians quit? Why don't they give up when most others would find reasons to change paths and directions?
They have a very defined purpose (which is a very valuable lesson to each of us striving to achieve any goal at any level) and a clear vision as to what they hope to leave behind.
I met with the U.S. Olympic athletes throughout an 8 day span and discussed what it meant to be a part of Team USA and what it meant to leave a legacy. It was a surreal feeling to be standing up there when, in what seemed to be a blink of the eye, I was just sitting in their position and contemplating what legacy I wanted to leave once my Olympic journey would come to an end.
In order to imagine what you want your legacy to be, it is best to
"begin with the end in mind".
-Stephen R. Covey
In meeting with the Olympians, I would ask,
WHAT DO YOU WANT YOUR LEGACY TO BE?
After they thought about this question for a moment, they shared what they hoped their legacy would be. Responses came from gold, silver and bronze medalists in every Olympic winter sport from downhill skiing, to speed skating and from hockey to half pipe snowboarding. There wasn't one single response that came down to the result that they would hope to achieve, the fame they would have or the possible sponsorships they could possibly obtain at the end of their career. Every single response came down to the positive impact they wanted to have on the people watching... more often than not, the positive impact they hoped to have on the younger generations.
Legacy isn't confined to Olympic dreams, large aspirations or BHAGS (Big Hairy Audacious Goals). Leaving a legacy can be considered in many areas of life by beginning with the end in mind.
In doing this, you will ultimately find a very necessary key component to achieving your goals: A deeper rooted purpose.
Consider for yourself these questions:
What legacy do I hope to leave when I reach the end of my life?
What legacy do I hope to leave behind within my career?
What legacy do I hope to leave behind for my family?
(If you have a goal) What impact do I want to have on others by setting this goal for myself?
What positive impact will I have on someone else TODAY?
In beginning with the end in mind, we can more efficiently move in one direction towards our goals. As legacy and purpose become aligned and strengthened, passion is ignited and resiliency to trials and setbacks will ultimately be embedded on the path to higher performance.
"Nothing will divert me from my purpose."