- Like in sports, when we’re winning in life, we’re scoring, and when we’re not scoring or attaining our goals, we’re losing.
- It’s an outward indicator of our state of affairs.
One way to know we are winning or losing is to keep score, and we use numbers.
Like in sports, when we’re winning in life, we’re scoring, and when we’re not scoring or attaining our goals, we’re losing. Hence, the importance of goals.
It’s an outward indicator of our state of affairs, and it works. However, there is a more powerful scale.
Growth is a different system. It measures what is happening within and affects your environment.
It’s possible to achieve goals outwardly as you wither inside. So, how do leaders make this shift? Here are four ways.
Growth mindset, not fixed
We live in times of massive changes, and one way to deal with changes at this level is through growth.
It is the wrong era to insist on old ways, and refuse change. A fixed mindset could easily hinder your progress.
The skill to mentally evolve as required is an absolute essential in modern culture. Beyond merely achieving goals, a growth mindset would take you further.
Effective leaders understand the importance of being mentally flexible. It means that you’re open to other perspectives.
You are teachable when you can discard your old ways of thinking and adopt an idea that works better. It’s a sign of growth.
You are willing to consider new information, and change when necessary. The goal paradigm teaches you to strive for results, but the growth paradigm teaches you to evolve as a person.
Connect with growing people
One way to successfully make the shift from goals to growth is to surround yourself with growing people. Those who appreciate the present, but proactively press into the future.
These people want to be, do and have more. They genuinely seek the continuous refinement of their thinking and approach to life.
Growing people are committed to continuous learning, and invest in it in a measure that matches their commitment.
When you shift your focus from goal-obsessed people to those who are growth-focused, the difference is clear.
Here, you understand your limits, and therefore, are open and committed to continuous learning.
You are not only about ego-boosting achievements, but allowing the process to shape you into a wholesome person.
Humility also means being open to feedback. You won’t always get it right, and someone knows better.
Are you willing to admit to your limitations, listen and improve? The focus on goals alone inflates the ego, but a shift to growth develops the person as goals are achieved.