Tip of the Week
Insurance Against Mediocrity
What is it: Effort goals are milestones for focus; focus on the
fundamental elements of a successful endeavor.
Why it’s Important: Success in the goal is a by-product of effort
put into its elements.
The Problem: Big goals seductively distract us from mastering the
essential fundamental elements
The Tip: Experiment by clarifying your intentions and focusing your
attention on one small element of a bigger goal. Play your game or approach your task with
this one element in mind.
7 Benefits of the Effort Goal
Action: Focus enables action
Energy: Clarity magnifies energy
Confidence: There is security in knowing you’re headed
in the right direction
Effortless: It’s easier to get into action when you’re
clear about what you’re doing
Feedback: More action brings more feedback for
Inspiration: Goals pull us forward vs. require our push
to get to them
Adventure: You’re free to see just how big your goal can
be. Sometimes what we thought was the ceiling, was actually the floor.
I want to acknowledge Coach Robert Keith,
Department Chairperson, Physical Education, Scarsdale Middle School, for the idea.
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