A Champions first priority is goal clarity. Why goal clarity is so important is because the number one reason people don’t achieve their goals consistently and predictably is that they don’t have goal clarity. People get this idea that you can have this fuzzy goal and you can just show up and in process of pursuing the goal you can refine it to get that level of clarity. And that’s really not how it goes. Because with the fuzziness we may not be pursuing a goal at all. We may be pursuing a wish, it may be a vison or it may be a dream, and none of those are a goal. And, because of that, we can drift a bit away from our real goal. All of a sudden 1 degrees becomes 2 degrees that becomes 4 degrees that becomes 16 degrees and so on and so forth, I think you get the idea. With this slow drift away we cannot maintain a real specific type trajectory, eventually we find ourselves stalled and going backwards until we find ourselves, possibly, permanently stalled and forfeit all the resources that we put into the movement into that goal at that moment in time that we may not get back again. And that to me is 100% preventable.
The reason why having a really tight clear goal is that it gives us a very special type of focus that I call GOCUS. The first part of that definition, of this type of focus, is really a hyper focus. Where we are able to focus on the things in front of us that we need to get done to be able to carry our maximum goal achievement momentum forward. You got to have it. But that’s really a coning down. Where we our looking from our eyes and our mind to a specific objective that we are working on in front of us. Which is almost a really tight almost singular point which is absolutely necessary. But then we have a lot more field of vision than that. We have our peripheral vison. Which goes to the sides of us where we can see a little more to the right and a lot more to the left. And that’s really 280 degrees of vision with our periphery. What happens in our periphery it’s all essentially about two things, a landing pad of ideas that may be gifted to us to see a path to a bigger better goal that we couldn’t figure out when we were hyper focused and coned down and are excluding the possibility of that. There may be an insight there may be a vison or an image of something that creates a course of correction that massively, exponentially grows our goal. In the periphery, there’s also where our blindsides are starting to form and we can see blindsides are starting to form and we can see blindsides that if left to play themselves out we may never recover from them. And when we are aware of that we can see the problem and take care of them. And many of the problems we have in our goals and prevent us from achieving our goals are preventable. When we combine hyper focus to get the tasks in front of us in the least amount of time with the ability to see better options and remove ourselves from the risk of pending blindsides, then we have the best of all worlds. And that’s why this is always the champions first priority, this is called clarity. And the way we gain clarity in gocus is that the champions they really want the right goal and they aren’t really worried about the smart goal, but they are worried about the right goal. And the five letters that make up right stand for the criteria in pick the right goal.
The R in RIGHT stands for relevant and the goal that we are pursuing or considering pursuing has to be relevant in terms of bring us immediate now real-time value and also defines for us the level of contributions that we will be making to others and to our legacy. Relevancy.
The I in RIGHT stands for indicators. There must be indicators for progress, which are milestones of progress. Much like a flight plan that must be submitted from the take off point to a landing point. And the reason why those milestones are important; examples of those maybe. When I was trying to become an Olympian, first I needed to compete locally and win, then regionally and win, then state wide and win, then nationally and win, then I needed to go to the Olympic trials and win. Those were indicators of progress that were important for my mind, body, and soul to weigh in on. Because they’re independent parts of us that our going to be voting on whether we need to be pursuing the goal or not. When we have alignment in our mind body and soul meaning that the goal is high enough to engage our intellect it excites our intellect and it also is appropriate for our body it’s not too much or too little for our body and our soul is able to anchor into it because there is a gravitational sense or rightness or altruism with the goal. Then we have a sense of harmony we have a sense of anticipation we have a sense belief that we can do it. Indicators in the process are absolutely essential.
The G in RIGHT stands for gravity. And gravity really is a magnetism between us to our goal and our goal to us. There’s a really well defined and pull in the two of us that is compelling in a sense of the goal has chosen us and we have chosen the goal. And there’s a force behind that that compels us to actually have to pursue our goal, it has to be there.
The H in RIGHT stands for hype. Our goal must have a certain elevation and value. Also, in terms of the goal itself, it must be at a place that our mind, body, and soul believe in the importance but also the value and excitement that it brings to us in terms of the quality of life experience. There’s got to be enough altitude, otherwise we are going to fall asleep, we are going to drift, we are going to daydream in the process. Or if it’s too big we are going to hold on and white knuckle it in fear that we can’t do it and we are going to spend more time fearing that we can’t do it rather than executing it. It has to be there right altitude.
The T in RIGHT stands for time. There are three times. Number one we have to have the sense that it is the right time to pursue the goal and you know what that is you just see it “yea this is the next time. Alright its time to go.” We also have to have the time to execute it. If we don’t have the time to execute it then we don’t know if we want to do it because we may create an unnecessary stall. The third type of time is the time from the inception of the time of starting to go for the goal to completing the goal, does that work for us?
When we test our goal against the right goal criteria and we find alignment with it and if we find alignment isn’t there we can always modify our goal or change something with us to align it so we have the right goal then all of a sudden our confidence goes up and when we have that clarity and gocus then we are able to proceed ahead and virtually in the first try achieve our goal with the least effort, the least time, and the least expense. Which is really the way to do it. So that’s the way the champions do it. And that’s the reason the champions number one priority is to get goal clarity
Just keep doing the first thing that champions do. They show up. Because that’s where the magic happens.