Success is a Consequence and must not be a Goal

Your primary goal should always be simply to improve and finish the work, hopefully enjoying the process as much as possible. Your secondary goal can be to attain some measure of success, but it is important to keep this goal firmly subordinate to the first one.

“During my routine and even after it, I did not think it was all that perfect,” said the gymnast Nadia Comaneci, whose unprecedented score of 10.0 at the 1976 Olympics exemplifies perfection on a grand sports stage (the scoreboard wasn’t still ready, so it displayed 1.00 instead). “I thought it was pretty good, but athletes don’t think about history when making history. They think about what they’re doing, and that’s how it gets done.”

Top sportsmen say: “I know it’s a very important game, but we cannot play it like that, like it’s history being played out. It is a football game we want to win, and the only way to do that is to treat it like a football game. It’s not about being perfect. I don’t even know what perfect in sports is.”

No, winning doesn’t make you perfect; we have to focus on excellence, not perfectionism. Hard work for consistent, excellent good results is what matters. Perfect is not the goal.

in all these cases the first thing we see is the overwhelming confidence that intense preparation brings about.

To succeed we need a goal. Not the goal be to Succeed. Success will come from reaching that goal. It’s kinda like for there to be victory one must first know the conditions for victory. In that instance winning would be the replaced by success and conditions for victory would be the goal.

Summing-up: Success is a result, not a goal. Success is a consequence of what we’ve done.

These notes have been taken from:

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *