The leading sports people and teams are more successful because they focus on the process rather than the result.

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The All Blacks doing the Haka, process that they focus on to achieve better results

Focus on the process rather than results

Set Action-Focused Goals 

There has been shift in Elite Sport psychology over the last three decades away from a focus on winning to a focus on how you win.

If you read or listen closely to an interview with a leading sportsperson, you may notice that they talk about the process rather than the result.

They focus on achieving optimal performance rather than on the position that they want.

The all-conquering New Zealand All Blacks rugby team is widely regarded as the best team of all time in any sport.

In an article, the interviewer asked them about a record they would break if they won their next match.

Their response?

That they were focused on how they would go about the next game and had not given any thought to the record.

If you want to learn more about what makes the All Blacks so successful, then read Jim Kerr’s book, Legacy: What the All Blacks can teach us about the business of life.

Cover of Legacy: What the All Blacks can teach us about the business of life, by James Kerr

Focus On The Process Not The Result

The article could have been written on any number of occasions and the response would be the same: focus on the process not on the result.

The reason for this is that results are by and large out of your control.

You might have an off day on the same day that your competition excels.

To win in this situation, you need make sure that your performance is consistently at its best.

You do this by making your goals and their Gateways action-focused, rather than result-focused.

It is okay to want results; you just need to know how to get them.

That is why an action-focus is important.

Use Results As Motivation

You can use results as a motivation by treating them as rewards.

If you are action-focused, then you will:

  • Set meaningful goals that allow you to begin with the end in mind.
  • Focus on the process, rather the results, by setting clear, specific and concrete Gateways.
  • Invest in continuous personal improvement.

By taking ownership of your actions, they become under your control.

This does not mean that you cannot delegate.

Just that if you do delegate make sure that you remain responsible for progress.

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