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Monday, March 11, 2013
'To be the best I can be.'
This is one of the phrases we hear most when asking what a client’s ultimate goals include. At the same time this phrase can either be considered an excuse or an amazingly powerful objective.
If you use it as an excuse then it is likely you are already about as good as you are going to be.
On the other hand if you are using it as a motivating force - a guiding star - then you are constantly looking for ways to get better. The “getting better” attitude means there is a constant tension between being dissatisfied with your current state and acknowledging the progress you are making. The getting better attitude has the following characteristics:
1. Errors are genuinely seen as learning opportunities.
2. Feedback is constantly sought. In fact you probably drive other people mad by constantly asking for feedback...and accepting and learning from it.
3. You are a ‘doer’. Working hard, monitoring your results and looking for affirmation that you are progressing.
4. You are prepared to try things which are different or non-conventional, provided the logic behind doing them is clear.
Do you genuinely hold the ‘getting better’ attitude? If you do, then good on you; you’ll find your competition lessens as you attain ever-higher levels of output and performance.