Teams Y and Z have dipped their toes in the pool and are ready to take the plunge into focusing on their goals. There are 8 days left. I asked the teams to reconnect to their goals and play. Here is a portion of the email I sent to Teams Y and Z:
The Theme for Day 6 is Playing and Planning
This Monday morning I would like you to reconnect with your goal. Say it to yourself. Is it compelling? Does it excite you? Play around with expressing your goal a few different ways until you have 2 - 3 crisp one line explanations of your goal. This exercise gives you more ammunition for sharing with others and may help you further refine your goal. Challenge yourself - is this really the goal? Make sure your are focused on the goal an not one action within the goal.
Let’s play a little basketball - to play, we need to get on the court.
You have 8 days left in the program. Your opponent is tough, has been practicing for years, and has been well fed (your opponent is your habits, beliefs, fears, resistance). I don‘t know what the score is right now, as it is different for all of you. But here’s the thing - it does not matter. You can win even if you have been asleep on the bench (or in the stands). Most of you have been playing the game.
What’s your game plan? What plays and maneuvers will ensure that you win over your opponent?
You can only make the shots you take.
Take some time today to redeclare your goals and to plan your plays. Have fun with it. Make sure your thoughts and ideas are “on the court“ conversations.
I am sure you have heard this before. Many professional athletes will admit that conditioning and athletic capabilities are important, but that the difference between winning and losing is often a head game. This applies to all of us. We need certain skills and experiences, yes, but what’s most important is what’s going on in our heads (belief-action cycle).
Teams Y and Z are off to a very interesting start. Several folks have had what I consider to be pretty major breakthroughs already. Others are just getting warmed up! No worries, there's still lots of opportunities to create breakthroughs. There are several participants who struggle with "Stargazing" - thinking too much and acting not enough. They are writing each other about their challenges and helping each other "just do it."
Y and Z - How are you feeling?