Mind games

“What should you worry about?” screamed the headline of an article in this week’s Parade Magazine.How good are you at assessing risk? Do you panic about the wrong things and as a result misjudge the potential of others? It’s a complex world; how do you know the problems you’re focused on are the ones that really need solving?

These are some of the questions the National Center for Parents as Teachers grappled with over the past few months as it drafted a new strategic plan. It wasn’t easy. Skilled facilitators helped us see that limited resources (both financial and human) meant we had to make tough decisions about where to focus our efforts.

Read Strategy and the Fat Smoker, Melissa advised our strategic planning group. Just like a fat smoker, we know what we have to do and why we have to do it to achieve our goals. We know we need to change our habits to achieve results. So why is it so hard to do what’s good for us? It’s uncomfortable and takes discipline, that’s why!

Gina is a member of our Weight Watchers at work group. She’s lost 91 pounds this year and last week shared a secret. “Sometimes I play mind games with myself,” she said. “I’ll tell myself I’ll just walk 10 minutes on the treadmill but after 10 minutes I’ll say ‘Just 5 minutes more’ and before you know it it’s been 45 minutes.” Her mind games helped her meet her weight loss goal.

What kind of mind games can organizations play to achieve their goals?


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