When reflecting on January’s Moxie theme, “Focusing your Drive,” it became very clear that there were so many ways to interpret this concept. At first, most people probably think it means “refining your goals” (especially at this time of year) or “setting your priorities straight.” Some might interpret it as a way of saying, “stop multi-tasking and concentrate only on what matters.” While others might simply think it’s “shop talk” for professional drivers. And while all of these can be perceived as correct, I wanted to figure out how to interpret it and apply it to our own lives!
Upon doing a bit of research, I found a plethora of “you can do it” articles and “how-to” blogs that explain why it’s so important to set goals for yourself and your business. Perfect! But what really interested me was an article titled “Drive Faster by Focusing on Your Potential.” Sounded inspirational, but you can imagine my surprise when I was directed to a website called speedsecrets.com – all things “Performance & Race Driving” (Thank you, Google). And while I gained some interesting insight into car-racing, which is a whole world of its own, it was that very article that led me there that I ended up reflecting on for quite some time.
The article opens by stating the massive amounts of research that show how our brains are programmed to very accurately match our expectations and not exceed them. Kind of a bummer, right? But then the article continued with a racing analogy that shows why this might not be a bad thing:
“I can’t tell you the number of times that I’ve seen a driver head out onto the track with a specific lap time in mind – an expected result – and then match it. But here’s the thing: Other drivers, because the track gripped up, went faster. Because the driver in question had put an expectation in his mind, he was unable to exceed it, even if the track and his car were capable of doing so. Instead of setting expectations, focus on the possibilities, on what could happen. Focus on your performance, and on its potential.”
Never did I think that I would gain some business insight from NASCAR that I could apply to my own life, but I’m so happy that I stumbled upon this because it’s such an enlightening concept. This article is a great reminder that in mapping out our plans for 2016, we should not be setting limits for ourselves and our businesses, for those will only shelter our success. Instead we should be focusing on our potential and the possibility of overall growth both professionally and personally. Focusing on what’s imaginable vs. what’s attainable is the difference between meeting & exceeding your goals. And that’s what we should all strive to do in an effort to thrive this year!
How are you focusing your drive for 2016?
Read the full article from SpeedSecrets HERE.