Yesterday I posted information about Heidi Grant Halvorson’s book – Succeed: How We Can Reach Our Goals, 2010, Hudson Street Press – and how framing your effort around improvement is more helpful in the long run than framing your efforts around the goal to be the best. p 59
If you haven’t read yesterday’s post, here is a link, it may be helpful.
Heidi Grant Halvorson would say the person who is striving to best the best or be #1, would agree with the following sentences:
“It is very important to me to do well at school or work compared to my classmates or coworkers.
I really care about making a good impression on other people.
It’s important to me to show that I am smart and capable.
When I am with other people, I think a lot that other people like me.
I try to do better than my coworkers or classmates.
In school or at work I am focused on demonstrating my ability.” P. 57 & 58
“Psychologist refer to the desire to be good – to show that you are smart or talented or capable, or to outperform other people – as having a performance goal. When you pursue performance goals, your energy is directed at achieving a particular outcome.” p. 59
Achieving a particular outcome does not insure that you will: gain understanding, integration, and/or connection to what you already know, believe or do.
As you a form goal for yourself – think about what you need for your learning. Is it to outperform everyone else? Or is it to grow and improve?