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As you form a goal for yourself: Ask yourself: Is it to outperform everyone else? Or is it to grow and improve?


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?




High Speed Rail is an investment in the future!

Great quotes from New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg about high-speed rail:

“What is America waiting for? I don’t want to spend money we don’t have. I’m sympathetic to the cost of debt. I’m sympathetic to encumbering our descendents with the cost of building things. But this is not wasting money.”

“The mayor complained that the current federal plan for high-speed rail projects allots just over 1% to the Northeast. “That simply just doesn’t make any sense,” he said. “What we need is a new approach to spending transportation money — one that is not dictated by politics, but based on economics.”

Read more in this Wall Street Journal article: Bloomberg Joins Obama’s Push for High-Speed Rail