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Focusing on Improvement Can Bring Joy



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Looking back over my professional career, I’ve always been a highly-driven individual. Even though I attribute much of my success to this, I also attribute it to much of the joy I’ve lacked in my life, and the continual struggle I have to live in the moment and enjoy the present.

As leaders this can become problematic too, especially it we focus on achieving perfection at the expense of enjoying the process, or the progress we are making. Recently, I was watching the Tony Romo episode of A Football Life. Like most of us, Tony’s life has been a mixed bag of success and failure. But, one of the things he said really caught my attention: “Forget about winning and losing. It was ultimately the feeling of improvement that brought me joy.” At the end of the day, he found enjoyment in improving his ability to throw the football well – perhaps even more than he enjoyed playing the game itself.

So, with this in mind, I want to share with you a great article I came across by Linda Cypers Kamen. Linda is a coach and the producer of the Harvesting Happiness Podcast. In her article, Progress Does Not Mean Perfection, Linda offers up three great suggestions for us to focus on improvement more than we do on achieving perfection. Perfection: Is that really possible anyway?

Here’s her tips. You can click on the link below to read the full article.

  1. Determine your end goal
  2. Associate pleasure with achieving your goal
  3. Re-frame setbacks as learning opportunities

Click Here to Read the Full Article

“Forget about winning and losing. It was ultimately the feeling of improvement that brought me joy.” – Tony Romo


Nathan R Mitchell is America’s Leading Empowerment Coach™ and the Editor of Leadership Addict. In 2010 he founded the business and leadership development company, Clutch Consulting. Nathan is also a Certified Speaker, Trainer, and Coach with The John Maxwell Team. Originally from Springfield Missouri, Nathan earned his B.S. Degree in Management and an MBA from Missouri State University. Currently, he lives near Tulsa Oklahoma with his wife and children. His purpose in life is to empower others to lead to their full leadership potential.


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