Last week, we asked this question in context to doing a review of your health priorities:
What do I get when I “win”?
One of our favorite sayings is, “Don’t play games that aren’t worth winning.” You may have heard something similar in the past; “Play stupid games, win stupid prizes.” It’s always a good laugh to see that as a caption on a stunt gone wrong.
With this intention, what we are really asking of ourselves (or our clients) is to work backwards from success. What does it look like at your destination; was it everything you ever wanted? Are you a better person because of it? A better version of yourself?
These are the “games worth playing.” A purposeful career. A meaningful health goal. Sustainable growth, meaning we can then go from that destination (outcome) to the next. No small ball.
In order to figure out what these games are, you’ll have to fail. We aren’t saying to avoid risk. We also aren’t saying to take everything you do seriously; “fun” can be a worthwhile outcome. Simply work backwards from “winning”; do you like the time and effort it takes to get there? The financial cost? The social, emotional, physical, and mental cost?
Therefore, we apply this framework to your health goals, your career, your relationships, and any other part of your life that requires meaningful decision making.
Ask yourself, “What do I get when I win?”
If it’s worth doing, give it everything you’ve got.