This morning I was listening to the recorded version of the Dave Ramsey show like I do every morning. In all his wisdom (which is why I listen) he said to someone who called in that they had competing goals. I believe the caller was asking if her husband should go back to school or they should pay off debt. I can’t remember the full context of the story. However, Dave talked about competing goals and gave a few illustrations of what competing goals look like.
Maybe your goal is to grow within your company. But you also want to spend more time with your family. We have some competing goals here don’t we. So what do you do? Life is full of seasons. You may be in a season right now where you have to pay now so you can play later. Nothing in life is forever, seasons come and go. Summer is almost over and it will soon be fall, so seasons constantly change.
You can’t get ahead by working 40 hours. The bottom line is 40 hours is basically the starting line. What you do after that first 40 hours is what will lead to success. I have seen it, witnessed it, and experienced it. So what is your goal?
Yesterday I was talking to a good friend of mine. He likes to play golf, he is a big time golfer and is really good at golf. However, in our weekly accountability meeting we discussed the fact that he doesn’t have much time for golf right now because his goal is to sacrifice now, so it will pay later. He made his decision and even though one of his goals is to maintain being really good at golf. What is more important right now is putting in 60 hours a week in work, training, education, etc. So he can feed his family and prep for his future desires. Which is even more important. After 40 Hours is where his real work begins.
Competing goals. In the pursuit multiple high priority goals, one is diluted. You can’t serve two masters. Pick a goal, pursue it, and don’t look back. I say this many times: The reason I write/blog is for my own accountability. I have competing goals right now in my life and career. I have to find more focus, pick a major goal and stick with it.
Remember life is full of seasons. Just like a baseball player, basketball player, or football player, the more seasons we have the closer we get to greatness. Athletes during their season don’t do anything else except focus on the goal, which is a championship. We should do the same.
What is your definition of championship? Is it a promotion? If so, it is time to focus on the season you are in or need to be in and pursue that goal.