Rewards and penalties — Week 39
Well. I wondered why I had no feedback on this one. Seems I forgot to publish it. So here it is, only five days late.
There is no quit on this process of shedding half of me, though it may have seemed like it lately. Again I’ve been caught up looking for that magic bullet, only to return to the logic of the 1-degree shift.
This week I am going to a lesson from Pat Summitt, who just retired as women’s basketball coach at the University of Tennessee. I found this once when preparing a podcast episode. Summitt told Success Magazine her teams never began the season with a national championship as a goal, though her teams won eight in the 38 years she was head coach. The problem with that kind of goal, she said, is if there is a problem early on you risk losing “morale, self-discipline and chemistry.”
Frankly I think the term “goal” is best used for short-term accomplishments. Something for the long term takes a more holistic approach.
For the short term, though, a goal is worth pursuing. What helps get there is setting up a system of rewards or penalties, something else Summitt discussed.
“Setting up a system that rewards you for meeting your goals and has penalties for failing to hit your target is just as important as putting your goals down on paper.”
So for this week I have four 1-degree shifts I’ve committed to, with rewards and penalties as part of the operation. I’m keeping all those to myself, but they’re written and visible.