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Find a Game You Can Win

Winning creates energy.

(We saw that last week with the Touchdown Dance.)

This is a fact you can use to your advantage.

Want more energy? 

Start winning. 🏆 

“I can’t just start winning!” says the whiny, argumentative part of my brain. “You think I’m not trying already?!”

I’m going to let that part keep whining, and usher a wiser part onstage.

One that’s been catching on to a cool truth: If I’m trying hard and I’m not winning, then it’s time to change the game.

This is basically the premise behind the Two-Minute Rule, a key part of James Clear’s brilliant Atomic Habits model.

The Two-Minute Rule states, “When you start a new habit, it should take less than two minutes to do.”

Want to start running every day (but you’re not)? [Game you’re losing.]

Change the game. Commit to putting on your running shoes. [Game you can win; follows Two-Minute Rule.]

Want to slow down and savor everything you eat (but you’re not)? [Game you’re losing.]

Commit to savoring your very first bite of food every day. [Game you can win; follows Two-Minute Rule.]

Want to grow your LinkedIn audience but get paralyzed trying to write engaging content? [Game you’re losing.]

Commit to posting SOMETHING, anything, every weekday for 30 days, and not worrying about how it performs. [Game you can win.]

You get the gist. 

Don’t underestimate the importance of scaling whatever “game” you’re playing into a part small enough that you can get those jolts of joy and dopamine that come as you’re making progress.

Once you start winning, then you can expand your sights. 

Victoriously yours,

Rachel

PS – Still piloting those Clarity Breakthrough Sessions. Hit reply to schedule. Meanwhile, got another, totally unsolicited testimonial about one on LinkedIn this week. “Mind blown. Had a screw-my-cranium back-in-place type of explosion…. Rachel just has a way of finding exactly what’s in your noggin, extracting it, and laying it bare right in front of you and giving you uber clarity.” 

PPS – “Find a game you can win” is a leadership principle I helped my client Andy Eby articulate recently, and the credit for it belongs to him. Take a brilliant, ambitious former NFL player, put him at the head of a 2500-employee senior living company, and magic seems to follow. 🥰

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