Steve White knows what it takes to set and achieve worthwhile goals. During his time as President of Comcast West, he inspired his team to bring in billions in annual revenue. In his leadership workbook, Leading with Clarity, Steve outlines three, key steps that are necessary for producing results.
In this interview with Leon Ho, founder and CEO of Lifehack.org, Steve asks common questions related to goals and building toward the future.
It seems like everyone is talking about goals. Do goals still matter?
Goals absolutely still matter! However, you are correct to some extent: EVERYONE these days seems to discuss goals, even in the workplace, when employees are given measurable goals they need to achieve. What we at Lifehack try to communicate is that goals need to hold more importance to people – they should not be frivolous. As such, we instead call goals life missions. Life missions are programmed into your subconscious and the reason why you care deeply about certain things. Once you recognize these life missions, you will be a lot more successful because you will have a deeper connection to them and more fully understand their value.
How can someone overcome failure?
We need to stop thinking about winning or losing. It’s too stressful, and when we are too focused on positive outcomes – and punishing ourselves when we veer from the course of achieving those outcomes – it prevents us from seeing other ways or methods to achieve our life missions. This is known as a progress or growth mindset. If someone can capture something from the experience — growth, learning, or observations, even some small measurable improvement — they’ve succeeded.
Once people achieve a goal they set, what should they do next?
Well, for one thing, they should congratulate themselves for their success! But it needs to be more than that because achieving a goal or life mission should not just be one and done. I believe that it’s all about capturing something from the experience – growth, learning, and observations along the way. Because of the intense focus on changing a mindset to achieve a goal, these “achievers” most likely will find themselves seeking their next challenge – through which they will apply their newfound mindset.