Focus on Engagement vs Focus on Results | Video

Focus on Engagement and See Improved Results

Focus on Engagement vs Focus on Results | Video

“Players don’t change the score in a game by staring at the scoreboard. They play the game.”

This one sentence, spoken to me by one of my mentors, has been one of the most impactful and game changing shifts in the way I show up in life and in my business.

Another way to say this is outcomes change through our engagement not by studying, observing or analyzing. For the score to change, for our relationships to improve, our businesses to grow, we must be IN the game not on the sidelines thinking about the game or observing it.

Focusing on the results or clinging to an outcome has an adverse effect on performance. Focusing on the outcome, being attached to a certain result leads to overthinking, unnecessary analysis, and slows us down.

When any player in any game starts worrying about the score or how they're doing they just don't play as well. It’s obvious to see and the same is true for us.

When you’re grasping for a particular result, your mind is distracted by one possible outcome, and is not fully present to the task at hand. When we worry about how it’s going or how we’re doing, we are not present to the person or the task at hand.

A free mind, a present mind, is the source of powerful connections, insights and flow.

When are minds are free and in the game, in the conversation, we are responsive. We naturally access to more creativity, a richer rapport and move forward with ease.

From this place, a momentum occurs, we know our next move and where to go.

Writers have to write to finish a book. Leaders have to have conversations to develop and lead their teams; business owners have to interact with potential new clients to build their business.

Results change through our engagement, by getting in the game and playing. Our work, our relationships and our lives improve one engaged action at a time.

Our engaged presence is the source of doing well in life and work. Attachment to outcome or a result has the adverse effect.

In the below video, I share real-life examples of how I've seen this for myself and with the different leaders and teams I've worked with.

“Our engaged presence is the source of doing well in life and work. Focusing on the outcome or result has the adverse effect. “

When we engage fully in the next step, the next move and in the activity of creating, we are more inspired and present. We experience more joy and fulfillment and our results naturally improve.

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Barbara Patterson is the owner of a global coaching and consulting company helping solopreneurs, entrepreneurs & leaders access more clarity, creativity, have greater impact and higher levels of fulfillment in work and life. She is the founder of Beyond Limits in Business, a global platform and community designed to point people to the source of human potential. That potential resides within and is experienced via our minds. Barb is also the host of the Real Business Real Lives podcast. You can follow Barb on Linkedin and Instagram. You can also subscribe to her weekly blog on her website at 



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