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What goals and how goals – part 2

Posted by Andrew Cooper on February 10, 2009

Way back in mid-January I posted about the distinction that sports psychologists make between outcome goals and process goals.  In a nutshell, focusing on winning a race (an outcome goal) can be counterproductive because everyone else has the same goal and simply wanting to win clearly doesn’t guarantee that you will.  It’s much better, they argue, to focus on the things you need to do to maximise performance (process goals). 

Here’s the excellent Oliver Burkeman making similar points with better examples in his Guardian column last Saturday.

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2 Responses to “What goals and how goals – part 2”

  1. Great blog
    One of my blogs is motivation and its great to have some one on the same wave length,
    I also run a Football team and my main motivation is all toplay to the same method which will result in a victory, Individual motivation will result in each player playing for themself, now they have understood this the moral and performance has improved and the final outcome will be a victory, each player will then help each other for a team performance.
    david McIntosh

  2. Thanks for the comment, David.

    I’m somewhat overwhelmed with work at the moment but will try to find a chance to update the blog before too long. I know what I want to write about when I find a spare hour.

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