Mental target practice

Anyone who has ever had a go at archery will know exactly how important mental target practice is before you draw the bow. In an ideal world we’d all make plans and goals and then only do whatever it takes to hit them. In reality I know people and businesses whose style is more like aim, fire, then say whatever they hit was their target. It’s an easy out, but not a great strategy for big decisions.

Whenever you’re faced with major decision making a good test is to check your motivation.  Are you running towards a goal or running from something – are you escape focused or target focused? Escaping a situation is often driven by reacting and so can be poorly planned, i.e. the only direction you’re headed in is “not here!” Instead, your focus should be on where you really want to go next (not just where the exits are).