MY IRONMAN JOURNEY – Lessons learnt Part III

Reward effort not talent

For years I have been sharing with corporate groups around the world the benefits of adopting a growth mindset.  In essence, Individuals (and organisations) who believe their talents can be developed (through hard work, good strategies, and input from others) have a growth mindset. They tend to achieve more than those with a more fixed mindset (those who believe their talents are innate gifts). 

A major pillar of a growth mindset is the attitude of rewarding the progression toward a goal (not just the end goal itself).

This is one of the things I have loved about my IRONMAN journey. IRONMAN is a sport that rewards effort. It is almost impossible to cover the vast distances needed through talent and little training. The effort you put in is what is rewarded on race day. They often say race day is a reward for all the training you put together. It’s a chance to celebrate your hard work. It’s nothing more than another opportunity to show off your fitness.

Something we can all do (individuals and organisations alike) is to place more emphasis on the progression toward our goals, not just reward the end goal itself (in IRONMAN it was the finish time, but in business the finish line is EOFY revenue targets, sales targets etc).

If you are interested in finding out more on how Cas’ Keynotes and workshops can help your corporate team achieve a growth mindset, please get in touch.