Last week I had the opportunity to watch my two nephews Brayden (age 7) & Lucas (age 3) for a few hours. While playing at the park I was listening to them gather all the pine cones and start throwing them at their target, an innocent tree. Brayden would pick up each pine cone one by one and then count the number of times he missed hitting the tree. I was fascinated and had to stop and shoot video.
You see, here is what I know, what you focus on increases. So, I asked him, Brayden how many times did you hit the tree? He said, I don’t know.
I ask you in your board rooms. Do you count the number of misses or the number of wins? What you focus on increases.
If your organization is focused on recruiting members celebrate each new one, distributing a newsletter focus on the distribution and readership, social media focus on the connections made not how large the candidate pool is. Looking at your finances celebrate the revenues generated don’t focus on where you want it to be. Each one of these little “wins” just like Brayden hitting the tree with the pine cones gets you one more closer to your goals.
Each and every organization I work with has different business plans, goals and ways of getting there. Yet, what I know is that the things they focus on increase. So, focus on success.
Brayden and I had a nice talk when we headed home from the park. We looked at all the pine cones that did hit the tree. No matter what your goal when success is what you focus on more success is already on its way to you.
What will your board focus on at their next board meeting?