Changing your scorecard is about making a shift in mindset. It involves consciously changing your evaluation of your own effort and results. How many times have you arrived home at the end of a stressful day and had no earthly idea what you accomplished? To make matters worse, you are feeling guilty because you are later than usual, and it looks like chicken nuggets and mac and cheese again for the kids.
I recommend to my clients who are knee-deep in the stress and guilt cycle to change their scorecards. It really is quite simple and powerful. What you do is pick the three most important tasks. Then, instead of focusing on the results, you focus on your efforts. Let’s walk through an example. Let’s suppose one of your employees is under-performing. You prioritize having a chat with him about his performance. There is no way you can control the employee’s reaction or his short-term behavior. Too often we focus on the wrong part of the equation. Using this technique, you focus on what you did, said or prepared for the conversation.
The key to making this work is to keep it simple—when you are in stress, you need a simple way to feel good and navigate your way back to solid ground.
Really decide what is most important to you and grade only your part of the equation.
For more mental and emotional strategies to stay motivated and to keep your edge, check out Navigating Through the Storm.