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What are the Four Goal Breakers?

Usually, we start the calendar year excited about achieving and set a goal or resolution for ourselves and our team.  Sometimes setting big goals surfaces all our negative emotions such as:


  • Fear
  • Apathy
  • Resistance
  • Overwhelm


It’s not unusual to doubt our ability to cope and attain the goal.  We perhaps relive or imagine previous failures, the pressure on us to achieve the plan or fear that our team will fail and the resulting consequences.


It can spiral into an angst churn as we doubt ourselves and our team and the support around us.  We can then start pushing as hard as we can to get there.


Leaders may feel the need to PUSH hard and ask themselves and teams to operate at breakneck speed.  We might get frustrated when the progress is not optimal. We might think we need to push hard; we don’t have the right team; we aren’t good enough to get the results.


What is the PUSH?


During our observations of teams, our client leaders and leadership experience, we found the Four Goal Breakers can cause a lot of wreckage and stop us from executing our goal successfully:


  1. Pressure – Jumping in and surging ahead to make shit happen right from day one. This need to “PUSH” reduces the leaders and the team’s ability to:
    1. Calmly assess the challenge.
    2. Prepare a plan and clarify the process for changes.
    3. Identify the risk factors for success.
    4. Mitigate the risks
    5. Create resources of all kind to support the success
    6. Hold each other up on the journey.
    7. Set the foundation for the team for the year
  2. Urgency – Creating a precarious speed of activity for the team pushes the team away from high-quality decisions and outcomes. The organisation doesn’t reap an optimal result from the action of the team.
  3. Sacrifice – Take care of yourself and your team to prevent continuously putting in too much time and energy on the goal and sacrifice yourselves in the process. Overworking grows the seeds of resentment and frustration in your environment and has long term impacts on peoples vitality.  Even if they succeed this time next time, they may not be with you for the next opportunity.
  4. HUMP – Hitting a hump in the road to success can sometimes throw individuals and the team into panic or frustration and waste time and energy. The hump may halt progress while the related drama ensures.


What’s the Solution to the “PUSH”?


The good news is that support for success is getting your PACE as a leader to work for you and your team.


  1. Patience — developing the ability to slow down and reduce frustration by planning well and preparing to call time out to think through the next steps.
  2. Action — a commitment to taking action and willingness to experience the difficult conversations to keep the right action happening everyday
  3. Creativity — find the space and ways to create new options and collaborate to bring the right solutions to fruition. It may be possible to mindfully create opportunities as part of the team’s rhythm and learning environment.
  4. Energy — manage your daily energy, watch vitality and have time to check in on team strength and anything holding them back. Take care that your energy is focused on your peer network and get the team the right resources and support. It’s individuals responsibility to solve their issues within the team, not yours.


Suppose a challenging goal or opportunity for you is not moving at the PACE you want.  Perhaps it’s time to check on our PACE Value calculator to assess some next steps:

PACE Value

Please book with either Sarah or Christine if you want to have a personalised consult to help you take a step back and assess:


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