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Goal Breakers?

Goal Breakers occur when we are excited about achieving and setting a goal or resolution for ourselves and our team. The goal breakers are “PUSH” Strategies that are created when our thoughts about the challenges or obstacles are enacted. Setting big goals surfaces all our negative thoughts and hence 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. But, we can then start pushing as hard as we can to get there. That pushing can lose our team and our ability to hit our goal.


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


The PUSH strategy is the goal breaker.


During our observations of teams and our leadership experience, we found 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 kinds 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 activity speed for the team pushes the team away from high-quality decisions and outcomes. As a result, the organisation doesn’t reap an optimal result from the team’s action.
  3. Sacrifice – Take care of yourself and your team to prevent continuously putting in too much time and energy on the goal and sacrifice yourself. Overworking grows the seeds of resentment and frustration in your environment and has long term impacts on people’s vitality. Even if they succeed this time next time, they may not be with you for the next opportunity.
  4. HUMP – Hitting a hump on 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.


We can stop the “PUSH” by changing our “PACE”?


The good news is getting your PACE as a leader to work for you and your team to stop the goal breaker PUSH.


  1. Patience — developing the ability to slow down and reduce frustration by planning well and preparing to call time out to think through the following 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. Then, 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 get to your goal



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