How does one Define Success When you are not Winning

We either win or we do not. There are two ways to play games: people play to win, and other people play to stay playing the sport. Finite or infinite games. picked up and ran with this theme in his own version of the title because it applies to business. The concept is about the enjoyment of playing, an intrinsic reward, versus the enjoyment of winning, a short-lived extrinsic reward.

When I interviewed Cameron Schwab, former CEO of the Richmond Football Club, he said he had to face this question: 

This is the question I often ask leaders: How does one define success? How we answer defines how we feel about our efforts and our results.

I've come to understand that success is basically two things: it is the results that we produce and it's how we feel about the method. It's an indoor measure, also as an external one. It's finite AND infinite games. it is the game, and therefore the joy of playing.

I recommend to all or any of my clients that they need a hit journal. In it, they're to record their efforts for the day and the way they felt about it (the joy of playing). they will also record any goals achieved (the joy of winning). From the enjoyment of playing we get serotonin (the well-being neurochemical), and from the enjoyment of winning, or reaching our goals, we get dopamine (another happy neurochemical).

The only thing interfering with our ability to feel successful is our own mental focus. So within the face of insurmountable odds, within the face of epic challenges, how then can we define success?

When things are grim the 'game' feels less fun. And yet if we rise up every day, find beauty and joy within the small moments, connect and be in commission to others, then this is often an honest start line for staying within the game without losing hope.

Play the sport for the enjoyment of it, and savor the wins once they happen.


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