Ideal Outcomes and Seahawks Belief-Driven Leadership

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Ideal Outcomes and Seahawks Belief-Driven Leadership

One of sport’s great comebacks began with the Seahawks down 12 points with only five minutes left to play in the 2014 NFC championship game against the Green Bay Packers.

With the ball in the hands of Green Bay who had a 19-7 lead over Seattle, even the most devoted fans doubted the Seahawks could win. And yet they did, with a two-point conversion on a Hail-Mary pass, then scoring on the first possession of overtime. To paraphrase coach Pete Carroll in his postgame interview: what you believe is powerful and it’s amazing what you can achieve when you put your mind to it.

The more an outcome defies belief, the more it requires belief.

After the game, players said they’d had no doubts about the outcome. They’d visualized victory, trusted one other, and believed they’d win. Was that bravado for the cameras? I don’t think so, because their comments were consistent with Pete Carroll’s high-bar leadership style and supportive philosophy and his emphasis on the power of setting goals and firmly believing in them.

Setting Goals with Highland

Pete Carroll reminds me of the work we do here at Highland to help business leaders like you achieve your goals.

We determine Ideal Outcomes™ by assessing where you are today and discovering your aspirations.

In a two-hour “belief conversation,” we ask you questions about your life; what success means to you, what you are worried about, what you want for your children and family, and what is contributing to or taking away from a life that feels fully lived.

We summarize those findings for you, painting a picture of your ideal future and the life you want now. 

That picture is the first step in achieving your Ideal Outcomes™.

Identifying ideal outcomes can feel risky for some clients. It can require faith, sometimes in a higher power.

Through my years of experience in having these conversations, I’ve found that many couples have not clarified their goals with one another due to routine busyness and pressures of daily life. The questions I ask are often less important than creating the time and the safe space in which to openly share beliefs and desires in a confidential setting.

Sometimes we avoid making time to think about our ideal outcomes altogether because we fear—often irrationally—that we may not achieve them.

Belief = Behavior = Outcomes

Believing in ideal outcomes has not always been easy for me, but the process of defining these goals has stretched and inspired me to overcome self-imposed limitations. We are limited only by what we believe is possible.

The more an outcome defies belief the more it requires belief.

We all know ideal outcomes don’t always come to fruition. We don’t always turn a championship game around in the final few minutes and go in for a win. But belief has the power to change how we think and behave, making ideal outcomes not only possible, but probable.

What do you believe?

If you’re not sure, let’s have an Ideal Outcomes™ conversation.

John Christianson
  • Robin Hadfield
    Posted at 21:28h, 27 October

    Great article John,

    • John Christianson
      Posted at 22:47h, 12 December

      Thank you Robin, glad you enjoyed it!

  • Peter Smallwood
    Posted at 02:45h, 29 October

    Thanks John for a great reminder of believing.

    • John Christianson
      Posted at 22:50h, 12 December

      Thanks for reading Peter!