Rethinking Success: People v Processes and Goals v Habits

In the game of Monopoly, victory isn’t solely determined by the pieces you play or the strategy you devise. Instead, success hinges on the places you acquire and the unpredictable roll of the dice. Similarly, in life, business, and community endeavors, we often find ourselves fixated on the individuals involved, the tangible objects at play, and the pursuit of specific goals. However, perhaps it’s time to shift our focus towards the underlying habits and processes that shape our outcomes.

Too often, we become enamored with the people leading the charge, the latest technologies, or the pursuit of ambitious objectives. Yet, much like Monopoly, the reality is that chance plays a significant role, and the pieces themselves lack inherent character or skill. What truly matters is the framework in which these elements operate—the processes and contexts that influence our journey.

Consider the analogy of farmers nurturing crops. They don’t rely on motivational speeches or charismatic leadership to make carrots grow. Instead, they focus on creating the optimal conditions for success, ensuring that all the necessary prerequisites are in place. Similarly, in our personal and professional lives, success often stems from cultivating the right habits and fostering meaningful relationships.

It’s essential to recognize that success isn’t solely about achieving specific milestones or outperforming competitors. Instead, it’s about embracing the journey—the “stuff in-between” that shapes our experiences and outcomes. This perspective encourages us to prioritize process over outcome, relationships over individual prowess, and context over isolated events.

In a world that often glorifies individual achievement and tangible results, it’s easy to overlook the transformative power of habits and processes. However, by adopting a more holistic approach—one that values the journey as much as the destination—we can cultivate sustainable success in all aspects of our lives.

So, the next time you find yourself fixating on goals or idolizing individuals, remember the lessons of Monopoly. Success isn’t just about the pieces you play or the places you land—it’s about the habits you cultivate, the processes you embrace, and the relationships you nurture along the way. It’s time to shift our focus from the outcome-driven mindset to one that celebrates the journey and the power of habits and processes to shape our lives for the better.

Tim HJ Rogers
Consult | CoCreate | Deliver

I support people and teams to grow, perform and succeed unlocking potential as a partner Consultant, Coach, Project and Change Manager. Together we can deliver projects and change, and improve the confidence, capacity, drive and desire of the people I work with.

ICF Trained Coach | MBA Management Consultant | PRINCE2 Project Manager, Agile Scrum Master | AMPG Change Practitioner | Mediation Practitioner | BeTheBusiness Mentor | 4 x GB Gold Medalist | First Aid for Mental Health | Certificate in Applied Therapeutic Skills

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