FPMG Releases Advice on Playing to Win—Not Playing It Safe

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A recent article on Forbes.com touched on three signs that might signal a person is in a dead-end job, a situation that performance management firm FPMG equates with failing to “play to win,” but playing it safe instead. Denise Federer, Ph.D., FPMG’s founder, notes that like sports teams, individuals can choose to either really go for it or take a more conservative approach.

FPMG Releases Advice on Playing to Win—Not Playing It Safe

FPMG Releases Advice on Playing to Win—Not Playing It Safe

I find that people who don’t stretch themselves and get uncomfortable ultimately go backwards, since they’re essentially ‘marking time’ rather than pushing themselves forward.

A recent article on Forbes.com touched on three signs that might signal a person is in a dead-end job, a situation that Florida performance management firm FPMG equates with failing to “play to win,” but playing it safe instead. Denise Federer, Ph.D., FPMG’s founder, notes that like sports teams, individuals can choose to either really go for it or take a more conservative approach.

“Those who frequently get out of their comfort zone are certainly playing to win, while those who aren’t challenging themselves are playing not to lose, i.e., playing it safe,” Federer said. “I find that people who don’t stretch themselves and get uncomfortable ultimately go backwards, since they’re essentially ‘marking time’ rather than pushing themselves forward.”

FPMG suggests that people who are stuck and need some guidance to ensure they’re playing to win, think about what they can do differently as well as what they’re willing to change. Then, to dig a little deeper, they should ask themselves the following questions:

  •     What are some of my irrational beliefs or fears that limit me?
  •     Am I afraid of failure or success?
  •     What stops me from setting the challenges higher and achieving them?
  •     Is this a job or a career?
  •     What am I passionate about?
  •     What motivates me?
  •     Am I having fun?
  •     What are my current strategies—and are they limiting me or helping me?

“This is a lot to ponder,” Federer acknowledges. “Our perceptions are reality, so I can’t stress enough how important it is to think positively and stop feeling like a victim. It’s also invaluable to define what success means to you and what sacrifices you believe you need to make to achieve it, along with what makes you nervous about success.”

FPGM notes that people must understand whether they’re pursuing a vocation or an avocation, and be aware of what they love about it—the challenge, the work, the money, etc.—as well as what they gain from it: self-confidence, self-respect or something else. Finally, they must determine if they’re doing things to limit their progress—since in this “game” people actually compete against themselves.

About FPMG
FPMG is a Florida performance management consultancy dedicated to guiding successful people to be their best. Based in Tampa, we help you uncover the non-financial issues that impact the bottom line. FPMG offers consulting for family business problems, financial advisors legacy advising, leadership development, and more.

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