In training camps, we don’t focus on the ultimate goal - getting to the Super Bowl. We establish a clear set of goals that are within immediate reach.
When we start acting in ways that fulfill these goals, I make sure everybody knows it. I accentuate the positive at every possible opportunity, and at the same time I emphasize the next goal that we need to fulfill.
When you set small, visible goals, and people achieve them, they start to get it into their heads that they can succeed.
Former NFL coach Bill Parcells, Harvard Business Review