If you want to achieve your goals, don't focus on them: Reggie Rivers at TEDxCrestmoorParkED

  • Published on Nov 8, 2013
  • Former Denver Broncos running back Reggie Rivers discusses how focusing on your goals is the one sure way NOT to achieve them. With humor and insight he goes on to explain how focusing on your behaviors is how you achieve goals.
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  • kevin ncube
    kevin ncube 4 days ago

    And people are eating this up

  • Namrata Gupta
    Namrata Gupta 7 days ago

    Very true

  • ANNAKI Design / Marketing Videos - Motion Design

    You delivered it the best way, starting with the emotional part of the story as childish and it may sound everybody can relate to it somehow then personally I started to see the meaning of that in many levels and aspects of life. On a business side, we say to ourselves : Networking, Networking, Networking and all what is not networking is waste of time for the business, while you can just say Hi to people (the behavior) and try to be open then you will find yourself at least half way there through networking (the goal).

  • Ed
    Ed 10 days ago

    This was great. Thanks.

  • Dave Kim
    Dave Kim 10 days ago +1

    Very impressive! Focus on your behavior instead of the goal you've set. it'll get you closer to your goal and keep you motivated.
    I'll definitely keep that in mind and put that into practice! Thx for the video:)

    • Ed
      Ed 10 days ago +1

      It's great that others are still watching this a couple of years later.

  • Elvis Ojevwe
    Elvis Ojevwe 14 days ago


  • Saitama SenSei
    Saitama SenSei 15 days ago

    if u want to score a goal... just focus on playing a good football..

  • Deeksha Dewangan
    Deeksha Dewangan 16 days ago

    Very well said

  • Yojana Regmi
    Yojana Regmi 18 days ago

    Rip my ears (.>_

  • Annelise Markussen
    Annelise Markussen 23 days ago +1

    This is the most true ted talk I’ve ever watched

  • K Strohl
    K Strohl 24 days ago

    Awesome... needed that

  • Daniel Daniel
    Daniel Daniel 24 days ago

    This could hava some million views more!

  • raphael dayan
    raphael dayan 25 days ago +2

    1. Set goal
    2. Forget the goal and determine the process you need to achieve the goal
    3. Fall in love with the process
    4. Do the process without thinking about the goal
    5. Eventually, achieve the goal

  • Tokunbo Awonuga
    Tokunbo Awonuga 25 days ago


  • G J
    G J Month ago

    I love this speech!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Abhyarthana Behera
    Abhyarthana Behera Month ago +1

    He talked really nice. i loved listening to him.

  • Marisa Soares
    Marisa Soares Month ago

    This is very useful advice. Many thanks

  • Jacob Lloyd
    Jacob Lloyd Month ago

    I still don't get it. How do you think about it differently whether you focus on the steps it takes you to complete a goal compared to what you do today, tomorrow, and this week? I know reactions are important, but why does a behavior make it happen and not actually forming a habit/ doing it outright? Like, whether you have a bad or great reaction.

    • Jacob Lloyd
      Jacob Lloyd Month ago

      Nvm, I think I get it now. You can't control results, so focusing on them is pointless. But, you can take care of what you put into it. A strong path=strong results. A strong goal does not equal strong results. Like, raising crops and having a bad yield. It doesn't mean you're a bad farmer..just other factors chipping away at it.

  • Jack Sparrow
    Jack Sparrow Month ago


  • Faham RafD
    Faham RafD Month ago

    Most of these videos motivate you,some push you hard,but this actually tells you what to do

  • Dom
    Dom Month ago

    So if you want something it would be good to think how to get it. Like, I am hungry but I shouldn't just yell in my head "I am hungry I am hungry" but open the fridge or what? I don't get it.

  • William Kalal
    William Kalal Month ago

    How come I did 13 years in public school, 6 years in college for two bachelors degrees, and I never heard a speech like this????

  • William Kalal
    William Kalal Month ago

    The Oracle has spoken

  • William Kalal
    William Kalal Month ago

    Many of these Ted Talks are useless, HI IM A BILLIONAIRE !!! I MY IQ IS 5 MILLION!!!ALL BY THE TIME I WAS 21!!!! (thanks) This talk by Reggie was incredibly useful.

  • Desiree Udontneedtoknow

    REALLY GOOD!!!!!!!!! Wow, I've been struggling with the cliche diet for a YEAR now... my weight just pretty much is staying the same (yes I'm happy there is no gain!). I think this shift in focus will really help! I really appreciate the alternate approach!!!!

  • romchiks
    romchiks 2 months ago

    Very good point! Thank you!

  • Pulling the Strings
    Pulling the Strings 2 months ago

    How do I not control my grades??? So, then why do I have all A's on all my classes?

  • Djokosoft
    Djokosoft 2 months ago

    One of the best speeches i've heard

  • le-enn chang
    le-enn chang 2 months ago

    I think I agree with this, reflecting back, I realized that there were many times I didn’t focus on my goal and I made progress

  • Daniel Braden
    Daniel Braden 2 months ago


  • amleT 1
    amleT 1 2 months ago

    Good stuff.

  • J. Rod RealizeOurDreams

    Yooo I can relate.

  • Daniel Kim
    Daniel Kim 3 months ago +1

    Im procrastinating through watching this

  • Rich Mind, Healthy Heart & Wealthy Life

    Thank you this was great information. You can only control what you can control!❤️

  • Retno Wulandari
    Retno Wulandari 3 months ago

    I know this is an obvious thing, but the way he talks motivates me. And I totally agree to focus on something we can control rather than doing otherwise. Not only help a lot for achieving your goals, it also reducing your anxieties.

  • Montassir Haddouda
    Montassir Haddouda 3 months ago

    Great speaker

  • Ifrah Iman
    Ifrah Iman 3 months ago

    Its same as you need to be disciplined in order to achieve most things in life not motivated.
    Great video

  • Ali Zohraby
    Ali Zohraby 3 months ago

    Probably one of the best awakening speeches I've ever heard

  • Aaron John Tolentino
    Aaron John Tolentino 3 months ago

    Wow! I realized one thing! We should focus on our actions to achieve the goal. Not on the goals! You will just day-dream about your goal all day long, but that will not do any success at all. Instead, we should focus on our actions NOW that can little by little achieve our goals and objectives in life with respect to proper time management and discipline. To cut it short, we should be ACTION-BASED! Thank you TEDx! Thank you and God Bless! Now that's an idea worth spreading!

  • WCS Charlotte
    WCS Charlotte 3 months ago

    Mr.Rivers thank you for your talk and sharing wisdom! I truly enjoyed your message.

  • flower love
    flower love 3 months ago


  • Lucifans Odin
    Lucifans Odin 3 months ago

    Unbelievable . Lies that being spread ugh idiots

  • Chang John
    Chang John 3 months ago

    Smart person and an amazing speech. We all should think and act like him if we want to achieve our goals.

  • syed karamath Ali
    syed karamath Ali 3 months ago

    He controlled his flow of speech in the same level from starting to ending of talk,excellent

  • Red Edwards
    Red Edwards 3 months ago

    Dont focus on the result, focus on the process.

  • Bea Zacarias
    Bea Zacarias 3 months ago

    This is one of my most favorite speech ever! Thank you for sharing this!

  • Davide Mare
    Davide Mare 3 months ago

    Fantastic speech

  • Motivational speaker
    Motivational speaker 3 months ago

    Excellent speech

  • Abdalgader Mohammed
    Abdalgader Mohammed 3 months ago

    You have a point. You broke the role of the human development coaching, write your goals down. So what if you are either wrong in saying write the behavior which make you reach your goals down?

  • Pankaj Verma
    Pankaj Verma 3 months ago

    Thank you Mr. Reggie for changing my life.

  • MrMoveit
    MrMoveit 3 months ago

    Setting a goal is a THOUGHT.
    Reaching a goal is a RESULT.
    Having a goal is SUCCESS.
    What we focus on GROWS.
    I understand what Reggie is saying but fundamentally I disagree.
    If you want to achieve your goals, don't consciously focus on them because the subconscious works in mysterious ways. :-) M!

  • umeshg729
    umeshg729 3 months ago

    Thats an amazing speech.. I would definitely like to implement it...
    Thanks so much Reggie!! 😊 👍

  • Elmurod Oripov
    Elmurod Oripov 4 months ago

    Amazing!! I'm inspired! Thank you!

  • Dev Kumar
    Dev Kumar 4 months ago +1

    u have the right to your actions. not the results.
    -Bhagvata Gita

  • AAsif Khan Motivational Speaker

    TRUe a bit

    VAPY ART 4 months ago

    Wow amazing!

  • Dana Sweeney
    Dana Sweeney 4 months ago

    Thank you so much I learned to speak Spanish

  • Lucas Moleman
    Lucas Moleman 4 months ago

    Okay I'm trying to understand it.
    My example:
    If I want a good mark for my test I don't focus on getting that good mark but instead planning out studyhours and doing homework.
    Is that good because I think I understand it but also not.

  • saurav Gaurav
    saurav Gaurav 4 months ago

    Same things are taught in bhagwad_geeta
    Give ur maximum at present
    Future is not under your control ,u can control only your present or your habits/behaviour

  • Nikita Serov
    Nikita Serov 4 months ago

    So disturbing when he accidentally starts screaming. :(

  • Angelicas Best Version
    Angelicas Best Version 4 months ago

    Wow! this is so brilliant! Thank you so much! Totally timeless suggestions to achieve "our goals" ;) . Thank you.

  • curious enough!
    curious enough! 4 months ago

    The comments are gems ♥️

  • Austin Ruiz
    Austin Ruiz 4 months ago +1

    Kinda sounds like “Seek first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and He will give you everything you need.”

  • Lakshin Kumar
    Lakshin Kumar 4 months ago


  • MinSuga chimchim
    MinSuga chimchim 4 months ago

    Thank you so much. Great talk. I'm gonna apply it from today now. I also believe in stoicism. Your talk was a great help in understanding stoicism.

  • MrZZooh
    MrZZooh 4 months ago

    Pretty good advice but a little more elaboration on what it means to focus on the behavior would help.

  • Shubham Hire
    Shubham Hire 5 months ago

    Thank you so much man!! Much needed video😉😉

  • tech tube
    tech tube 5 months ago


  • Jose Francis
    Jose Francis 5 months ago


  • No Limits
    No Limits 5 months ago +3

    In conclusion: Focus on process not on Results.

  • Zahid H Khan
    Zahid H Khan 5 months ago

    thank you!

  • Trang Vu
    Trang Vu 5 months ago

    Hay quá ạ

  • Sumedhe Dissanayake
    Sumedhe Dissanayake 5 months ago

    That's right. If we focus on our goals it's hard to achieve them.

  • Dawo Sida
    Dawo Sida 5 months ago

    Get to the point dude

  • BowserFX
    BowserFX 5 months ago

    i loved the goal weight example ughhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh yeahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

  • Ashikhin Gan
    Ashikhin Gan 5 months ago

    Simply genius!

    REAL POST 5 months ago

    According to American philosophy just foucs on goal but if read the most ancient scripture like Bhagwat GEETA, you will find all your answers. Foucs on procedure not on the final result

  • Pviews iq
    Pviews iq 5 months ago

    Words of wisdom

  • L Jordan
    L Jordan 5 months ago

    I really enjoyed this video. This guy is very intelligent and has a great sense of humor. I was struggling with my diet and working out but this motivated me so much! 110% behavior.

  • Jen _29
    Jen _29 5 months ago

    This really has me thinking about my goals for the year. I've had these same goals but I haven't been motivated to achieve them. Now I see that I really need to focus on what I can do/control NOW/today that will eventually get me to where I want to be...Its gonna be hard work

  • Allan Ngo
    Allan Ngo 5 months ago

    Brief, powerful, and humorous. Well done!

  • Peter Wilson
    Peter Wilson 5 months ago

    Yell in my ear

  • Juan Marq
    Juan Marq 5 months ago


  • Whoawhoawhoa87 Hiya
    Whoawhoawhoa87 Hiya 5 months ago

    Sounds exactly like growth mindset

  • Murataly Uchkempirov
    Murataly Uchkempirov 5 months ago

    that is cool

  • Kiran Kumar
    Kiran Kumar 5 months ago

    It is a beautiful talk .. thank you

  • Anchit Rana
    Anchit Rana 6 months ago

    I think u r confussing us ... focussing on goals helps us to change ,helps us to change our behaviour and ultimately make us better person than before...i had seen change in me...in me time i use to recall my goals and it pushes me beyond my limit..maybe u have different perspective toward it

  • lian Aint
    lian Aint 6 months ago

    I dont get it

  • Nađa Pilipović
    Nađa Pilipović 6 months ago


  • davedaddy101
    davedaddy101 6 months ago

    Huge coincidence but I’m going through Something in life that was just really confirmed by watching this video. Weird part is I found this by total accident.

  • Ranish Chauhan
    Ranish Chauhan 6 months ago

    Really practical advice🤔👏

  • ABC D
    ABC D 6 months ago +1

    What's the difference???
    Focusing on the goal not means to say frequently or remind the goal , it means what he wanted to say elaborately.
    Both are same in different pakage.

    MINISTRATION TV 6 months ago


  • Alina Mansoor
    Alina Mansoor 6 months ago +4

    I’m a College student and that just made my day ☺️

  • Mark Zubis
    Mark Zubis 6 months ago

    Your words are facts bro. not biased

  • คณิตา บุญชัย

    Thanks so much you make me grow..

  • Abhisheik Sharma
    Abhisheik Sharma 7 months ago

    Wrong.behavior n goals both are significant.without goals there will be no reason for behavior change.

  • Bryce Gray
    Bryce Gray 7 months ago

    If you aim at nothing in life, you will hit that target every time.

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    stewards oigo 7 months ago

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  • Juanita fish
    Juanita fish 7 months ago

    Love this video