How to Write Truly Motivating Goals

Written by Shawn M. Driscoll

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You may not see it all clearly yet. That’s ok. Write what you know to be true. Allowrepparttar rest to reveal itself in time. It will. You’ve already done a lot ofrepparttar 135048 hard work in life. Set aside time to envision and experiencerepparttar 135049 feeling of being inspired. This isrepparttar 135050 vision that will connect you torepparttar 135051 “right goals” for this time in your life as well as allow your values to take center stage.


Now you can start to think about your goals. Take your vision and break it down paragraph by paragraph. What do you need to accomplish in order to fulfillrepparttar 135052 vision? Write it as specific results or outcomes you want. Use “to be” statements rather than ‘to do” statements. For example:

Instead of: Get a new job…….write: To be a technical writer in a mid-sized company by January 1, 2005 making $45,000 per year.

Instead of: Lose weight…..write: To be confident and comfortable in my new suit by November, 2004.

Userepparttar 135053 SMART test to assess your goals…Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, Timebound. The more specific, measurable, and time bound you are,repparttar 135054 more you will be motivated to do what it takes. And, of course, be realistic and set attainable (but stretch!) goals. Some things simply have limits. You can’t lose 30 lbs in a week or change careers in a few days.


So, how will you know when you’ve written goals fromrepparttar 135055 inside-out? Here are a couple of ways to check …be honest….this is just between you and your piece of paper!

1.Are you ENERGIZED by them? When you think about achieving them are you excited? Do you feel like you can’t wait to get started?

2.Do you feel PASSIONATE about them? Are you willing to do whatever it takes to make it happen?

3.Dorepparttar 135056 goals, if achieved, give yourepparttar 135057 ability to share who you are as a person? Do they bring your unique talents and gifts torepparttar 135058 forefront? Do you experience joy when working on them?

The right goals for you should simply “click”. You’ll know they are right because they compel you to act. If not…examine ifrepparttar 135059 goal is a ‘should’ –an ‘outside-in’ goal set based on external standards of who you should be? This kind of goal will not giverepparttar 135060 lasting sense of fulfillment. It will become a drain that requires grit and discipline withoutrepparttar 135061 energizing commitment needed to make it happen. If it doesn’t feel right to you be willing to let it go or to reframe it to something internally motivating. The right goals start to feel effortless (not easy, mind you). Have fun! ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Stop Struggling...Start Succeeding! For more information on Coaching and Development programs contact Shawn Driscoll at 248 321-8390 or email

Shawn Driscoll, owner of Succeed Coaching & Development (, is a Career and Business Coach, trainer and speaker. For over 14 years Shawn has advised, coached and developed Executives, Managers, Supervisors and their teams to achieve greater results. Shawn holds a Masters Degree in Labor and Industrial Relations from Michigan State University and teaches Management and Leadership courses at two local colleges.

Why I Harass People I Like...And Why It Is Good For Business

Written by Alvin Apple

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I learned that from a famous psychologist. If you did something he liked,repparttar psychologist would tell you what a smart person you are. If you did something he didn't like, he would simply sit quietly. After a while you only didrepparttar 124122 things he liked,repparttar 124123 things you got complimented for.

Ifrepparttar 124124 person does almost allrepparttar 124125 job right, but misses a few things, let him know about it nicely. Userepparttar 124126 Oreo cookie method. First tell him what he did right, then mentionrepparttar 124127 few things that need to be corrected, then leave by again telling him how he is doing a good job.

Step three. Group things together for people. Before my kids leave for school I say "Don't forget to make your bed, take your lunch with you, and mowrepparttar 124128 grass when you get home." Batch together a few changes or tasks when you see people that work for you. It works better than shooting isolated orders to them one at a time. It is easier for people to stay organized.

Step four. Finally, make your harassing fun. Nobody likes to do a job that is boring or, worse, makes them feel bad. Keep a smile on your face and a light tone in your voice. When something goes really wrong, change your tone so people understand this is more serious.

Try to keep those two tones separate so people don't get confused.

Work on beingrepparttar 124129 woman or man who keeps things fun while allrepparttar 124130 important details are getting taken care of. Atrepparttar 124131 end ofrepparttar 124132 day, that is what separatesrepparttar 124133 so-so managers from those who can turn out a fine product or service and keep loads of happy customers coming back.

Alvin Apple helps everyday people start businesses they will enjoy. Then he teaches them how to succeed. Read all his helpful strategies, including his latest article, "How your store can compete with the big boy chains." at Reach Alvin at 801-328-9006 or

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