How to Write Truly Motivating Goals

Written by Shawn M. Driscoll

How to Create Truly Motivating Goals

"The indispensable first step to gettingrepparttar things you want out of life is this: decide what you want." - Ben Stein

Early in our lives, our goals are pretty well set for us—we learn to walk, talk, and tie our shoes. We go to school, graduate, perhaps get a job, go to college or other training and develop some good relationships. In our early careers there is often a “career path” laid out for us. From these early experiences we learn to set goals fromrepparttar 135048 outside-in.

At some point, usually after achieving allrepparttar 135049 “checklist goals” (you know…degree?-check, job?-check, nice car?-check, house?-check, promotion?-check, relationship/ family?-check…)—we crave something more. We may find ourselves "goal-less" forrepparttar 135050 first time in our lives. This sense of being directionless can be frustrating and confusing. After all, we had expected that allrepparttar 135051 hard work and accomplishment would bring us to a happy and fulfilled life. Quite naturally we’re a bit startled when we find ourselves thinking “there has to be something more out there”.

Take heart. This isn’t a symbol of failure at all. It’s a sign of success! You have hit a critical point in your life …you have matured and grown enough that you are ready to start creating goals fromrepparttar 135052 inside-out. Goals with meaning.

The feeling of wanting more is really your inner voice and wisdom wanting to express itself. Rather than looking “out there” for what’s next, it’s time to look inside. The “right goals” will find you once you honestly examine who you are, and clearly state where (and who) you want to be. Here’s how it works:


You have enough life experience under your belt to know your values. Values are those things that draw you in—what you are naturally drawn to and are eager to experience. Those things that, when you experience them, you feel most like yourself. Some questions that may help you zero in on your core values include: What do you want to be known for? What do you stand for? What things excite or exhilarate you? What brings you joy?

Don’t expect that you are always living up to your values, but getting torepparttar 135053 heart of them is a big step forward. It’s also possible that your values have gotten clouded over by other things—needs, shoulds (those external things we ‘should’ do even if it’s not what we really want to do), wants, our role expectations (parent, employee, spouse, etc…) and obligations. To separate those things from your values, check in with yourself and see if you are really excited by it—even a little scared. If so, it is probably a value. If you did it and loved it when you were young, it may be a value. If you feel you need it to be happy or to achieve something else, it’s NOT a value but a need. Keep looking forrepparttar 135054 value. (Note: if you are struggling with this exercise, visit my website at for a Values Clarification exercise.)


Once you’ve tapped into your core values, you are ready to create a vision for yourself. If this were a perfect world and your life were going perfectly, what would that look like? What would it feel like? What are you doing? What is your source of enjoyment? What kinds of people are in your life? What kinds of experiences are you having? Don’t let reality slip in just yet…allow yourself to dream, to connect with your hopes.

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

Written by Alvin Apple

Running a successful business is all about detail and execution. You have to pay attention torepparttar small things. If you are messing up orders and slow on customer service, people start to notice. Sales dwindle. Do it all right and word gets around. Your sales grow fast.

People pay for quality, even if your price is higher than your competitors.

That is why I like to work with good people AND harass them. I'mrepparttar 124122 guy who makes surerepparttar 124123 details aren't forgotten. That makes for a very good product or service that flows smoothly and leaves customers wanting more.

By harassment I don't mean getting on your case in a bad way. We've all worked for people like that (and probably didn't enjoy it.) I try to make my harassing fun and interesting.

Step one. Make surerepparttar 124124 people around you--your employees, your downline, your affiliates--really trust you. They have to know that deep down you value them, like them, and want to help them succeed.

You can do this by personalizing what you tell them. Don't send a one-size-fits-all "to whom it may concern" memo. Send an email withrepparttar 124125 specific person's name atrepparttar 124126 top. Talk directly to their strengths, their weaknesses, and their particular situation.

Even better, pick uprepparttar 124127 phone or drop by for an in-person visit. It's always nice when you can put your business on auto pilot and go fishing, but your key people will get discouraged if they don't get a personal visit from you from time to time.

Step two. Let people know when they have done a good job. That has far more influence on them than just complaining about what they did wrong.

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