By Terry Daley
Unfortunately summer will soon be coming to an end. But the approach of fall is a time to think about what sort of routine you will “fall” back into. Why not take this opportunity to discover a whole new routine?
In order to succeed in sticking to a new routine or lifestyle habit, you should set yourself a goal to which you can be accountable. Make sure your goal is SMART: S-specific, M-measurable, A-action-oriented, R-realistic and T-timely. Read more
Goal-setting is the secret of champions, from Olympic athletes to business tycoons, but one commonly used planning strategy maybe set you back more than you know, according to a new study. Read more
By T.G.L. Iyer
YOU can evaluate your goals using three tools. First, rate the intensity of desire for each goal on a one to ten scale. A rating of one would mean ‘low desire’; a rating of ten would mean ‘intense desire’. You can write the rating against each goal. Second, evaluate the cost inherent in the pursuit of each goal.
How much time, effort, stress or money would be involved in trying to reach a given goal?
You can rate the cost involved with each goal on a one to five scale. If it is one it would be minimal cost; while five would indicate high cost of time, effort and money. You can write the cost rating in a different colour against each goal.
The third tool is to look for ‘Blocking factors’. There could be significant obstacles that stand in the way of reaching the goal.
For example, there might be a need for special training, higher degree etc. to get into a job. Once again, you can do the rating on a one to five scale.
A rating of one would indicate minimal blocking factors, while a rating of five will suggest major obstacles. You can write the rating against each goal in yet another colour.
You have now three ratings for each goal viz intensity of desire, cost and blocking factors. A good way to evaluate a goal is to subtract the sum of the cost and blocking factors from the desire rating. For example, your desire is to purchase a car. Suppose your intensity of desire is six, but the costs are five and the blocking factors are five.
Your overall rating is minus four: 6-(5+5). It is quite likely that you will never purchase your car.
Any goal which has a positive number, probably, has a chance. Obviously, higher the number, better the chance.
Make a commitment to achieve a goal and set up a time frame.
Spend some time with U.S. Olympic men’s swimming coach Bob Bowman, as I recently did, and you’ll understand why some people go from good to great in a chosen field, while others, like Bowman’s longtime student Michael Phelps, go from good to record-shattering.
Phelps’ record is extraordinary. His 22 total medals and 18 gold medals is the greatest medal performance in all of Olympic history. I caught up with Bowman to speak about his new book, The Golden Rules, and to learn how his years of coaching superstar Michael Phelps can help everyone—especially business leaders—reach peak performance in their chosen fields. Read more
We all know the importance of setting goals, but few of us have mastered it the way the greatest swimmer of all time has. Here are his tips on how to set, and ultimately achieve, your goals in the water.
Baltimore’s Michael Phelps has experienced the absolute pinnacle of the sport, reaching heights that no one has before reached, and no one is likely to reach again.
He’s won a stunning 22 Olympic medals (and counting), world records in all the relays and three different disciplines, and more international medals than most developed countries.
At the 2008 Beijing Olympics alone he won more gold medals than Canada, the Netherlands, or even France.
But where did these massive accomplishments originate from? Read more
By Senia Maymin
Over the last 5 years, I studied motivation and incremental steps toward goals for my Ph.D. research. During the same time period, I used incremental steps myself, publishing Profit from the Positive with Margaret Greenberg. Based on both experiences, here are my research-based suggestions for taking incremental steps to reach important goals. Read more
By Mark Reijman
WE ALL have goals. This can be losing weight, exercising, studying, quitting smoking or anything else really.
However, achieving these goals seems difficult. When we are tired, lazy or busy, then working towards these goals always seems to be the first things we give up on. Is there a way to fix that? Read more
By Kevin Kruse
Is it time to rethink the wisdom of goal setting?
We’ve all been taught the value of setting goals that are SMART: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-bound.
But what happens when we have too many goals? Even if our goals fit the SMART criteria, having multiple goals inevitably results in competing interests, each vying for our time and attention.
And just because we know what outcome we want (e.g., to lose 10 pounds in 12 weeks), doesn’t necessarily mean we know what to do today. Read more
GOAL: I want to be a success.
CHALLENGE: Easier “thought” than “done.”
THOUGHT: Success means “achieve goals.”
WRONG THOUGHT: Many people are afraid of success.
REALITY: People are not afraid of achieving success, they just don’t know how to do it.
BIGGER REALITY: It’s that time of the year again — no, no, not Christmas time. Goal time. Resolution time. Achievement time. Rats.
BIGGEST REALITY: Last year’s resolutions (goals) never made it through February.
DEPRESSION STARTER: It’s now the end of the year and you haven’t accomplished squat.
IDEA: Go purchase a pad of Post-it Notes, and you’ll be on the path to success! Read more
By John Addison
I believe there are two things in life: results and crappy excuses for not achieving results. As a society, we’ve gotten really good at giving excuses and readily accepting them. I’m not vilifying our society—our days are more jam-packed than ever and it seems like we are constantly being pulled in a thousand different directions. I’ve worked with some very dedicated, talented people who have not been able to achieve the results they should have. It wasn’t for lack of trying; it was lack of good habits.
Your habits and patterns determine the direction of your life, so it should come as no surprise that successful people have successful habits. In my more than three decades in business, I’ve practiced three habits in particular that I think have played a huge role in my success and can help you maximize yours. Read more