Meet Your Goals! No Ifs, Ands, Or Buts.

Writing your goals down is only step one. You need a lot more than a piece of paper to make sure you actually meet them. It doesn’t matter if they’re your life goals, career goals or relationship goals, YOU are the only one who can guarantee that they actually come true. I know it seems overwhelming, but all of the best things in life do at first. Here are a few tips to help:

Paint A Clear Picture of Your Goals
Schedule a little bit of time out of every day to add more details to your goals. With one big picture it’s easy to stop short. When you have every detail planned out you can start with small steps and milestones to make sure you’re on the right track. You shouldn’t put more time into planning your two-week vacation than you do on your entire life.

Always Prioritize
Don’t let yourself get caught in the struggle for the end game. Identify short-term priorities that will help with your long-term goals. Start by figuring out what needs to be done by the end of the day and stick to your deadline! Schedule a few chunks of time to block out the world and just focus on what needs to be done. Turn off your phone, close your e-mail and lock your door. For that chunk of time you are in your own world and nothing will distract you.

Develop Successful Habits
Your bad habits WILL catch up to you, and so will your good habits. The hardest part about this task will be to identify what habits need to change and what opportunities there are to adopt new habits. When was the last time you added someone to your professional network? Start making one new, professional, friend every month. Think about what makes other people successful and figure out what they’re doing that you aren’t, then do it! Are you making common mistakes when setting your goals?

9 Tips to Boost Your Productivity

These days, life is full of distractions. It takes a lot of self-discipline to focus on what you need to do without getting sidetracked. But sometimes, self-discipline doesn’t come easily. It really takes knowing yourself and what tricks work for you.

These nine tips are great places to start when it comes to boosting your productivity and getting things done.  But don’t expect all of them to work for you — try them out and think hard about how effective each of them are. Rock on!


10 Ways to Motivate: Part 2

This is part two of my series on ways to motivate different kinds of people. To read the first part, click here.

6. Expressive — Expressive people prefer things to be in the open. Try having a group discussion about their role, but make sure they have an opportunity to have their voice heard.

7. Peacekeepers — It’s difficult to motivate an idealistic person, and that’s often what peacekeepers are. Most of the time, they will simply hope things go well rather than take action. Let them know when it’s okay to get fired, but also take the time to compliment their ability to keep a cool head.

8. Hard-Drivers — These people think very independently, and are most motivated when they agree with your goals and methods. If they don’t see the value in what you want them to do, they won’t be nearly as effective. Hard-drivers work best when they get immediate recognition for their accomplishments.

9. Focused — People who are very focused see the end goal more than the process. They’ll want to know what the reward will be up front, because it will be what pushes through the work it will take to get there.

10. Flexible — These are the easiest people to motivate, because they tend to go with the flow– that is, as long as the work doesn’t do against their own values or beliefs. Flexible people are more likely to be happy with anything.

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10 Ways to Motivate: Part 1

Motivation is a huge part of leadership. It provides the allure that makes people want to follow you and work with you. If you can’t motivate people, you can’t lead them.

But not everybody gets motivated the same way. One of the challenges of being a leader is figuring out how to motivate different kinds of people based on their personality and needs. Here are ten ways to motivate ten types of people:

1. Analytical — As you could probably guess, analytical people think very hard about things and look at the details. They need to be reminded of the specific reasons why their contribution is important, and expect to be rewarded accordingly.

2. Structural — These people thrive on organization and, well, structure. A structural thinker can’t get behind a leader who can’t get their thoughts and goals together. Timeliness and clarity is key.

3. Social — Social people need to feel like they’re valued for who they are, not just the work they do. Let them know that you enjoy having them around– work aside.

4. Innovative — In order for innovative people to thrive, they need an outlet for their creativity and a role that encourages out-of-the-box thinking. Still, they focus on the larger goal and need to know that they’re adding to the big picture.

5. Quiet — No matter how quiet someone is, they’re always willing to open up if you talk to them one on one. It’s important to notice these people and make that extra effort.

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Check back next week for numbers 6-10. For more leadership and motivation tips, find me on Facebook and Twitter! Rock on!

3 Common Goal-Setting Mistakes

There are too many people out there who don’t set clear goals for themselves. Without goals, the direction in which you take your life will be blurry– goals help you determine where you should focus your efforts, and how they can work together to help you achieve your dreams.

But not everyone who sets goals does it effectively. Here are the three most common mistakes we make when setting goals– and it’s often just enough to undermine the progress we’re trying to make:

1. Making goals that are too specific — In general, goals need to be specific. If they’re too vague, we don’t know what steps to take to reach them. Also, it becomes difficult to determine whether we even reached them at all!

But goals that are too specific can be equally devastating. If we have tunnel vision about our goals, we can sometimes lose sight of why we set that goal. We often have to course-correct and adapt our goals as we go, and if they’re too specific, that can be hard to do.

2. Setting too many goals –– The more goals we set at one time, the harder it gets to prioritize them. People are apt to choose the ones that will be easiest to achieve, and that’s not always the best option.

3. Creating an inappropriate timeframe — A lot of people have trouble knowing whether a goal should be short-term or long-term. If we don’t meet a deadline we set for ourself, we think we failed. But it’s often the case that we just made an unrealistic timeframe.

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