personal deelopment and self empowerment

 Putting Motivation Into Perspective
     when Setting Business Goals

  The difference between achieving formal goals versus informal goals is one of motivation.

  If you've ever worked in a corporate management position, you're no stranger to MBO - the concept of establishing goals and their importance to any organization that practices management by objectives.

  Even if you've never been in a position where you had to define specific, measurable goals, you may not realize that you do this every single day. By not consciously saying so, you are actually setting goals and you are usually better able to achieve them with far less analysis than accomplished through formal goal setting.

  Quite often with formal goals, we may make progress towards our objective, but not have a clear understanding of the process required - and we often see a decline in our motivation to continue effectively.

  This is perhaps most often seen in group work environments where one or two members of the group seem to "Get It", while others just sort of follow along, contributing only when asked and simply waiting for others to ensure the goal is achieved at some hazy future point.

  Yet as individuals, we are often able to accomplish our own informal goals almost subconsciously. Each and every day of our lives, we plan, act upon and accomplish innumerable short-term goals, while simultaneously working towards longer-term goals, by establishing patterns of activity.

  For example, you may get up a 6:00 AM each weekday, shower, dress, have breakfast and drive to your place of employment. Odds are you've done these thousands of times without giving it a second thought and yet, you are in fact achieving five goals every morning.

  You're able to do this for several reasons - first of course, you understand the primary goal of getting to work on time each day at the task level. Next, your motivation for doing so no doubt includes the desire to avoid being fired for continued tardiness. Another motivation is simply a need to demonstrate being a reliable member of the organization.

  On a longer-term basis, we often plan for and follow through on everything from vacations and holidays to paying off our mortgages and other debts. Here again, we have plenty of motivation to do these things and we do them subconsciously. And yet we often meet or exceed these goals with little or no effort.

What's most interesting is that with our personal life's goals, we rarely use any elaborate system to track and complete these tasks. No software, no systems and at best - we might scribble a reminder note to ourselves and stick it on the fridge or on the side of our computer monitor.

  Let's face it, there's no reason why you could not apply the same approach to your business or work related goals. A task is a task, whether it's having to put trash out before the refuse truck arrives on trash day, or having to ensure a critical order was placed and is being tracked.

  If you can find your motivation for staying on top of things at the office as you do at home, you'll never again have any serious difficulty meeting your business goals!
                                                                                         Richard Rossbauer
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Nothing Great was ever achieved without enthusiasm
Ralph Waldo Emerson
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