Monday Motivation

Free yourself from negativity and take the word “can’t” out of your vocabulary.  Just thinking you “can’t” do something immediately affects you negatively and hinders your growth.

You are capable of doing anything you put your mind to, you just have to be willing to plan and work for it.

So today, right now, we are going to remove this word for good. From now on, there is nothing you can’t do!

Happy Monday!

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Work SMART’er, not harder…

We’re all familiar with goals. How often have you set a goal and you don’t exactly make it past the thought? *(Yep… I’m guilty of that as well.)

The goals we often set aren’t very structured. Most often all we really focus on is the result and not the steps on how to effectively reach our goal. We trek through the days just reminding ourselves of the general goal but nothing more.

Setting goals is important because it gives us a sense of direction. Essentially goals are like a road map that guides us to our destinations and allows us to track our journey.

SMART Goals are a simple tool used to form an actionable plan for results. They help improve achievement and success.

So what are SMART Goals?

S.M.A.R.T. is an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Based goals. SMART Goals state a desired future achievement and define exactly what the future state looks like and how it would be achieved and measured.

Let’s break down the acronym…

SPECIFIC: A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal. To set a specific goal answer the six “W” questions:

  • Who is involved?
  • What do I want to accomplish?
  • Where will this happen? Identify a location.
  • When will this happen? Establish a time frame.
  • Which requirements and restraints will be part of the process? Identify them.
  • Why am I setting this goal? Jot down the specific reasons and benefits of accomplishing this goal.

By answering these questions, your goals will be well-defined and focused. This will also provide enough detail so there is no indecision as to what needs to be done.

MEASURABLE: Establish concrete criteria for measuring the progress towards the attainment of each goal. A goal is measurable when it is easy to determine if it has been accomplished.

ACHIEVABLE: One of the biggest mistakes people make while setting goals is that they set unattainable goals.  Goals should be set high, but they must also be realistic.

RELEVANT: Your goals should be important to YOU. Goals should be important to the work and focus on results. A goal must represent an objective toward which you are both willing and able to work.

TIME-BASED: Any effective goal MUST have a target date. Make sure each goal has a specific time frame for completion. A goal should be grounded within a time frame. With no time frame there is no sense of urgency.

SMART Goals

Seems like a lot of work huh? Well things worth waiting for don’t come easy! Let’s break down the benefits of creating SMART Goals.

SMART Goals provide a structured approach to the planning, implementation and monitoring of your goals progress and success. Creating SMART Goals give you a sense of control. With the specific details, it is easier to visualize what success will look like and also gives you a clearer sense of time as to when you will potentially reach the success of your goal. Typically large goals are overwhelming, but when you break them down into smaller [SMART] goals it makes it easier to visualize, and it improves your confidence in having the ability to reach the larger goal (even if in smaller steps)!

Remember, you can’t manage results but YOU CAN manage the process.
Work SMART’er, not harder.

Here is a tool provided by SparkPeople.com to assist you in laying out your first SMART Goal. Click here to access the SMART Goal-Setting Worksheet.

Now carry on… get started on those SMART Goals TODAY!

References:
-Setting Smart Goals. (n.d.). Signal Hill. Retrieved May 19, 2014, from http://www.signalhillspot.com/work/setting-smart-goals.555086
-How to Set and Reach SMART Goals. (n.d.). SparkPeople. Retrieved May 19, 2014, from http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource/motivation_articles.asp?id=1794&page=2

If you think your words don’t matter, you’re wrong…

“Language shapes our behavior and each word we use is imbued with multitudes of personal meaning. The right words spoken in the right way can bring us love, money and respect, while the wrong words—or even the right words spoken in the wrong way—can lead to a country to war. We must carefully orchestrate our speech if we want to achieve our goals and bring our dreams to fruition.”

—Dr. Andrew Newberg, Words Can Change Your Brain

Words have incredible power on our lives. They have the ability to inspire, motivate, and persuade or discourage, dismiss, and dissuade. By changing the words you consistently use to describe the emotions of your life, you can instantly change how you think, feel and how you work and live.

This week, take an inventory and pay attention to the words you use. Are you using words that lift up or tear down? Evaluate the message you are delivering with your words and tweak where necessary. Make sure to remove the negativity and use POSITIVE words and phrases.

This simple task can immediately transform your attitude and most importantly, your quality of life!

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Monday Motivation

Let’s face it, most people aren’t a fan of Mondays. Through no fault of its own, Mondays follow the weekend, a time of fun and relaxation. When Monday creeps up, most of us aren’t ready to return to work.

Rather than using so much energy despising Monday morning, let’s get started with a positive mindset, some coffee for my fellow coffee fanaticsand MAKE THINGS HAPPEN!

Make Things Happen