Motivation! Where do you look for it or do you?

Motivation is the fuel necessary to keep the human engine running.  Zig Ziglar

One More Strike

By David Reed

I must have repeated those words 20 times on the night of Game 6 of the 2011 World Series!

The Texas Rangers were within one strike of winning the World Series not once, but twice during game six. What started as a goal for the entire team as soon as last year’s series was over was almost realized for the first time in franchise history. The team was ready to storm the field and begin the celebration. My son was set to head to the local sporting goods store to buy his World Champion shirt. It was not to be.

The Rangers have an excellent owner and an incredible amount of talent and worked so hard to make it to the World Series for the second year in a row. Just like many of our projects and goals, they fell short of reaching the finish line. One more strike!

Many organizations are good at kicking off projects and have the best intentions of completing things as planned, but the truth is that very few groups have a “winning record” when it comes to completing work on time and on budget.

So what can we do to finish strong? It actually starts at the beginning. One of the key success factors to completing a project on time and on budget is clearly defining the scope, key milestones, and target dates for each part of your project. Be realistic with your dates. If your history has been that it is nearly impossible to have 100% of the time from some of your team members, then don’t build your project plan that way. Allow for the unexpected.

The next important aspect to successful projects is setting up regular checkpoints along the way. Don’t wait until it is too late to make a correction or bring in additional resources. Monitor the status of key project steps and don’t assume that if something is off track that it will get back on schedule on its own. A simple “Green-Yellow-Red” status as part of a weekly status report will help.

Don’t get distracted! How many times have you listened to a presentation about a new initiative and heard how important this was to the future of the organization, only to have a new priority introduced before completing the first project? True, we are all asked to “multi-task,” but it is a proven fact that it is much more efficient to finish one task before starting the next. Be patient! An organization that has a culture where slow-steady progress is the normal practice, instead of short, unfocused sprints, will win in the long haul almost every time.

Ask yourself: Have we made improvements in our processes and way of doing business since the last quarter?

Finally, celebrate your victories! When you do complete a project on time and on budget that accomplished the objectives laid out at the beginning, celebrate! When the rest of the organization sees you recognizing the hard work and successful completion of a project, they will want to be part of a winning team.

Don’t fall one strike short of reaching your goal! Build a culture where completing what you start is the normal way of doing business, not the rare exception.

Finish Strong!

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Set Your Goals, Change Your Life & Celebrate!

By Zig Ziglar

Studies tell us that only 3% of people in the USA set goals, and they are among the wealthiest people in the nation! Worldwide the percentage is probably lower. Why so low? There are several reasons, but the one that concerns me the most is lack of know-how. When we ask people why they don’t set goals they often say, “I don’t know how.”

Isn’t that remarkable? We send children to school for 12 years in America before they graduate from high school. Many of them go on to trade schools, colleges and universities. We teach them many important disciplines including history, economics, literature, science, and so forth, but we miss one critically important skill: goal setting. We award them their degrees, pat them on their backs, and send them into the world full of wisdom, but ill-prepared, almost always, to design and pursue the lives they really want.

And all that’s required to change this deficiency is a single semester, even half a semester, devoted to teaching goal setting. It doesn’t seem likely that we’re going to change the American educational system any time soon, or the world’s educational system, but that’s not going to stop me from teaching you how to set goals.

The letters and phone calls that I receive are social proof that our goal setting programs work. I know that goal setting will help you change your life for the better, it will help you get what you really want from life. And when you do, that’s reason for all of us to celebrate! Whether you’re already a goal setter, you used to set goals and quit, or you’ve never set goals, this lesson will help you build a better life.

Step 1. Dream! Let your imagination run wild while you fill up a blank sheet of paper with everything you want to be, do or have. Many adults have lost their ability to dream and that’s unfortunate. By dreaming you instill hope for your future, and with hope there’s possibility. So your assignment this week is to dream. During this next week devote at least two private sessions to dreaming. I want you to create a Dream List filled with ideas. Your list should include at least 25 dreams about what you want to be, do or have.

Step 2. After you complete your list, wait 24 to 48 hours and read each item on your list and answer the question: Why? If you can’t verbalize in one sentence why you want to be, do or have this dream, then it’s not a dream and it won’ become a goal. Cross it off your list.

Step 3: Ask the following five questions of every dream on the Dream List you created last week.

1. Is it really MY goal? 2. Is it morally right and fair to everyone concerned? 3. Is it consistent with my other goals? 4. Can I emotionally commit myself to finish this goal? 5. Can I “see” myself reaching this goal? You must answer “yes” to all five questions for each goal, or cross that goal off your list.

Here are some points to ponder: Is it really MY goal or is it a goal someone else wants me to pursue? Is it the right thing to do? Will achieving this goal distract from achieving other goals? Goals are often difficult to achieve. Are you sure you can make the commitment to pursue this goal and see it through? If you can’t “see” yourself reaching this goal, you probably won’t.

Take time during this week to think about the questions above and answer them. Once you’re finished, your Dream List will probably be a bit shorter than when you started out. That’s okay because you’re now closer to identifying the goals that you really will pursue and can achieve.

Step 4:  Ask the following seven questions of every dream that remains on your Dream List (or goals list).

Will reaching this goal . . . 1. make me happier? 2. make me healthier? 3. make me more prosperous? 4. win me more friends? 5. give me peace of mind? 6. make me more secure? 7. improve my relationships with others?

If you can’t answer “Yes” to at least one of these questions for each goal, eliminate that goal from your list. Be sure to consider your family when you answer these questions. And do not confuse pleasure with happiness!

Here we go with Step 5:  After asking the questions posted in Step 4 you will have eliminated some of your goals. Actually, they were not goals, just thoughts or desires at this point, so you’re better off without them.

Separate your remaining list of goals into one of three categories: Short-range (one month or less to achieve this goal), Intermediate (one month to one year to achieve this goal), or Long-range (one year or more to achieve this goal).

This step will help you quickly determine whether or not you have a balanced perspective between what needs to be done now, versus your dreams for the future.

Remember: Some goals must be BIG to make you stretch and grow to your full potential. Some goals must be long-range to keep you on track and greatly reduce the possibility of short-range frustrations. Some goals must be small and daily to keep you disciplined. Some goals must be ongoing. Some goals (i.e., weight loss, sales success, education, etc.) may require analysis and consultation to determine where you are before you can set the goals. Most goals should be specific. A “nice home” is not as good as a “3,000 square-foot, Tudor- style home with four bedrooms, three full baths, and two living spaces.”

Here we go with the final step:  After specifically identifying your goals, write them down!  It is important that you have a written list of your specific goals.  Then you will begin to do the daily, weekly action steps that will take you closer to achieving that goal.  Be selective. You may not be able to work on all of your goals at one time! Don,t over do it. If you only have time to complete one or two goals for the remainder of this year, don’t apologize. Do a little bit more than you think you can, but do not overextend your time to the point that you don’t complete any of your goals. Do not get frustrated by the process! Work the system and it will work for you. I can fill a book with the number of letters that I receive about the effectiveness of this simple goal-setting program. Trust the system.

Once you have identified your goals and plotted the activities that you intend to do to fulfill your goals, pat yourself on the back! You have just spent more time planning your future than most of your friends, relatives or associates will ever invest! Good for you.

The basic goal-reaching principle is to understand that you go as far as you can see, and when you get there you will always be able to see farther.      ~Zig Ziglar

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