Motivation and aspirations Some ideas on how to achieve your goals Nigel Gibson
What is motivation? <ul><li>An incentive for doing things, it directs our behaviour and is why we do things. </li></ul><ul...
What we’ll be doing <ul><li>Looking at goals and how to set them </li></ul><ul><li>Then looking at ways to work out how to...
Goals <ul><li>It’s easier to achieve something if you know what you want to achieve </li></ul><ul><li>That might sound obv...
Setting goals <ul><li>A Goal should be SMART </li></ul><ul><ul><li>S PECIFIC – Does it define a clear, precise outcome, ra...
Steps <ul><li>The steps to goals are called objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Because objectives are smaller – little gobbets o...
An example Concorde 001 took off on it’s maiden flight on 2 nd  March, 1969 flown by Andre Turcat. It first flew faster th...
Concorde  <ul><li>First supersonic passenger aircraft </li></ul><ul><li>Flew a transatlantic service for 27 years </li></u...
But it didn’t just arrive <ul><li>Some of the steps include the work of Sir Isaac Newton in 1687 and Daniel Bernoulli in 1...
Bear in mind <ul><li>I’m only showing one path through the developments and I’m focussing on fixed-wing, heavier than air,...
Fast forward <ul><li>17 th  December, 1903. Two brothers who had been working for years at building a flying machine faced...
First flight With Wilbur at the wingtip Orville piloted the “Wright Flyer” for 120 feet on a flight lasting 12 seconds. La...
Even faster forward <ul><li>Within 15 years of the Wright brothers flight the Royal Airforce was formed (1 st  April, 1918...
Timeline <ul><li>Concorde flew 30 years after the first jet aircraft </li></ul><ul><li>66 years after the first heavier th...
Big house, villa, car, etc <ul><li>To get where we’re going we need to break it down into steps (objectives) </li></ul><ul...
Planning Goal:  Well paid job Identify jobs Talk to friends Use the web Adverts Get qualifications Skills Driving licence?...
Qualifications <ul><li>I’ve left that blank on purpose </li></ul><ul><li>We sometimes find that what we have isn’t what we...
Your goals <ul><li>Think about your goal for being successful in your degree </li></ul><ul><li>Think about some of the ste...
Sometimes…….. <ul><li>Things don’t always go to plan </li></ul><ul><li>When things go wrong learn from the mistakes </li><...
An iteration <ul><li>Of course it’s easy to look back, as we did with the Concorde example, and pick what the critical pat...
Try it <ul><li>Think about something you want to achieve </li></ul><ul><li>Think about some of the steps – write them down...
Some thoughts <ul><li>“ I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.” Thomas Edison </li></ul><ul><li>“...
Falling Water
<ul><li>And he did it by working hard and planning and using the work of others – including Newton – and testing and itera...
Summary <ul><li>Work out your goals </li></ul><ul><li>Set your objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Find out how to achieve them <...
Any questions? <ul><li>Thank you </li></ul>
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  1. 1. Motivation and aspirations Some ideas on how to achieve your goals Nigel Gibson
  2. 2. What is motivation? <ul><li>An incentive for doing things, it directs our behaviour and is why we do things. </li></ul><ul><li>In part it’s related to our concept of self and who we are (and want other’s to think we are) </li></ul><ul><li>Argyris talks of “psychological success” which is experienced if: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We set a challenging goal for ourselves </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>   We determine the methods of achieving that goal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>   The goal is relevant to our self concept </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. What we’ll be doing <ul><li>Looking at goals and how to set them </li></ul><ul><li>Then looking at ways to work out how to achieve them </li></ul>
  4. 4. Goals <ul><li>It’s easier to achieve something if you know what you want to achieve </li></ul><ul><li>That might sound obvious but….. </li></ul><ul><li>Unless you decide where you are going it’s difficult to know how to get there! </li></ul>
  5. 5. Setting goals <ul><li>A Goal should be SMART </li></ul><ul><ul><li>S PECIFIC – Does it define a clear, precise outcome, rather than a single vague intention? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>M EASURABLE – How will you know when achieved the objective, what noticeable change will you expect? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>A CHIEVABLE – Is it possible for you to do it? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>R EALISTIC – Are you confident that you will have the commitment to see it through? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>T IME LIMITED – Does it include a date/time when you should achieve it </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Steps <ul><li>The steps to goals are called objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Because objectives are smaller – little gobbets of the goal – they are easier to “see” </li></ul>
  7. 7. An example Concorde 001 took off on it’s maiden flight on 2 nd March, 1969 flown by Andre Turcat. It first flew faster than the speed of sound on 1 st October, 1969
  8. 8. Concorde <ul><li>First supersonic passenger aircraft </li></ul><ul><li>Flew a transatlantic service for 27 years </li></ul><ul><li>Cruised at 2.04 times the speed of sound for optimum fuel consumption (1,350 mph) </li></ul><ul><li>Pioneered a number of new technical developments </li></ul>
  9. 9. But it didn’t just arrive <ul><li>Some of the steps include the work of Sir Isaac Newton in 1687 and Daniel Bernoulli in 1739 </li></ul><ul><li>That’s a while before Concorde flew! </li></ul><ul><li>I’ll come back to Sir Isaac later </li></ul>Apples – that’s all anyone remembers
  10. 10. Bear in mind <ul><li>I’m only showing one path through the developments and I’m focussing on fixed-wing, heavier than air, powered flight </li></ul><ul><li>If I looked at the history of gliders, balloons or rotary winged (helicopters) aircraft the histories would coincide in places but they would follow a different path – that’s important to consider </li></ul>
  11. 11. Fast forward <ul><li>17 th December, 1903. Two brothers who had been working for years at building a flying machine faced failure because they had promised their father that they’d be home for Christmas </li></ul><ul><li>They were in Kitty Hawk in North Carolina and had to get back to Dayton, Ohio </li></ul><ul><li>They had been there for weeks but hampered by mechanical problems, bad weather and a crash </li></ul><ul><li>The weather was still bad but they decided to risk everything on one last chance…. </li></ul>
  12. 12. First flight With Wilbur at the wingtip Orville piloted the “Wright Flyer” for 120 feet on a flight lasting 12 seconds. Later flights on the same day lasted longer and were further, the longest being 200 feet at an of about 10 feet off the ground
  13. 13. Even faster forward <ul><li>Within 15 years of the Wright brothers flight the Royal Airforce was formed (1 st April, 1918) </li></ul><ul><li>Aircraft had already been fighting over the trenches of the Somme </li></ul><ul><li>The first jet turbine-equipped aircraft was the Heinkel He 178 and flew in August 1939 </li></ul><ul><li>Wars are very good at accelerating technical developments </li></ul>
  14. 14. Timeline <ul><li>Concorde flew 30 years after the first jet aircraft </li></ul><ul><li>66 years after the first heavier than air, powered, manned flight </li></ul><ul><li>230 years after Bernoulli’s Theory </li></ul><ul><li>282 years after Newton’s First Law </li></ul><ul><li>But without them it wouldn’t have happened (in the way it did – it might have happened but in a different way) </li></ul>
  15. 15. Big house, villa, car, etc <ul><li>To get where we’re going we need to break it down into steps (objectives) </li></ul><ul><li>And then look at routes to those objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Let’s look at an example </li></ul>
  16. 16. Planning Goal: Well paid job Identify jobs Talk to friends Use the web Adverts Get qualifications Skills Driving licence? ? IT? You might think that some of these tasks are in the wrong order but we’re trying to catch all the things that are linked at this point
  17. 17. Qualifications <ul><li>I’ve left that blank on purpose </li></ul><ul><li>We sometimes find that what we have isn’t what we need </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t think that what you have is all you can ever get – think about how you might add to and improve your skills </li></ul><ul><li>Throughout your life! </li></ul>
  18. 18. Your goals <ul><li>Think about your goal for being successful in your degree </li></ul><ul><li>Think about some of the steps – write them down </li></ul><ul><li>Think about how you might achieve those steps </li></ul><ul><li>try and fit this into SMART …. </li></ul>
  19. 19. Sometimes…….. <ul><li>Things don’t always go to plan </li></ul><ul><li>When things go wrong learn from the mistakes </li></ul><ul><li>Don’t fear failure (or success!) </li></ul>
  20. 20. An iteration <ul><li>Of course it’s easy to look back, as we did with the Concorde example, and pick what the critical path events were (and there were lots more) </li></ul><ul><li>But if you talk to anyone about how they did something they will be able to pick out the key events </li></ul><ul><li>Newton said he saw so far because he “stood on the shoulders of giants” – use what other people have learnt whenever possible </li></ul>
  21. 21. Try it <ul><li>Think about something you want to achieve </li></ul><ul><li>Think about some of the steps – write them down </li></ul><ul><li>Think about how you might achieve those steps </li></ul>
  22. 22. Some thoughts <ul><li>“ I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work.” Thomas Edison </li></ul><ul><li>“ Genius is one percent inspiration and ninety-nine percent perspiration.” Edison again </li></ul><ul><li>“ I know the price of success: dedication, hard work, and an unremitting devotion to the things you want to see happen.” Frank Lloyd Wright. He was an architect and designed……… </li></ul>
  23. 23. Falling Water
  24. 24. <ul><li>And he did it by working hard and planning and using the work of others – including Newton – and testing and iterating </li></ul><ul><li>And being jolly good at maths! </li></ul>
  25. 25. Summary <ul><li>Work out your goals </li></ul><ul><li>Set your objectives </li></ul><ul><li>Find out how to achieve them </li></ul><ul><li>Reach for the sky </li></ul>
  26. 26. Any questions? <ul><li>Thank you </li></ul>
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