Setting Goals• Make sure it is something you want (doesn’t just sound good)• Can’t be in conflict with other goals or your values• Realistic and achievable• Specific and measurable• Short- and long-term steps• Written down with deadlines
Motivating Yourself• Put plans on paper. Spell out goals and specific ways to reach them.• Break the goal down into small pieces so that you have no excuse for not starting it.• Establish checkpoints so you can check on your progress.• Remind yourself of the benefits you expect from completion of the goal.
Motivating Yourself• Avoid temptation by deliberately avoiding circumstances that might sidetrack you. (GET STARTED, don’t stall.)• Take advantage of energy peaks, those periods of the day when you are habitually in top form.
Motivating Yourself• Take risks. Don’t be afraid to try new methods.• Set deadlines and hold yourself to them.• Make an honest distinction between “I can’t” and “I don’t want to.”
Motivating Yourself• Decide how you want to start. What needs to be done first?• Use self-signaling devices…notes, cues, reminders.• Recognize conflicts and make a choice. Don’t let inertia set in.• Give yourself the right to make mistakes. No one is perfect.
De-Motivating Others• Using fear• Thinking that what motivates me, motivates others.• Not recognizing that supporting others’ motivation is a process, not a task.
How To Help Motivate Others• Find out what motivates others• Reinforce when you see progress• Celebrate achievements