Motivation & Goal Setting

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Meaningful goal setting

Siete Tips para mejorar la Motivación del Equipo de Proyecto. SMART goal setting. The Avatar's Advantage. A traveler meets two bricklayers and asks each what he's doing.

The Avatar's Advantage

The first mutters, "Working for a buck. " The second proclaims, "Building a school that will educate children for generations. " Both bricklayers are doing the same work, but the work of the second is imbued with more meaning, because it embodies a greater value. It thus gives greater motive force. This embodying a value through action is how people raise their mundane actions to a higher level. There are two ways to do this: from the outside in and from the inside out. Whether from the inside out or from the outside in, the value is the why of the action. Your values are your animating force, because, according to the poet Muriel Rukeyser, "The universe is made of stories, not atoms. " Much is said about ancient Greek civilization and how its philosophy gave the West a boost through the ages.

To be clear, I am suggesting a conscious mythologizing of the causal process, an exaggerating of intentions. 1. 2. 3. References. Motivating weight loss moves in mysterious ways. People you meet at the NY Academy of Science, especially at a meeting dedicated to innovations in the medical curriculum, are the most adherent people you expect to meet.

Motivating weight loss moves in mysterious ways

Because if adherence to medication is all about knowing what the meds are for, and what happens when you fail to take them, then surely every doctor who becomes a patient, will be a model one at that. So, standing at the NYAS meeting space overlooking the construction at Ground Zero, still there as an open wound, I probe the physician standing next to me on adherence issues in his practice.

"I'm in pulmonary disease," he says confidently. "We don't have adherence problems, because people are so scared, they do anything we tell them. " After telling me what he thinks needed to be done at Ground Zero ("use the same blueprints and put the same buildings there"), he recounts tales of his NY childhood , and how, as a youth, he worked as a lifeguard on summer vacations.

"What happened? " "40," he corrects me. Dealing With Criticism. In an interview a couple of years back about my book The Art of Singing , I was asked how I advise clients- both performers and professionals- to remain centered and unaffected by negative reviews.

Dealing With Criticism

It was and remains a great question... a question I still encounter almost daily in my practice. Here is my answer. I love the Tao Te Ching , and reference it often. It, along with the tenants of Buddhism and other eastern philosophies, discuss the nature of duality and how a lack of attachment is the first step on the path to peace. I agree, and feel that readings in these areas would benefit all artists, and indeed, all people. One of the most challenging aspects of this concept for us Westerners is the need to release attachment... to the negative as well as the positive.

It may be tempting to dismiss these ideas as idealistic or even unrealistic. Cooperation vs. Competition: Not an either/or proposition. Several years ago, I was a graduate student at the University of Wisconsin struggling to come up with an idea for my dissertation on the effects of competition on intrinsic motivation .

Cooperation vs. Competition: Not an either/or proposition

Much of my interest in motivation stemmed from my own experiences in athletics and academics. I had long been fascinated why some individuals had tremendous passion for what they did, whereas others did not. One summer evening, still searching for ideas, I went for a bike ride through Madison's Elver Park to clear my head. As I biked into the park, I saw a couple dozen men playing pick-up basketball. I biked on and saw hundreds of men and women playing co-ed softball. To date, the vast majority of research on competition had pitted it against either non-competitive or cooperative conditions. To simplify things, let's assume all kids made 6 out of 10 free throws in a pre-test of performance that was measured on the first day of camp. References Tauer, J.M., & Harackiewicz, J.M. (2004). How to Find Your Passion - Martha Beck. The Paradox of Goal-Setting. Dominoes vs Rainbows. I recently wrote about choices and recognizing how much of our lives are under our control.

Dominoes vs Rainbows

The acknowledgment of this power is awesome and inspiring. It allows us to overcome obstacles, arise to new challenges, embrace changes, renew relationships, and quit the Blame Game. In a similar way, I'd like to talk about choices in terms of our hopes, dreams , and goals . Buddha said, "it is better to travel well, than to arrive.

" Becoming journey-oriented, rather than outcome-oriented is essential to creating our own positive reality in a mindfully spiritual way. . : Since an early age, we have been misguided to believe that there is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow (my apologies if I've just dashed your hopes) . : Let me propose something new. Reaching the last domino is not all that is important; we have still benefited from traveling our path. This type of thinking is responsible for the old adage, "it's not the summit, but the journey up the mountain that is important. " Stay tuned... Count to Ten and Reclaim Your Autonomy from Your Limbic Brain.

One of the top determinants of well-being is autonomy: the perception that one can govern oneself and not have decisions dictated externally by someone else. Understanding what autonomy is could be tricky. Many people mistake it to mean the same as independence, but it’s not. Being autonomous does not mean you do not depend on others to help accomplish tasks, reach your goals , and provide you with the many benefits of having company. Having autonomy is not about being able to do stuff all by yourself.

It’s about having the power to decide what happens next in your life. Carol Ryff’s groundbreaking research on the determinants of well-being places autonomy as the most important factor that affects our psychological wellness. Changes in one’s mindset and outlook can change their own perceived autonomy. In addition to people and situations that may attempt to deny you of your autonomy, there is another potential autonomy thief that lies within. Count to ten.

Intrinsec motivation

Externally self-motivated: A winding tale of love, unemployment, evolution, theology, apples, and oranges. My writing drives some people crazy because I make big jumps from one topic to another.

Externally self-motivated: A winding tale of love, unemployment, evolution, theology, apples, and oranges.

One minute I'm talking romance, the next I'm talking the origins of life. I aim to edit for smooth transitions but there's a bigger problem than prose styling. I've invested decades in research that trains my mind to follow abstract patterns. I'm doing what the anthropologist Gregory Bateson described as The details become background; the abstract patterns become foreground.

In this article for example, I'll make a connection between love, unemployment, genetics and our changing attitudes about God. Abstraction has a bad reputation. Pursuit of practical abstractions has a long history. Solving for pattern is itself enjoyable. As a pattern sensualist cultivating pattern fluency, I get to read my life like good fiction. A friend claims I saved her career once by drawing cosmic parallels. {*style:<b><i> Indeed, here's a Christmas gift offer from me to you. You might notice this on Christmas vacation. Wildly Improbable Goals. Dan Pink - Drive. Randy Pausch Last Lecture: Achieving Your Childhood Dreams. From Fear Toward Creative Mastery. So, this work has me wondering, What does the pursuit of mastery have to do with fear?

From Fear Toward Creative Mastery

And what does mastery have to do with all of this talk about following our passions these days in this broken economy? Whose Reality? When you're faced with the unknown, your mammalian brain constricts and homes in on threats. Your vision narrows. Your heartbeat amps up. At first glance, all the "but what if's" seem legitimate. But whose "reality," I wonder? Where's Your Passion Power? Passion is a good place to start. On a chart I made, we listed each service and rated her passion, 1-5 (5 being the highest), for offering each. Rating your passion for a new endeavor gives you a base in positive emotions (or not). What's Your Experience & Creds? "For each service," I suggest, "let's rate your experience in offering each.

She was fortunate because she rated high at least in credibility. The Need for Caution to Avoid Delusion Here's where fear frankly needs to kick in. Now we're getting somewhere. Why Do Daydreamers Fail? In my house, we talk a lot about 'model railroader syndrome.'

Why Do Daydreamers Fail?

When my husband was in high school, he spent a lot of time building model railroads. He'd lay out his track, put up the chicken wire mountains, and lay out the buildings. Then he'd start the hard work of plastering, laying artificial grass, putting in trees, and painting. Halfway there, he'd just stop. It was a lot more fun to play with the train and design new switches than to carry out all those persnickity details. 'Model railroader syndrome' is the ability to see the completed project in your mind so clearly that you don't actually have to build it.

Now there's a new study out that may tell us more about why this is such an easy trap to fall into. Past research has found that people who spontaneously dream about a rosy future tend to have lower achivement. Unfortunately, correlational research like this makes it hard to untangle cause and effect and to understand processes.

Kappes and Oettingen performed four studies. Things You Must Never Say Aloud. There is a lexicon of phrases that can destroy each of us.

Things You Must Never Say Aloud

They have the power to halt progress, kill a dream and, ultimately, turn you into a shriveled up person who you no longer recognize, and somewhat despise. These words vary for people, but their poisonous sentiments are universal. These messages we tell ourselves serve only to make us feel ashamed, powerless, and unhappy. Why do that to yourself? Why be your own enemy? I have struggled with my own list of doom-inspired sayings, but through the years, I have slowly learned to identify the most menacing verbal culprits.

Intention and positive (or negative) thought is real, even if you are not a New Age subscriber. According to Martin Seligman, an expert on positive psychology , there is validity behind self-fulfilling prophecies. In simple terms, Seligman says, "Positive feelings about a person or an object get us to approach it, while negative feelings get us to avoid it. " These are five things I try not to say aloud: Why Passion Is a Gift. Lots of different definitions of giftedness exist.

Why Passion Is a Gift

While these theories differ in important ways, such as their dimensionality, their emphasis on creativity, or their focus on developmental and environmental factors, there is one important way they don't differ: they all include preexisting ability as the most basic requirement. To be fair, definitions of giftedness have evolved quite a bit over the years. Prior to 1972, practically every school used one criterion and one criterion only: an IQ cut-off of 130. This criterion was heavily influenced by the pioneering work of Lewis Terman , who equated high IQ with genius. Then the first federal definition of giftedness came along in 1972, which was undoubtedly an important step forward. A more recent report released by the National Department of Education in 1993 (" National Excellence: A Case for Developing America's Talent ") kept the multidimensional definition of giftedness but once again lamented the sorry state of gifted education.

El_efecto_Pigmalion.pdf (objeto application/pdf) Motivation. Why Writing Trumps Positive Thinking Alone for Goal-Setting. Note: This article is Part I of IV of the Be Possible Writing Project Series. You can craft vision boards, find a year-long intention word or three words or phrase, perform a New Year's Eve I Ching reading, plan and plan and plan, and tell yourself 108 times each morning for a month that you're a good person who deserves a fulfilling life. And still, 12 months later, little beneficial change happens.

Little gratification ensues. In fact, some of the above might be counter-productive. Not even goal-setting alone seems to work for most solo-preneurs and business owners. So, what gives? Is there a science or an art to manifesting our dreams and achieving our goals? Yes. I'm suspicious of quick fixes. I don't have answer to manifesting your best possible self's vision and goals. Setting and following through on goals is necessary for most creatives, but the activity rarely works if certain elements aren't in place. We need vision. Deep intention . It turns out there is. Vision boards can work. New Year's Goal-Setting Questions for No-Goals CreativesA Hut Of Questions. Note: I’ve updated this oft-read post from December 2010 for this year’s readers.

Enjoy. I never make New Year’s resolutions. (I don’t feel so bad knowing that Luck Factor author and psychologist Richard Wiseman’s study points out this practice’s futility.) I used to never make goals. I had tried, but I would forget about them within a day or two. But maybe there’s a way for us creatives to look toward the horizon without compromising the present. Some 15 years ago, I led a department of 19 eclectic, rather brilliant English teachers for two crazy years as a stint as Department Chair. One day, an ambitious colleague cornered me in my office and asked what my career goals were.

“My what?” Thoreau, not Peter Drucker, was and is my hero and role model. Part of me used to think myself odd, a sort of goofy entrepreneur-writer who would never amount to much because he just lacked the business mind to define “measurable goals” and make a six-month or twelve-month business plan to meet them. 2. Nine Secrets of Courage. Courage: it's not just for heroes. Fear is an emotion we all deal with, and how we handle it determines what kind of life we'll lead -- whether shackled by anxiety and dread, or empowered to conquer new challenges. Yet we spend most of our time trying to avoid fear, so we muddle along, rarely getting much better at the art of mastering it.

That's a shame, because with a little effort we can find the courage to push beyond your comfort zone and tackle new worlds. In my book Extreme Fear: The Science of Your Mind in Danger -- out this month in paperback -- I explore the neurological underpinnings of the brain's fear response to better understand how to take charge of this formidable emotion, shedding light on the science with stories of people who have faced terrible threats and managed to come through intact. Can we learn from such brave souls and train ourselves to be more courageous? Lean on Your Friends : Human beings are mammals, and mammals are fundamentally social creatures.

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