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Generalized Goals Linked to Depression. When to Set Rigid Goals, and When to Be Flexible. To encourage loyalty, customers who purchase wine at the online store Yesmywine receive a stamp in the form of a “Country Medal” each time they buy a bottle.

When to Set Rigid Goals, and When to Be Flexible

Customers who collect 12 medals over the course of a year receive a reward, such as a free bottle of wine. Sounds like most standard loyalty programs, right? It’s not — there’s a catch. To qualify, customers must collect their 12 Country Medals in a specific sequence set out by the store. For example, in January they might be told they have to buy a French Chardonnay. At first glance this loyalty program appears overly restrictive, and as a result seems less likely to attract customers.

I trained myself to be less busy — and it dramatically improved my life. What Olympians Can Show Us About Setting Big Goals. At the United States Track & Field Olympic Team Trials in Eugene, Oregon, 28-year-old Brenda Martinez was in prime position to win her best event, the 800-meter run, which would qualify her for the Olympics for the very first time.

What Olympians Can Show Us About Setting Big Goals

But with less than 100 meters to go, a trailing runner tripped and fell forward into Martinez, throwing her off balance. She was able to regain her footing, but not before being passed by a handful of other runners who would secure the three Olympic spots. It was devastating to watch. Science Says 92 Percent of People Don't Achieve Goals: Here's How the Other 8 Percent Do. Did you know that a staggering 92 percent of people that set New Year's goals never actually achieve them?

Science Says 92 Percent of People Don't Achieve Goals: Here's How the Other 8 Percent Do

That's according to research by the University of Scranton. I've done it many times, and if you're like me -- a driven, type-A entrepreneur -- failing to meet goals can set you back and leave you discouraged and frustrated. (I even felt it as I typed that sentence.) Here's the thing: If you want to break the cycle, do what the other 8 percent of goal-setters -- the successful ones -- do consistently and exceptionally well. Set goals that are specific and challenging (but not too hard).

The Four Burners Theory: The Downside of Work-Life Balance. One way to think about work-life balance issues is with a concept known as The Four Burners Theory.

The Four Burners Theory: The Downside of Work-Life Balance

Here's how it was first explained to me: Imagine that your life is represented by a stove with four burners on it. Each burner symbolizes one major quadrant of your life. The first burner represents your family.The second burner is your friends.The third burner is your health.The fourth burner is your work. The Four Burners Theory says that “in order to be successful you have to cut off one of your burners. Four Risk Factors for Burnout—And How to Overcome Them. Work-life balance is one of the aspects of well-being that I have the hardest time implementing in my own life.

Four Risk Factors for Burnout—And How to Overcome Them

As a happiness researcher and consultant, I really do try to practice what I preach. But work-life balance is something I often work at for short bursts before I end up backsliding into workaholism. I know that I am not the only one with this difficulty; work-life balance is really tough for many people. I think it’s time we start a conversation about balance, precisely because it is so hard for so many of us to find, and it is so integral to enhancing well-being. Below, based on my experiences, I illuminate four risk factors for poor work-life balance and eventual burnout. 8 Key Principles to Succeed. How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big. Synergy Map. The Synergy Map method was developed in 1998 by Martin Eppler.

Synergy Map

It can be used to find synergies between various activities or goals. The synergy map facilitates the visual discussion of the main goals and sub-goals necessary to move the implementation of a strategy forward during a particular time frame. In this method, goals and activities are defined and prioritized and then introduced into a timing circuit. The objectives will be distributed on the circle according to their temporal component, ie, short, medium and long term and permanent. With the connection of the individual targets are shown with arrows indicating the synergies and conflicts.

The Synergy Map can be used on a personal level or in groups. The Synergy Map positions relevant goals or activities on a circle and identify their synergies and conflicts. Solve Problems Like an Entrepreneur by Focusing on the Process. 4 Lean Strategies You Can Use To Innovate Your Life. Wouldn’t it be great if we could extract the strategies that go into developing the world’s greatest technological advances and use them for our own personal development?

4 Lean Strategies You Can Use To Innovate Your Life

The most common methodology used today to bring about these advances is the lean innovation strategy. When Eric Ries released his book The Lean Startup in 2011 his approach to product development created a global movement. Everyone from startups acquired by Google to corporate giants like General Electric and Dropbox have adopted it. Here are four tips for innovating your life by going lean: 1. When Apple first thought of the iPod, Steve Jobs didn’t specifically set out saying he wanted a device with a stainless steel back, a navigating scroll wheel, and storage for your entire music library. One Key To Achieving Goals? Ditch Deadlines, And Make Your Mental Map.

If you want to get better at, well, almost anything, it helps to turn to a team that's made it their life's work to break big dreams down into day-sized goals: Everest, the achievement app.

One Key To Achieving Goals? Ditch Deadlines, And Make Your Mental Map

What Everest is brilliant at is taking unruly dreams and disassembling them, so that people can assemble them, step by step, day by day, with their actions. How to Get Back on Track After Disappointing Yourself. Achieve Your Goals: The Simple Trick That Doubles Your Odds of Success. We all have goals.

Achieve Your Goals: The Simple Trick That Doubles Your Odds of Success

And what's the first thing most of us think about when we consider how to achieve them? “I need to get motivated.” The surprising thing? Motivation is exactly what you don't need. Today, I'm going to share a surprising research study that reveals why motivation isn't the key to achieving your goals and offers a simple strategy that actually works. Making Change Happen, on a Deadline. Fixes looks at solutions to social problems and why they work.

Making Change Happen, on a Deadline

The PreFabricated Building Parts Production Enterprise in Addis Ababa is a state-owned company that makes concrete walls and other structures, mainly for the Ethiopian government’s low-cost housing program. Public-sector construction companies in the third world are not generally known for energy, flexibility, risk-taking or creative thinking. How To Set Goals For The Life You Actually Want. It’s a commonly accepted sentiment that setting goals will lead you to success. Many of us believe life will be better by reaching those goals, so we make our plans, put our nose to the grindstone, and work our butts off until we’re there. Many high achievers I’ve worked with over the years reach their goals, but they end up missing their lives in the process--and not in a trivial “I’m-working-too-hard-to-have-friends” kind of way.

No, they reach their goals and discover they were the wrong goals and the wrong path to get there. Businessinsider. If your goal is important enough, you’ll stay motivated long enough to see it through. That’s the hard truth about inspiration. It’s the one thing you lose just after you stop looking for it. When your goals aren’t important enough — when they don’t really matter all that much to you — you struggle to stay motivated long enough to see them through.

You stutter step. You stop and start and stop again. How to Find Your WHY. Discover Your Life’s Purpose in Three Simple Steps! I recently finished reading Simon Sinek’s marketing masterpiece – “Start With Why (How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action)” and it blew my mind. There are few books that have ever achieved what this book does. It cuts through the mental noise around marketing, business, and leadership, and shines a bright light on a simple truth… “People don’t buy what you do, they buy why you do it” I won’t try to explain the truth of Sinek’s argument here. Knowing your WHY is vital, for several reasons: Why Mission Statements Are BS. According to Wikipedia, a mission statement is intended to "guide the actions of the organization, spell out its overall goal, provide a path, [and] the framework or context within which the company's strategies are formulated. " Most companies have one, but they're all a waste of time and mental energy.

Here's why: 1. They're group-written. When a group tries to write something in a corporate setting, the result is the lowest common denominator for every issue in the room. 2. Shhh! Keeping Quiet May Help You Achieve Your Goals. Embrace Work-Life Imbalance - Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic. By Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic | 9:00 AM February 12, 2013 Why is everybody so concerned about work-life balance? According to one urban legend, based on 1950s pop psychology*, workaholics are greedy and selfish people who are bound to die from a heart attack. Not really. As the great David Ogilvy once said: “Men die of boredom, psychological conflict, and disease. From dismal science to language of beauty – Towards a new story of economics. By Inez Aponte. Lifehacking is just another way to make us work more. Against Productivity — The Message. Four years ago I temporarily moved to Puerto Rico.

I went to PR to seek the New American Dream, a dream that had swept through American business culture, launched a billion dollar self-help industry, alienated my generation, and killed uncounted people through its wild pursuit. Bring back the 40-hour work week. Burnout Self-Test - Stress Management Techniques from Mind Tools. Locke's Goal Setting Theory - Understanding SMART - Goal Setting Tools from MindTools.com. Setting Meaningful, Challenging Goals Learn how to set effective goals, in this short video. 5-Steps to Goal Setting In The Modern Age. Use Self-Doubt to Your Advantage. The story The Little Engine That Could, really ticked me off as a child. Why Setting Goals Could Wreck Your Life. If you’ve ever read a popular book about the importance of planning for the future, you will almost certainly have encountered a reference--and quite possibly several--to the Yale Study of Goals.

This is a now-legendary finding about the importance of creating detailed plans for your life. The essentials of the study are as follows: in 1953, students graduating from Yale University were asked by researchers whether or not they had formulated specific, written-down goals for the rest of their lives. Only 3 percent of them said they had. Two decades later, the researchers tracked down the class of ’53, to see how their lives had turned out. The results were unequivocal: the 3 percent of graduates with written goals had amassed greater financial wealth than the other 97 percent combined.

The only problem is that it is indeed a legend: the Yale Study of Goals never took place. How To Set Goals That Will Keep You Fulfilled And Focused. From the perspective of our brains, personal goals define who we are. Why Your Life Needs A Mission Statement. We’d all love to say we wake up in the morning feeling exhilarated--joyful even--and move through the day with purpose and intention, but the reality is most of us spend the larger part of our day going through the motions, feeling exhausted and wondering what the point of it all is. Gallup's 2013 State of the American Workplace Report showed only 30% of American workers feel engaged or inspired at their jobs, and the vast majority (70%) feel they aren’t reaching their full potential.

Management consultant and coach Allison Rimm, author of The Joy of Strategy: A Business Plan for Life says it’s possible for all of us to find joy in our business and personal lives, but to do so requires strategy. Rimm spent 16 years as a senior executive at Massachusetts General Hospital where, in addition to her duties as vice president of Strategic Planning and Information Management, she informally coached and mentored co-workers.