Thursday, January 6, 2011

Goals (and an interesting question)

“You control your future, your destiny. What you think about comes about.” ~~Mark Victor Hansen~~

I’ve been thinking a lot this morning about motivation and goals, and how they work together. I know that I like a good, solid “to do” list to cross off daily as I accomplish tasks. They help me feel productive each day, even when what I am working on is administrative and tactical. I know short term goals set weekly or monthly (or even annually) help me focus and stay my course. But I think it may be my long term goals, my 10 year plans, that really help motivate me, and provide me with that extra stick-to-itiveness I need when I just don’t feel like taking action. So, now I’m curious… What motivates you? Which set of goals do you feel helps you most, or do you think all three are equally as important?


  1. I agree that both short- and long-term goals are important in maintaining focus and motivation. But I also feel you need external support in order to stay on course. I consider myself to be pretty self-driven, but despite that, I still find times when I need to have someone else (or a few someone elses) to encourage me. As much as we might like to think so sometimes, when it comes to our careers, it is not simply a solo gig, dependent solely on riding the waves of our self-motivation. It takes a network and outside support to give us the extra shove.

  2. Sheree,

    I completely agree! I often talk about accountability groups and personal advisory boards, as well as the support of a coach, family and friends. Thank you for the reminder that my network is also a huge source of motivation for me!