A Lesson From Sport

sportAthletes are one of the best sources of motivation. They work hard, play hard and stay motivated through setbacks. But we can learn more from them than just their can-do attitude and inspirational mantras. We can learn from the way they utilize their halftime during games.

We always imagine what is going on in the locker rooms and on the sidelines during the half-time breaks. We imagine the coaches are pointing out weak areas, emphasizing strengths and providing direction to get the victory. At the same time, players are resting their bodies but their mind is replaying the plays, reflecting if they’re playing their best and making mental changes for the rest of the game.

Halftime is a great opportunity to review what you’ve done and what you’re going to do and what adjustments need to make to achieve your final goal. You can use this tactic in your personal and professional life. Here’s how to use your half-time break to achieve greatness.

1. Review What Has Happened Thus Far

Evaluate all the things that have happened this far in the game and whether or not it has helped you achieve your goals – or win the game that you’re playing. Ask yourself the following questions:
• What have I done that has worked well? How has it contributed to my success?
• What has not worked well?
• How would I rate my overall performance?
• Is what I’m focusing on really appropriate for my success?

2. Determine Whether or Not Adjustments Are Required

If everything you’re doing so far in your match for your goals is working fine, then keep up your hard work. However, if you started the game with an approach and you find that it’s not working anymore, make necessary adjustments to improve your chances of winning. Ask yourself the following questions:
• What do I need to do to maximize the positives and minimize the negatives?
• What adjustments to I need to make in my attitude, approach and focus to get back on track?
• What mindset should I have to stay on track?

3. Put It Into Practice and The Game

After you decide what adjustments you must make, go out and do it! While hockey players get breaks between their three periods and basketball players have 4 quarters for a rest and soccer players get 15-minutes between halves, you have to decide when you’re breaks are going to be. Schedule a time-out to regroup, review the critical moments of your journey and refocus your attention on your adjustments.

8 Common Goal Setting Mistakes: Achieving Your Dreams the Right Way

Goal SettingWhen it is obvious that goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps. – Confucius.

When you’re set a goal, you often start out strong, making great strides towards completing what you set out to achieve. But then overtime, things unravel. You don’t get as far as you had hoped and you become discouraged. Before you know it, the goals have become unclear and your vision has been lost. This is a common mistake with goal setting that results in incomplete attempts at something. Let’s look at some of the common mistakes people make when setting goals so that you won’t make them yourself! Read More →

How to Develop Long-Term Focus: Staying Motivated to Achieve Distant Goals

long termThe reason that we have long-term goals is because they keep us focused and motivated even when we experience short-term setbacks and failures.

For example, we have medical researchers who work tiresome long hours, experience incredibly frustrating failures and perform tedious work. But they never give up on their commitment to their long-term success.

Because of their long-term mindset, they have been able to provide the world with lifesaving medications, cures to diseases and make great progress in chronic diseases.

People who commit to their long-term goals make much greater progress than people who only focus on the short-term rewards and success. Don’t ever give up on your goals just because of the time commitment because the time is going to pass regardless. Here’s how to develop your long-term focus and commitment to distant goals.

Defining Focus: Focus you’re your ability to center your energy, attention and time on a specific activity or objective for a significant length of time.

Short-term goals are often easier to achieve because you have immediate results and rewards. This keeps your motivation strong and your concentration on your tasks. However, the short-term goals don’t give you direction for the upcoming months or years. This could result in becoming easily distracted and losing your focus. The ability to focus will make it possible for you to hone-in on your long-term vision. Read More →

5 Rules to Set Successful Goals

successful goalsWithout much warning, January is almost over. It seems every December we find ourselves saying: “I can’t believe the year is over already” and reflecting on what we have and have not accomplished.

However, the beginning of a new year has a way of feeling like a new opportunity. It’s a new chapter in our book of life waiting to be written. But how do we guarantee that we will fill the blank pages of the year with if we do not have goals? We can get help writing our story by setting successful goals.

If you want to succeed, you need to set successful goals that will give you direction, focus and motivation. Goals also provide a benchmark for tracking and determining progress. Here’s how you set successful goals: Read More →