Archive for the ‘Motivation’ Category

Creating your own luck

Does it seem to you that some people are just luckier than others? Is that just the way of the world, or do “lucky” people know something the rest of us don’t?

In his new book, The Luck Factor (Miramax), Richard Wiseman says practicing these skills will help you to be a more fortunate person:
Watch for chance opportunities. There is a certain randomness in luck. When good things seem to come out of nowhere, lucky people notice opportunities, and do what they can to act on them. You can too.

Trust your own judgment. Your hunches are usually right. When interviewing “lucky” people, Wiseman asked why they made a certain choice. They often said they “just knew” it was right.

Expect good things to happen. Positive expectations are self-fulfilling. When you believe that good things will happen, it’s more likely that they will. If you predict doom and defeat for yourself, that’s probably what you’ll have.

Stay positive, and look on the bright side. Sometimes it’s possible to turn bad luck into good luck. A person who lost a job decides to do another kind of work that is more satisfying.

But lucky people are quick to let go when a situation doesn’t work out. They know when to move on.

Creating your own happiness

There are often times when you may feel unhappy or dissatisfied with your life. These feelings tend to be magnified beyond what’s real and you can wind up losing sight of the good things in your life.

Like the Sheryl Crow song says, “Its not getting what you want, it’s wanting what you’ve got.”

You can create your own happiness and it’s not difficult to do. Most people are very lucky in their lives, despite bad things that may happen from time to time. Use these techniques to create your happiness:

* Practice gratitude. Recording what you are thankful for can make you feel pretty happy. Start by feeling lucky to be living in the developed world.

*Focus on what’s right about your life. You have a job and people who care about you, to begin with. You’ll realize that plenty of other things are right if you think about that.

*Don’t plan so many things. When you can see happy times coming, times that you will be able to enjoy, you are likely to feel joyful.

*Revel in moments of pleasure. Learn to pick out special moments and savor them. Promise yourself that you will remember them.

* Spend more time with friends and family. Good relationships with friends and family will make you feel lucky to be alive.

*Be thoughtful and kind. Acts of kindness can help make you feel good. A study by the University of Virginia shows that even witnessing acts of loyalty, kindness, or heroism elevate mood and increase the desire to do good deeds. When you see someone who needs help, you can feel lucky that you are able to provide it.

Visualization techniques for success

Visualization is a common tactic in the world of sports. When Tiger Woods is taking a long look at a putt, then stepping back for another, he’s not just looking. He’s visualizing how he’ll make the putt.

It’s often called self-actualization, painting a picture in your mind of how you will perform a sports move or a sales call. When you visualize how you will do it and how it will turn out, chances are that your vision will come true. It’s not voodoo or wishful thinking, it’s skill and preparation coming together in the way you want them to.

Making a sales presentation before an important group can be a high-stress event. Or it can turn out just as you visualize yourself performing. You will be prepared, confident, and able to answer all questions and objections.

What’s more, you’ll be having fun, cruising along and connecting with your audience the way you always knew you could, the way you visualized you would.

In their minds, Olympic divers visualize each dive dozens of times before doing it. Quarterbacks envision a long pass arching toward a receiver downfield. These pros know that their chances of succeeding are far greater if they can “see” their success

Personal Satisfaction The Best Motivator

What motivates a person to do a good job? Or to go the extra mile for no extra pay? John Katzenbach author of Why Pride Matters More Than Money, takes a look at what does and does not motivate employees. He combines 40 years of experience with hundreds of interviews to develop his views on successful motivation.

Team-building junkets don’t work, nor do positive-attitude lapel buttons. People do value the chance to earn a good living, but Katzenbach says they thrive when they find personal satisfaction in their work. In other words, the best motivator is pride, not pay. Successful motivation requires careful thinking about how to encourage people to accomplish things that make a difference, and how to tailor incentives to individuals.

The motivational culture must begin with the frontline worker. A recent study done for a professional services firm asked employees to rate the importance of various factors to their job satisfaction. Then they asked managers to predict employee responses. These bosses greatly underestimated the effect of a lack of challenging work and recognition.

Take these examples under consideration when taking steps to improve motivation in your own department. If you haven’t been recognizing people and promoting their pride in work, it’s not too late to change. Think about it now.

Failure and Success

In the business world they call the people who dare to take risks ‘entrepreneurs’. They are the ones that believe in opportunities—that aren’t afraid to fail once, or twice, or even 10 times. They try again and again until they succeed.

Often, when they reach success, the rest of the world recognizes them and announces their ‘overnight’ glory. Fortunately, the entrepreneurs and those around them know better. They’ve experienced the struggle and the uncertainty during the times of trying, so they can appreciate the victory for what it’s really worth. They’ve managed to pick themselves up after each failure and try again. They do not allow failure to interfere with their dreams.

To find success and fulfill a dream, it’s important to acknowledge that failing is a part of trying. If you are afraid to fail then you’re afraid to try. In fact, it’s more constructive to look at failure as a setback, not finality. The only true failure is when you give up.