Motivation and Goals
As an Organizational Psychology major, I often hear about motivation and goal-setting in class. Without either, we are simply task-doers lacking the ability to efficiently achieve our goals. With clearly defined goals and a timeline in which to achieve them, the possibility of success is much greater. The widely used acronym in business is SMART goals:
S – specific
M – measurable
A – attainable
R – result-oriented
T – time-bound
As in any scientific experiment, one must have a method. The method for goal-achievement involves the above characteristics. Clarifying your goals allows you to break them down, time them, and ensure they are attainable. This allows you to stay on track.
Regarding motivation — you cannot achieve your goals if you’re not motivated to do so. So, think about what motivates you or get some inspiration from others. I find TED talks to be amazing and inspiring.
If you have some time, there is a great, relatively-short eBook available on the CLIO (Columbia University Online Catalog) site:
Author: Jim Cairo
Publisher: Career Press, 1998
Simply click “eBook Full Text” on the left portion of the screen to access the entire eBook