Set S.M.A.R.T.E.R Goals – Goal Setting Theory

Goals are important road map on our life journey. They are the performance boosters, and people with right goals become more successful than those having no goals. They are not only more successful but also happier in life. Scientific study has proven that achieving goals releases a neurotransmitter called dopamine which creates the happy feelings.   Properly set goals help us keep focused on right areas while not worrying about lesser important things. Goals are our guiding light without which we can drift and wander. If you have let yourself not to explore the tremendous utilities of goals then start setting goals for yourself today.

One common problem people face in setting goals is that they do not know for what areas of the lives should they have goals? Many tend to think and set goals for their career or finances only.  But the career is not the sole important area in our lives; there are other important areas as well. Identify your life priorities and set goals for all the identified areas. Top Achievement, a personal development community, recommends setting goals for following areas of our lives – Continue reading

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Managing Ego: Know the difference between Ego and Self-respect

In an earlier post, I have written about importance of opening self to the criticism. One of the biggest hurdles for us to accept any criticism is our ego. What is Ego? Ego is our false-self; it is a cover up for our insecurities. Ego leads us to reject other’s opinions which is counter productive for our development. Ego closes our mind and obstructs our vision so that we cannot see anything other than the ideas of our own. Deepak Chopra, a well known spiritual leader, has written – “The ego relies on the familiar. It is reluctant to experience the unknown, which is the very essence of life.”

One big challenge in managing ego is not to hurt our self respect (or self esteem). There is a fine line between Ego and self respect. And there is always a risk of hurting our self respect if we try to restrain the ego. It is for this reason, it is important to understand the difference between the Ego and self respect.  The very basic difference is – ego is negative and counter productive while self respect is positive and sign of confidence. Continue reading

Have you opened yourself to CRTICISM? If not then do it TODAY.

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‘Criticism may not be agreeable, but it is necessary. It fulfills the same function as pain in the human body. It calls attention to an unhealthy state of things.” ~ Winston Churchill

I have seldom found people, who are open to criticism; who like to be criticized. We all become defensive and go into a denial shell once someone tries to criticize us. This perhaps is human instinct – to defend ourselves at any cost. We have picked up this instinct while living in Stone Age, surrounded by all those dangerous beasts and animals, and even today we persist with our defense. But the greatest mistake we can commit in our lives is not to open ourselves to criticism. Criticism is like that bitter pill which no one likes to eat but it cures us from our ills.

Someone told me a long time back – ‘only the LUCKIEST of us get the correct feedback on time. But only the SMARTEST of us appreciate the important of the feedback’. Not all feedbacks are positive; in fact they are more often negative and negative feedbacks are ‘criticism’. Now please read the text in bold again. If you are getting criticized and the criticism is true then you are one of those lucky ones. But question is are you also smart enough to appreciate it?   Continue reading

5 Ways to keep you motivated in Global Economy Recession

This is the time of Global Economy Recession and chances are that your company is just like mine. The global economy recession has an impact on most of the organizations and their employees. There are few hikes or promotions and deep cuts to employee benefit. Picture is not rosy outside of your organization due to a dismal job market. As an employee, it is very difficult time to keep ourselves motivated in the “no growth” climate. The conventional motivational theories won’t work in these extra ordinary times and employees need to find new ways to motivate themselves. Even supervisors and managers need to look at new ways to mitigate global economy recession impact and inspire the staff.
I have found following five ways to keep ourselves motivated in global economy recession.
1. Let go that Emotional Baggage

Do not blame yourself for current situation. There is nothing wrong with you or your capabilities. You might have experienced a minor or major career set back – but do not hold yourself down with guilt. Be a person with healthy, productive and latest career plans rather than someone who is weighed down by career setbacks. The current global economy recession is more powerful than any one individual. Holding on to negative emotions can hinder your clear thinking and making new sets of goals. Continue reading