How to Motivate Yourself and Your Staff to Get RESULTS
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How to Motivate Yourself and Your Staff to Get RESULTS

An organized strategy of recording personal successes can contribute toward increased self-productivity and bolster career advancement. When you can include your staff in this as well, then you will really be going places.

Using an achievement list to accomplish objectives

Ironically, some managers are over-modest about their successes, and thus effectively shoot themselves in the foot. In fact though, a strategy of recording personal successes can contribute toward increased self-productivity and bolster career advancement. With this in mind, the compilation of a Personal Achievement List ("PAL") which can have a considerable impact on ANY manager's career:

1. How to go about this?

Surprisingly. There are many managers in our midst who consider themselves to be just moderate achievers. Just how this happens is easy to understand: They are so "in the groove" of their daily routine that everything has become 'normalized'. It would take an outsider to recognize that what is being done is extraordinary.

If a manager recognizes the foregoing, then the way to deal with this, is to look back at past achievements more positively to motivate himself/herself to greater heights. Once this has been acknowledged, then strive to even greater success.

2. Are YOU achievement motivated? Check here

  • Are you self-motivated
  • Do you really want to accomplish something worthwhile
  • Do you like to set your own goals
  • Are you "doing your own thing" or being told what to do
  • Are you goals wimpish or unchallenging
  • Do you enjoy feedback – positive or negative
  • Will you claim the responsibility for your achievements

3. Build up your personal achievements list ("PAL")

If you look back, you may well be surprised (and pleased) to realize that your past achievements are significant. So, it is a good idea to keep a list of your successes (on a spreadsheet), delineating:

  • Awards
  • Articles written (such a Factoidz etc)
  • Talks given
  • Papers written
  • Books read
  • Promotions
  • Qualifications
  • Workshops attended etc

4. How to use your "PAL"

If you follow the foregoing routine, the practicalities and benefits will soon kick in and you will derive these benefits:

For measuring progress: The benefits of seeing your achievements all in one place are immeasurable. But to have them in chronological order order helps you to determine, very clearly, if you are making the kind of professional progress you have in mind for yourself. But double check this – do your past successes support your goals? Or do they simply consume time and energy?

The attention-getter:  With your success profile at your fingertips, you will be well placed to promote yourself at interviews and meetings

 Document Backup: The previously tedious process of putting together your résumé can now be refined and streamlined

 Personal motivation: Those who plan their success have a successful mindset

5. Now kick off your projected achievement list

With the act of recording all your achievements to date in writing, you have now reached a stage when you can look at projecting your future achievements. But beware, make sure that you list the ones that are realistic, and record them month-by-month, and in support your overall goals. Bear in mind though, this is a "living document" requiring continual revision.

6. Accelerate to your FULL Potential

  • Those who are successful have goals
  • Those who have goals succeed, those who succeed have goals
  • It is not how much you know, but what you want to get done
  • AIM HIGH – the ones who fail don't aim

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Comments (9)

Nice tips that will help me in future

Thanks Deepak

well done

Thanks Carol - have good 2011


Good article,thanks.

Thanks both Bethany and Genicuta-Andreea for your kind words

I wish my boss could read this!

Thanks for your comment Christine - perhaps you should print it out and leave it, by mistake :-) where he can read it....