Sunday, November 9, 2008

Pursuit of Excellence and Success

Bonnie St. John Deane

Winner in Disabled Olympics, Harvard and Oxford Degree holder, White House Official on National Economic Council

Who or what motivates you?

Her answer: "I motivate me."

Her method: Five step exercise.

Five steps

1.What are your payoffs? List down the benefits or rewards from achieving or completing the task.

2. Find deeper meaning in your goals. Find compelling reasons for completing your goal.

3. Get your dreams at half price. Find more goals which can be reached with the work that you are putting in for reaching this goal. Work with a friend. Develop a plan to achieve the goal efficiently with less cost.

4. Stop underestimating your odds for success: Underestimating your odds to succeed can stop you dead in your tracks. Believe in your success till the end of the task.

Err on the side of optimism. Spend less time with people who discourage you on the task or goal. But don't just believe in positive thinking. Investigate the odds, have a real confidence that they are within your teach and always work on improving the odds.

5. Change your real odds or winning or improving odds: Learn from people who have succeeded in reaching the goal before.

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