On the theme of motivation and using descriptive words, author and coach Martha Beck had some good insights on how we should be setting our goals. She talks about setting goals not by using nouns and verbs (i.e. I want to start my own business and have it succeed ) but by using adjectives ( I want my business success to produce feelings of contentment, freedom, empowerment.) What do you want as a result? Work to create imagined experiences rather than imagined situations. So for example, you may get a successful business but not the experience you were hoping for – instead you’re stressed and over-extended. By using adjectives, you focus all your efforts on the quality of the experience you want to create. Yes, it does take more effort than standard goal setting but you’ll reap the rewards. Here’s a summary of the four step process:
¨ Step One – Pick a goal
¨ Step Two – Gaze into the future and create a fantasy about it
¨ Step Three – Generate three adjectives – list words that describe how you feel in the fantasy
¨ Step Four- Focus on anything that can be described with your adjectives – drop the fantasy and focus on those three words –in what aspect of your present life can you feel those and put your attention there.Sound like a helpful approach? You can read the full article here http://www.oprah.com/spirit/Goal-Setting-Strategies-from-Life-Coach-Martha-Beck
A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to do some career coaching at an event sponsored by The Guardian newspaper for people wanting to change industry or sector. I met with several people who were looking to transition out of the public sector and into the private one, understandable in this current economic climate. The first step in this kind of a shift is self assessment. Once you have a good understanding of what you bring to the table, you can then work on how best to market your skills and achievements to the private sector and be better prepared to craft a compelling CV. Before your first private industry interview, think about how you want to be remembered ? Come up with the three adjectives you'd like the interviewer to use when they decribe you to other people in the hiring process. Once you have these in the back of your mind you'll find they naturally seem to come through in your interview answers. If you or someone you know is making this type of transition here is an article that may help http://careers.guardian.co.uk/careers-blog/sectors-industry-roles-public-sector
To borrow Michael's phrase, I hope these ideas will create some fun, some inspiration and some action for you this month.