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Why is goal setting important (Part V)

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  • it makes you accountable

Having goals makes you accountable. I am an “expert” in talking about things without taking action =). But if I have a goal I am accountable to myself to take action.

For example my Blog: I set myself a goal how many articles I want to write each week. This goal helps me to really make time for it and prioritize it over many other things. There are always so many other things I could do. But this goal helps me to avoid time wasters.

??? What are your “time wasters”?

??? What is your next goal???

Would be nice if you tell me about your time wasters and your next goal! This makes you accountable =)

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How to discover your dream

Did you think already of some childhood memories, of some childhood dreams?

Did your dream or some of your dreams come true already? If yes, why? If no, why not?

What could block your dreams?

For example fear, living someone elses dream, chasing money or prestige, laziness, habitualness, excuses (no time, too old, no money, etc.). I am sure you come up with many more dream “blockers”. What did block YOUR dreams so far?

????Ask yourself this question????

If money and time wouldn’t be an issue: what would your life look like, what would your dream job look like?

What action steps could you take right now?

Think about the following:

 What are your dreams?
Decide, that you want to uncover your dreams, that you want to live a life full of purpose and doing something you love.
Start noticing the things that excite you.

 What lights you up?
What interests you? What do you read? What are the things that you are naturally drawn to? About what topics can you talk for hours and hours? What activities make you feel energized?

 What makes your life too busy?
Many people don’t know much about their passions because they are too busy. If your life is too busy with work, family, chores, obligations or endless to do lists you will have difficulties finding the time to explore your passions.

Some people struggle to work it out for themselves. They find it helpful to work on these questions with a life coach. If you need help in this I would be happy to be your coach! Just ask!

No matter how you do it – by youself or with a life coach: Do it!

My experience:

During the last years I always talked about this topic with my sister! We are both interested in finding out our passion, personality, our dreams. She is a great help for me and we both ask each other questions about our life. It helps me a lot not to work it out by myself but having a person who asks me the right questions.

The last year I also had a life caoch who helped me to think about different aspects of reaching my dreams.

I would be happy to hear from you. What action steps did you take already to reach your dreams?

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Strength (Part II)

  • Strength (Part II)

When you are working within your strengths you are most likely experiencing “flow”. What is “flow”?

“Csíkszentmihályi describes his theory that people are happiest when they are in a state of flow— a state of concentration or complete absorption with the activity at hand and the situation. It is a state in which people are so involved in an activity that nothing else seems to matter (Csíkszentmihályi, 1990)(Wikipedia).

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The flow state is an optimal state of intrinsic motivation, where the person is fully immersed in what he is doing. This is a feeling everyone has at times, characterized by a feeling of great absorption, engagement, fulfillment, and skill—and during which temporal concerns (time, food, ego-self, etc.) are typically ignored” (Csikszentmihalyi, M. (1990). Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience. New York: Harper and Row).

What about yourself? Do you know your strengths?

I myself did a few different personality – strength tests – actually since I was 28 until now.

But – what do you do if you know your strengths? Its not enough just to know what you are good at and just to name your strengths. It’s important that you develop them, that means to develop yourself – to full capacity.

And this takes a lot of time, intenteniol effort, and probably the support of others.

Strength= Talent x Knowledge x Investment (Training)

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Strength (Part I)

  • What is a “strength”?

It`s a “capacity for feeling, thinking, and behaving in a way that allows optimal functioning in the pursuit of valued outcomes” (Lopes and Snyder, 2007).

This means, that strengths can include aspects of personality, character, talent, relational tendency, and academic skills.

But strengths are more than just capacities.

Marcus Buckingham (2007) describes strenths as: “those activities that make you feel strong.”

Your strengths show in which areas you are good at but they are even a stronger indication of what gives you energy and to what you will tend to put in extra effort.

Strength= Talent x Knowledge x Investment (Training)

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