What is your Personal Motivator?

In today’s session I will talk about how you can find your motivators, the things that motivate you to move out of your comfort zone and into doing what you set out to do.

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Learn to look into your past and what helped you then. Look for the pattern that is repeated and what it does for you…



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How to bring out The BEST in People

Whether you’re in a small team, a large organization, or a family, you will need a lot of motivation to get things done and achieve a certain level of success.  But motivation can be a tricky thing – while it’s not complicated, it certainly is not something that a lot of people have automatic understanding for.  If you are in the job of getting others excited and inspired, here are tips on how to motivate people and bring out the best in them:

  1. Find the current level of motivation of the person you wish to motivate

Each person, whether it’s an employee, a co-worker, a team member or a family member, has some amount of motivation in him.  Try to identify this level.  What makes them tick?  What do they find exciting, interesting or worthwhile?  What are their goals?  How do they hope to achieve them?

Do not try to approach the challenge in a generic way because you will be met with a lack of enthusiasm or even resistance.  Use a personalized approach if you want to motivate an individual.  With a group, look for a common denominator – a common goal or interest – that you can use to motivate them and get them to perform.

  1. See things from their point of view.

It’s easy to explain things based on what you perceive.  But what about what others see, think or feel?  Each time you present an idea or concept to the person you want to motivate, ask them for their opinions and listen to what they have to say.  You can then usen the information obtained to create a motivational plan that has real appeal to them.

  1. Use positive reinforcement

Between pleasure and pain, people will always choose pleasure.  Try to steer away from using negative motivational tactics such as fear or threats.  These could work initially but they are not very effective for motivating people over a long term.  Besides, using negative reinforcements might result to a feeling of annoyance, anger or exasperation.  If not corrected early, this could even lead to aggression and rebellion which we don’t want in any setting.

Use rewards instead.  To motivate people, give recognition, acknowledgment, gratitude, even gifts or citations.  People want to know that you notice their efforts.  Didn’t you say you expected the best?  When someone has risen to that level of excellence, give them the recognition they deserve.  You’ll be surprised at how effective this technique is in keeping people motivated.

Show and do, don’t tell.

If you want to know how to effectively motivate people, show them through example.  What sort of behavior do you expect from them?  Why not show them by doing it yourself?  They will be more willing to believe than if you just lecture and never show.

Don’t push – pull

It is said that you can’t lead a horse to water.  When you’re trying to motivate people check once in a while to see if their willingness is still there.  There is a point in every endeavor when you begin to meet with resistance.  This could happen for a number of reasons, including boredom, distraction, discovery of other more interesting things or just simply lack of interest.  It could also be that your motivational efforts have reached a plateau.

Should this happen, learn to let up, step back and if necessary, let go.  People will be more motivated if they don’t feel pressured.  If you sense resistance, stop and check for identifiable factors that might have created the resitance.  Once you have found them, create a different approach.

Copyright 2011 Barbara Hofmeister.

Set SMART Goals + achieve them!

Before I get into this I want to wish you a HAPPY, PROSPEROUS, HEALTHY, JOYFUL, ABUNDANT 2011!

Today is the day to make sure that 2011 is going to be your best year ever. Are you ready? Have you create your vision for this new year? That is where it all begins. If you can’t imagine it, it cannot happen. So before you can go into setting goals or anything practical like that, YOU MUST BE CRYSTAL CLEAR ON THE WHAT AND WHY. You must have your vision in place!

Michael Gerber, the author of the all times Bestseller “The E-Myth” says it in one sentence:

Ask WHAT and WHY not HOW and WHEN

I speak with way too many people who are not clear on what they want and why they want it. We have been discussing this over and over again and shall do so in the future as this is where manifesting, where creation starts.

There are way too many people who think that the “big dreams” are not for them; that they must be “realistic”. They admire it when others live them but cannot imagine them for themselves. Why not? I give you permission to be big enough, good enough, powerful enough to make it happen and today we will start breaking your vision down into SMART goals so that you will be able to take the necessary action steps to actually achieve them.

I just read the following on “Finer Minds” and must share it with you as it explains clearly what I mean:
“Realism is nothing more than a socially acceptable form of pessimism. The people with the most consistent track record of success don’t think in terms of what is. They think in terms of what could be”

Start thinking in terms of what could be. The good things are not only for others; they are for you too and 2011 is the year that you can manifest that – if you so choose!

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How to save precious Time

There seems never enough time…

There seems never enough time to get everything done.

But in order to really live our dreams we need to take the action steps that are necessary to get us there.

So for today a very simple tips you can use right now to get 2 hours worth of work done in 30 minutes.

This is going to sound really simple, but give it a try and see what happens.


Here is the trick:  Set a deadline

Sounds too easy?

Most things in life are easy but we complicate them. Just remember the day before you go on vacation. Isn’t it true that you get triple done on that last day?

Tell yourself you only have 30 minutes to get your task done. Once you do, your brain takes over and finds a way to compress the time it used to take and get the job done.

Whenever my work gets too much for me I use this technique … and it really works.

Psychologists call this the “time compression phenomenon.”  No one knows why it works, but it does. Give it a try and do it today! There is no better time than the present.

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Start the Year with a Vision

We are getting to the end of the year – of yet another year.

How will the new year, the coming year be for you?

Have you taken time out to reflect on what worked and what you could do better next time around. Have you reflected on the past year and have you created a vision for your future?

I  am very serious about this because…

You can’t attract what you want until you know what you want and
the more specific you are the better it will work.

I have said this many times before but you need to be crystal clear on your
target and VERY specific!

What is your BIG picture? What is your Dream?

Be precise and as detailled as you can and write your vision down in every little detail so you can read it every day until it becomes your reality.

Once that is done ask yourself what the first step toward achieving that vision is and write that down too. Start always with the end result in mind and work yourself backwards to today. The closer you get to the now, the smaller the steps need to become until each step is just a small action that is fairly easy to take IF you have made the commitment to really get there.

We will talk more about that tomorrow

Accountability forces you to succeed

Another reason for failing is lack of accountability. Did you know that we get up to 8 times more done when we are accountable? We seem to rise up to the occasion and get that little extra out of ourselves. The easiest way to demonstrate that is with physical exercise. If we do them alone, we usually find plenty of reasons (excuses) to do less than we had planned to but when there is someone else who holds us accountable, who supports and encourages us, we will run that extra mile even if when we think we can’t take another step.

Isn’t it ironical that that last mile is what gets you the best results? As in the gym where the last reps help you grow the most in terms of muscle growth and strength, it is the same with achieving your goals. So when you have a big goal, a dream, get yourself someone who will hold you accountable. Make sure it is someone who also has big goals, someone that is supportive of you and your ideas and has some of their own.

But accountability also means being “strict” with each other about keeping the commitments. With strict I mean with great integrity. You’ll have to agree on the rewards and punishments which you give yourself depending whether you do your daily, weekly, and monthly tasks. It goes without saying that if you cheat, you will only cheat yourself. It makes no real difference to anybody else.

Be aware not to take on too much. When I first used an accountability partner, I gave her a list an arm long just with my daily and weekly tasks. To complete them on a regular basis was only wishful thinking and far from reality which got both of us pretty frustrated. Therefore set daily and weekly goals that are achievable and a stretch. It is important to find a good balance – not too easy and not too overwhelming.  Now I have 5 daily to do things, 2 that I do 5 times a week and 5 that I do weekly. That is more than enough and on some days a great challenge in itself.

When you are really serious with your accountability than make both – you and your accountability partner – responsible for achieving each others goals which means when you fail, the other person also has to accept the rewards and punishment of their partner i.e. do 50 push ups when the partner has failed to complete their tasks of the day.  For me that works great and gets me some physical exercise 🙂