Sunday, April 8, 2012

Are You Maximizing Your Moments of Opportunity?


In his book, The One Thing You Need to Know...About Great Managing, Great Leading, and Sustained Individual Success, Marcus Buckingham states, “Like the basketball player, the leader knows that, although many shots will miss the target, he must keep shooting nonetheless. Every shot, hit or miss, will teach him something about himself, his situation, his team, and his competitors, all of which should lead to a better more focused shot the next time around. The effective leader knows he’ll miss 100 percent of shots he never takes.” He further states, “Action brings clarity. It clarifies the direction you are taking and the expected outcome.”


Are you missing out on opportunities in life to create and experience greater success in life because you’re allowing fear, uncertainty and doubt (FUD) to rob you of taking shots in life towards your goals? According to a recent survey conducted by AARP, one of the regrets that many individuals have at the end of their life is “the failure to have the courage to live the life they wanted to live.” You have this opportunity to ensure that at the end of your life you’ve done all that you were capable of doing to live your life to its fullest. The first step in making this happen is gaining the clarity about what it is that you want to experience in life. This is fundamental. Once you reach a state of clarity about what you want in life, creating a plan and implementing deliberate actions towards specific outcomes becomes the next logical action to take.

 What Determines Our Actions Towards Our Goals?


A commitment on your part to executing a plan of action will be effected by your level of self-efficacy or self-assurance. Self-efficacy is a combination of self-confidence, optimism, positivity and feelings of being in control of outcomes linked to your actions.  According to Buckingham, “Self-efficacy predicts how quickly you will bounce back from failure at the activity.” It also determines he says, “…the likelihood you will actually achieve these goals.” When it comes to performance and goal-achievement, Buckingham states, “self-efficacy is one of the most powerful mental states.”


According to research by Albert Bandura, past president of the American Psychological Association, “how well you face a new challenge is determined by your ability to transfer self-efficacy from one activity to another.” Buckingham states, “The best way to do this is to look deliberately for similarities between the new challenge and previous challenge where you have succeeded in the past.” In my new book Success Becomes You Goal Achievement Workbook: Exercises, Self-Tests and Winning Strategies to Help You Achieve Life and Career Goals, I provide a step-by-step guide that builds on your successes to increase your self-efficacy.  I found that when I pursued goals that allowed me to use what I already knew I was much more likely to maintain a high level of interest, enthusiasm and commitment towards them. It is my personal belief that it is important for us to have goals that challenge us to rise up to our potential while at the same time they need to be realistic enough so that we remain committed to achieving our desired outcomes.


We Can Live Without Regret


All of us want to feel that we have contributed our best in life. We seek meaning and purpose in all aspects of our life. Taking an inside-out approach to goal setting and goal achievements in life ensures that the experiences we create from our efforts reflect what is most meaningful to living our life without regrets. Developing and sustaining self-assurance in your abilities is a process that you can successfully engage with the help of the exercises, self-tests and winning strategies outlined in my book. You can improve your level of confidence and increase the number of shots you take to maximize the moments of opportunity in your life.


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