Seven Steps to Achievement


Over the years, behavioral scientists have observed that some people have an intense need to achieve, while others do not seem to be as concerned about achievement.

This phenomenon fascinated David C. McClelland. For over twenty years, he and his associates at Harvard University studied this urge to achieve and developed the needs-based motivational model, which consists of three motivational forces.

The following is an explanation of one of the motivational forces—the ‘need for achievement’—as found in his book The Achieving Society.

The Need for Achievement
A person who is ‘achievement motivated’ seeks achievement, attainment of realistic but challenging goals, and advancement in the job. There is a strong need for feedback as to achievement and progress, and a need for a sense of accomplishment.

Seven Steps to Achievement
A determined, results-driven approach is almost invariably present in the character make-up of all successful business people and entrepreneurs.

Achievement-motivated people share these seven characteristics and attitudes:

  1. Achievement is more important than material or financial reward.

  2. Achieving the aim or task gives greater personal satisfaction than receiving praise or recognition.

  3. Financial reward is regarded as a measurement of success, not an end in itself.

  4. Security is not the prime motivator, or is status.

  5. Reliable and factual feedback is essential because it enables measurement of success—not for reasons of praise or recognition.

  6. Achievement-motivated people constantly seek improvements and ways of doing things better.

  7. Achievement-motivated people will logically favor jobs—like sales, business management, and entrepreneurial roles—along with responsibilities that offer flexibility and opportunity that naturally satisfy their needs to set and achieve goals.

How to Use This
View your challenges and obstacles as an opportunity for you to achieve your goals. Find ways to problem solve. Stop worrying what everyone will think of you. Let go of needing all of the control. Stay centered by believing you have everything it takes to find solutions and move forward.

Action Steps

  • Don’t sacrifice your own goals to keep someone else happy.

  • Don’t stay stuck in your comfort zone. Get out of there and reach your full potential.

  • Don’t be afraid of failing.

  • Don’t wait for everything to be perfect before you begin—just begin.

  • Don’t waste time. Get organized and prioritize.

  • Don’t block out other people. Let them help you achieve your goals.

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2 Things to Do First

Are you having trouble staying motivated? If you answered yes, why it that? Some people feel it's because the task feels too daunting. Maybe it's way out of your comfort zone. Perhaps you're too overwhelmed with all the other stuff you already have on your plate.

Well, there are really two reasons why it's hard to stay motivated: 
#1 Unless you see what you want as a must — and not a should — you lose motivation.
#2 Unless you take action — on what it is you're wanting to accomplish — you lose motivation.

To focus on #1, it means that to stay motivated, pick out what you MUST change, and start there. If you hear yourself say, "I should look for another job!", that doesn't work. But, when you absolutely know — without any hesitation that it's time to get another job — will you find the motivation to make it happen.

To focus on #2, it means that once you find your MUST, you have to take immediate action. Action is where you get your power. Action is what creates motivation.

Every coaching client I work with always wishes I had a magic wand that I could wave over them and magically make them more motivated. But, I promise, if you can internalize how to use my two ways to get and stay motivated, you will change and grow and accomplish what it is you want to accomplish.

If you need anything, just email me. I'm always here to help. ⚅⚄

Push Yourself

Today I'm pushing you. I'm pushing you to get excited. I want you to get excited about something. Anything. The point it, get excited! Need some examples? 

Instead of driving straight home from work, stop for 10 minutes at the park and listen to a couple great songs on the radio. Instead of buying exactly what's on your grocery list, throw in your cart that one item you only treat yourself to at the holidays. Instead of starting dinner as soon as you get home, sit down for 10 minutes and enjoy a mug of delicious sweet tea.

When you are excited about something, it raises your energy and your motivation. It's kind of the same thing as when you're in a hurry to pick up the front room because your best friend just called and he's coming over in 20 minutes. (Boy, you can pick up stuff fast. Right?) That's because you're excited!

See, getting excited about your life is really what you could say is the same thing as passion. It's you deciding that you're going to see you — and your life — as valuable and important. In other words, your life matters.

Deciding to get excited about 'you' is easy when you have a truck full of self-love. In other words, you believe YOU matter. But, when you lack self-love, you tend to dismiss or ignore what you need to be happy and excited about your life.

You'll do for others more than you'll for yourself. You'll buy your sister her favorite perfume and not get yourself some. You'll sit and listen to someone blab negative crap for one hour straight and not interrupt because you want to be nice. You'll immediately start dinner on an evening you're really upset and could use 15 minutes to yourself to sort stuff out. 

Bottom line: Don't leave yourself out of your own life. Push yourself to get excited about something. Really value who you are and what you need. Show the universe that you do have self-love. So, go make this happen!

If you need anything, just email me. I'm always here to help. ⚅⚄


A Difficult Answer

I want to comment on something I've been seeing lately. Seems the people I have come across are reaching, asking, thinking, and growing. By this I mean, they've dug down deep in their heart and soul, took the time to think about their life, and decided to make some serious changes. 

It takes great courage to do this because (for most of us) having the time and energy to do — beyond what you already do — is sometimes impossible. With work, family, and everyday stressors, you can end up giving up on a dream.

Feeling stuck is what you feel when life's drama keeps you from your dream(s).

So this brings me to (without a doubt) the #1 question I get asked. I get this question from my coaching clients, when I'm waiting in line to order a mocha, or doing a live interview. (And, between you and me, I almost want to dodge the question because most people don't like my answer and think I simply sound fluffy.) 

So. The #1 question I get asked is, "How do you get unstuck?"

Here are 4 secrets to getting unstuck:
🔸 You must have the self-belief that you can do what it is you want to do
🔸 You must have the self-belief that you deserve it and allow yourself to have it
🔸 You must trust that after you make a decision to do something that it will happen
🔸 You must stick with it until what you want to happen does happen

Keep up all your hard work. You will gain ground. You are achieving. 

If you need anything, just email me. I'm always here to help. ⚅⚄