Goal Setting and Workplace Motivation

1. Keeping Your Promises to Yourself

It’s that time of the year when we take out gym memberships,

fire up the theme from “Rocky,” and then turn on the T.V.

because there’s a 24-hour Three’s Company marathon playing.

Sadly, most New Year’s resolutions go in one year and out the

other. According to research by British professor Richard

Wiseman (and hey, he’s a wise man, so he most know of what he

speaks), people have been led astray by too many self-help books

that suggest all it takes is will power, dwelling on bad things

that will happen if you don’t achieve your goal, and fantasizing

about success. His studies have found that there is no SECRET

shortcut to success. Those people that successfully achieve their

resolutions do the following: they break the goal into smaller

steps; they reward themselves at each stage; they chart their

progress; they tell friends about what they were trying to

achieve; they remind themselves of the benefits of achieving

their goal. Sounds like a good recipe for workplace motivation

as well. Of course, I would also add the icing to the top of the

recipe: what’s fun, tends to get done!

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2. Mike’s Fun at Work Tip

Creating a team video is a great way to laugh and spark creativity.

So we’re launching a contest for a free Humor at Work workshop and

a Humor at Work office library. All you have to do is get your team

together and create a fun video, no more than one minute long,

showing why your workplace deserves or is in desperate need of a

humor in the workplace or inspiring workplaces workshop by one of Canada’s

most sought after speakers (that would be me). Send us

the link to where we can watch your video, and our esteemed panel

of judges will make the selection. The contest closes February

19th, and the winner will be announced March 1, 2010. For complete

details, follow the link: http://tiny.cc/0Iu6e

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3. Deep Thought of the Week

“My resolution is to stop procrastinating. I’m starting in early

February.” Anonymous

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4. It’s a Wacky, Wacky World

As seen on a sign at a tourist site: BOTTOMLESS PIT. 65 FEET DEEP.

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Copyright Michael Kerr, Humor at Work, 2010 www.humoratwork.com

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