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The need for goals is something all the inspirational writers seem to agree about – there are many words of motivation written on this subject. It is obviously something worth getting right.

As I mentioned before, no matter how many words of motivation I read, setting goals is still something with which I have had a lot of challenges. Life always intervenes.

Let’s see if we can find some more words of motivation that might clear my logjam.

Robin Sieger is an author who seems to speak a lot of common sense and he suggests looking at your goals from a different angle. His idea is to imagine looking back: “When you are looking back as an elderly person sitting in the sunshine in Florida or wherever you want to be, what would you want to look back on with the greatest pride?’

Robin suggests we ask ourselves two questions:

1. Where do you want to be?
2. When do you want to get there?

Another motivated individual I have also been lucky enough to associate with is Adil Amarsi. Adil has been a serial entrepreneur and offers these words of motivation to help in setting goals:

“What would my perfect AVERAGE Day look like? If I had to live this way everyday, and if I didn’t I would die, what would it look like?”

“Seriously you want to do something along the lines of where do you live, what does your house look/smell/feel like etc. What are your first thoughts of your day while you brush your teeth, what would you have for breakfast etc.”?

I like that idea: you imagine the little details of your perfect life. And you have to EXPERIENCE the life too.

Robin Sieger agrees: “You must clearly define your goal in precise visual, emotive terms. The second thing you must do is get emotionally connected to the feelings that achieving the goal in terms that give you a feeling of success.”

In truth I think we all know deep down what we want and will know when the goals we set ourselves seem right and we will feel comfortable with them.

Significant words of motivation however come from Jim Rohn. He identified some common words of motivation that identify the main areas from which we will find our goals:

1. Recognition

We all like to be seen as successful in one way or another. Companies find that status symbols often motivate better than money. A better company car or an award (such as employee of the month) or perhaps a new title or promotion will usually do the trick.

Are you motivated by recognition?

2. The Feeling Of Winning

Knowing inside that you have achieved success is one of the best rewards you can have. Just knowing. Knowing that you have done your best gives you so much peace of mind, more than any words of motivation, and I really look forward to this.

My feeling is this will come with whatever goals you achieve.

3. Family

Many people feel great need to do the best thing by their family – particularly dependents – and many will do anything to feel they have fulfilled their responsibility. Parents have been known to make enormous sacrifices for their children, for example.

4. Benevolence

Do you find words of motivation in the idea of giving time or money to those who are less fortunate? Andrew Carnegie spent the first half of his life amassing a vast fortune and the second half giving it away.

5. Embarrassment and Anger

Few of us would admit these give us words of motivation but, the truth is, they drive many people. Even negative feelings can motivate.

Frustrated that you cannot pay the bills each month? That you cannot treat your friends to a meal? Does the car breaking down regularly motivate you to earn the money to buy a new one? Use those feelings to set new goals.

I hope now we are finding the words of motivation to set some meaningful goals. But, wait, there are some more characteristics of successful goals and we will examine those soon.

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