The Habit that is a Goal

By Andrea Goeglein

I have a habit.  My habit is I like to set goals.  I began the year shifting my teaching from goal setting to looking at the underlying habits needed to support the achievement of a desired goal.  And then another project came along.  I stopped researching how habits impact goals and began work on my new project:  developing a speech to showcase my newest book.(1)

The project was coming along well until I got stuck needing to clearly explain what it means to ‘find your voice’ as it relates to personal development. If you read back in my blogs, I actually thought I had done that just a week ago.  Yet, I was only half right.  I knew what it meant intrinsically, I knew I had experienced occasions where I ‘found my voice’, but I could not put all the parts together to explain it to clearly.  Then I came across Stephen Covey’s 2004 book, The 8th Habit.

According to Covey, your voice can be found when your natural strengths are energized to fill a perceived need by following the still, small voice within, which assures you what you are feeling is right, and prompts you into action.(2)  It is the integration of our physical, mental, emotional and spiritual intelligences and capacities, which then unleashes your human potential.(3) (p. 60) You are inspired to act and others are inspired by your actions.

Seems to me that finding your voice is a habit that should be everyone’s goal.

Notes:

  1. For the record, task-shifting, as I was doing, is not a good thing to do if you want to achieve your goals.  Yes, it worked for me this time, but generally it reduces efficiency.
  2. Here is the link to a Positive Psychology blog which discusses finding your voice.
  3. Here is a link if you are interested in buying Covey’s book.
Andrea Goeglein, Ph.D.
About the author

Andrea Goeglein is part organizational psychologist, part entrepreneur, and all about success—your success. She understands both the pressures you face and the dreams that inspire you. Andrea merges her experience as a business owner with her training in Positive Psychology to provide effective, efficient and challenging personal development products and services. She combines an emphasis on objective assessment with an approach that is always powered by your spirit and guided by your goals. Her professional development offerings are based in theory and backed by direct business knowledge.

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