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A study in 1953 found that
 only 3% of the students graduating from Yale
that year had written goals
and specific plans for reaching them.
Twenty years later,
the 3% who had written goals
were earning more money as a group
than the entire other 97%.

 

 

Learning Success Associate Achievement Awards are Different

Learning Success Associate Achievement Awards teach you how to be successful. Traditional awards give recognition to individuals who compete for a limited number of awards, such as championships or being in the top 2%. The Learning Success Associate Achievement Award, however, is given to people who set and meet their own challenging goals. The process of earning the award is based on the fact that a major key to success is the ability to set personally challenging goals, decide how those goals can be reached, and then become sufficiently motivated to achieve them. A Stanford University study concluded that even a high IQ by itself is not a good predictor of success in life unless accompanied by other key success characteristics, such as:

1.      Social and Mental Adjustment

2.      Clearly Defined Goals and Specific Plans for Reaching Them

3.      Perseverance

4.      Self-confidence

Learning Success Associate Achievement Awards are designed to promote these important characteristics. 

 

Who Can Earn an Award

Anyone who is interested in reaching important goals and developing the success characteristics that will make the achievement of future goals even more probable.

 

How to Earn an Award

Set a challenging goal by following the process outlined below and then achieve it.

 

How You Can Help People You Care About Achieve an Award

Role of supporters:

Learning Success Associate Achievement Awards not only promote positive behavior patterns in the person trying to earn the award, but also those individuals who assist in any way. As a supporter helps a person pursue an award, he or she is also encouraged to act in the powerful ways research shows have a positive and lasting influence on developing success habits. A supporter should explore with the person trying to achieve an award how he or she can best be of support.  There should be a discussion about the key to success being the habit of setting challenging personal goals, enjoying the fun and excitement of planning effectively to reach them, carrying out the plan, and benefiting from the results. If both of you are pursuing an award, discuss various possibilities of recognizing and supporting each other's efforts. There are great ideas in Family Activities that Make Achieving Goals Fun. The activities are described with families in mind, but they are just as relevant for friends and supporters.

http://www.learningsuccess.com/activities_to_make_achieving_goals_fun.htm

 

Print an Application

Learning Success Associate Achievement Award Application 

Print out a copy of the award application. Choose a goal you can get excited about. You may earn as many awards as desired. The goal should be challenging, but you might want to start with fairly easy goals until your confidence is sufficiently developed to tackle more difficult ones. Both you and your supporter should agree whether a chosen goal is appropriate.

The application is designed to encourage a positive relationship between you and your supporter while training both of you to be successful goal achievers.

  

Application Directions

My Goal:

If you have already decided on a goal, simply write it down. The goal as written here need not be specific. It is really just a way to get started. Some people, though, may have only a vague idea of a goal, but still want to earn an award. If this is the case with you, explore possibilities with your supporter until a special interest comes up.

Examples of Goals:

Earn more money

Become a Silver Director

Become a Gold Director

Learn the USANA Business Plan

Talk to 5 people a week about USANA

Starting Situation

A general idea of how you are doing in regard to your goal is insufficient to establish either a clear objective or generate the extra motivation and energy to reach it. You will experience a major increase in motivation once you have identified your starting situation. You then have a base upon which to determine clear objectives that are challenging and yet reachable.

Examples of Starting Situations:

I know how to do Ö, but I donít know how to do Ö

I want to talk to people about USANA, but I donít know how

My average is signing up 1 associate per month

I am now a Builder, and I want to become a Silver Director

I have ten associates in my organization who are on autoship

I do not use email right now in communicating with mydownline or preferred customers

I have 2 outstanding leaders on my right leg

Objective (when-then)

A goal as first written may be vague and mainly an entrance to the process, but the objective must be so clearly stated that anyone would be able to determine if the objective has been reached. The ability to write clear objectives may take some practice, but it is well worth the time and effort. One of the results is more clear communication between you and your supporters. Going from starting situations to clear behavior targets will also extend to other parts of your life. As a supporter helping someone identify their starting situations and then objectives, you become more aware of that personís specific needs. You also become more aware of the motivating force of matching learning opportunities with challenge levels.

Examples of Objectives

Process correctly online 3 preferred customers without assistance

Memorize and use with three contacts a one-minute introduction to the value of USANA

Earn $2,000 per month

Sign up an average of 2 associates per month for 3 months

Achieve Silver Director

Have 20 associates on autoship

Have 5,000 points on my left and right legs during a one week period

Target Date:

Set a target date for the accomplishment of your objective. Many people have undeveloped time projection skills. The target date develops an understanding and ability to project the estimated time needed to reach an objective. This allows for effective pacing of efforts so objectives can be reached within the selected time schedule. Target dates may be adjusted and a new date negotiated, but there should always be a target date. It is important to realize that target dates are important to encourage effectiveness, but that failure to accomplish all of one's goals by a set target date is not necessarily failure. Success can still be achieved if learning has occurred that can make new plans more effective, the progress made is recognized and taken advantage of, and a new, perhaps stronger, commitment is made.

Obstacles and Solutions: What would get in the way of achieving your objectives? Identify them so you can use them as your pathway to success. Solve each obstacle and move closer to reaching your objectives.

What is Working for You? What advantages do you now enjoy that will help you reach your objectives? How can you maximize those advantages?

Future Benefits: How will life be better for you or those you care about?

My Plan:

Here is where the connection between effort and success is explored. Many people fail not because their plans failed, but rather that they either had no plan or failed to carry it out. While effort is important, even more important is the effective use of effort. Bernard Weiner and others have pointed out that some people become more concerned with avoiding failure and protecting their fragile self-esteem than trying fully for success. Failure-avoiding people believe success for them is a matter of luck or the unexpected ease of some tasks. Failure by some people is attributed to a combination of ability and effort. Ability is highly valued in our culture and determines to a large extent a person's feelings of self-worth. Because of this, some individuals dare not try their best for fear of having their ability tested and found lacking.

This part of the application is designed to help introduce another factor, that of strategies and plans. When strategies and plans become a part of a personís equation for success, any temporary failure can then be attributed to three factors: ability, effort, and effective strategies or plans. This should do two things:

1.      Free the person to try hard because failure can now be attributed to ineffective strategies or plans rather than only to ability and effort.

2.      Introduce effective strategies or plans that can dramatically increase his or her success power and achievement now and in the future.

It is essential that the necessary conditions, tools, and learning opportunities for each person to learn and master what is needed for his or her success is available in a timely manner. 

Positive Affirmations & Success Images: Write a description of you already enjoying your success. Draw or gather pictures that illustrate your being successful

Supporter Comments & Commitments:

This section provides an opportunity for supporters to positively reinforce a personís efforts and express faith in his or her abilities. Research indicates that we can encourage motivation most by recognizing successes while paying less attention to non-successes. The comment section is meant to encourage positive reinforcement of success efforts.

Examples of Supporter Comments

A great idea! I can see it will make a tremendous difference in your life!

You can do it and Iíll help.

Well thought-out plan. It should work

A very good goal!

This is a good plan.

You can make it!

Sounds interesting! Have fun!

Evaluation:

A person will either reach or not reach his or her goal by the target date. Remember, he or she must show in a tangible way the goal was reached. It could be through tests, demonstrations, samples, observations, etc. If the goal has not been reached by the target date, emphasize he or she has not reached it YET. A new target can be negotiated and perhaps a new or adjusted plan. A person could also adjust his or her objective if too high and set a new objective that would be more reachable while still remaining a challenge.  The key is to get into the habit of setting goals that are challenging, yet reachable.

  

Receiving and Enjoying the Award:

To receive your Learning Success Achievement Award, mail your completed application to Learning Success Achievement Awards, 1558 La Pradera Drive, Campbell, California 95008. Your certificate will be sent to your email address. You also may receive other benefits from your supporters as pre-determined by them as incentives for you to be successful.

 

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