Creating a Supportive Environment to be Successful

Once you know your personality type, make it a priority to set up an environment that supports you to reach your goals successfully.

Here are a few tips to help you get started

  • Create a Supportive Environment – The people, tools, and atmosphere around you need to support you. If you feel unsupported, you’re not going to be able to be as creative and successful as you could be otherwise.
  • Be Accountable for Your Actions – Hire someone, like a coach, or ask someone in your life now to hold you accountable for your actions. People who have accountability partners or coaches to help them see their plan through to fruition tend to experience a lot more success in life.
  • Decide When and Where You’ll “DO” – Whatever it is, you need to know the when, what, why, and how of what you’ll do. Once you have all that decided it will be a lot easier to commit and follow through with your plan.
  • Commit to a Plan – When you create a plan and commit to it, you’ll see results sooner than someone who is acting without a plan in place regardless of your motivation. You may be completely unmotivated but follow through with your plan anyway. A great way to help your plan materialize is to create a checklist so that you can go through it each day and mark off what you’ve achieved.
  • Start Sooner Rather Than Later – For example, let’s say you want to lose weight and get healthy. Don’t wait until Friday or Monday to start. Just start now. The sooner you start, the sooner your brain will accept that this is your new way of doing things.


Do you have a supportive environment at work or at home to be successful?


Personality and Motivation

Know Your Personality Type

One of the key ways to determine what motivates you is to determine your personality type.  Many workplaces will provide team building training where  participants have the opportunity to take a personality test. This could be one that determines your True Colors, Personality  Dimensions, what animal you are or Myers-Briggs.

There is an on-line Myers Briggs test available at Myers-Briggs and is based on scientific research and, if you’re honest with your answers, the tool will provide you with an accurate assessment that can help you determine what motivates you.

The key to any personality assessment is to give answers that are true and accurate, rather than what you wish was true. Because there are no “correct” answers you don’t need to try to” beat” the test. If you are truthful you’ll learn about your personality to work with your strengths and improve on your weaknesses. Just remember, if you have taken the test before, you may not get the same answer this time. People change and grow over time, which could influence your personality and motivation. Anytime you’re experiencing issues with motivation consider retaking the test and use the results to help you work through your motivation issues.

You can also use these tests to help you understand your co-workers, family, and others who are willing to share to help you work better together in a supportive environment. The first time I did the test it was through work and it helped me appreciate the different working styles of my co-workers and how to build on their strengths rather than be upset by them. I also used this to help me understand what motivates my family and it has helped save a few fights!


What’s your personality type?


Why Are Some Boomers Still Struggling?

Let’s figure out why some people haven’t realized the success they desire.

Some people just have it all. You know that person. They’ve got their stuff together. They’re out there making waves, breaking glass ceilings, and are doers. They simply get stuff done and make no bones about what’s important to them. They are successful.

How they find their motivation? Do you know why they’re motivated to implement and succeed while you’re others are  not? Do you know what they went through to get to where they are?

Let’s look at potential motivational blocks the average person experiences, and then we’ll discover ways to get through them. But first, let’s look at the study of motivation and motivational theory.

Old School Motivational Theory

It can help to look at some research from the study of motivational theory. Understanding the research on motivation can help you to understand your life and actions better. When you understand this scientific work and relate it to yourself,  you can better understand how motivation works for you and how to get motivated any time you need it.

There are essentially four basic thoughts regarding motivation.

  1. Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
  2. Herzberg’s Dual-Factor Theory
  3. McClelland’s “The Need for Achievement”
  4. Vroom’s Expectancy Theory of Motivation

Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs

Abraham Maslow created a motivation model that states individuals are motivated by different types of needs depending on how pressing they are. For example, before one can worry about their self-esteem or do what they love they must first satisfy the basic needs of hunger, safety, and affection.

In other words, if you’re struggling to live safely, and keep food on the table, it’s going to be very hard for you to feel successful or reach for more because you’re just scrapping at the bottom. It’s not easy to save for a rainy day if every day there is a storm. It’s important to be able to differentiate needs vs. wants and to understand where you are on the spectrum.

Herzberg’s Dual-Factor Theory

This theory says there are two factors in the workplace and life that cause you to be satisfied or dissatisfied and that each is completely independent of each other. For example, if you have a job that makes you feel useful, your employer is kind and appreciates you, but you aren’t paid much, you can still be satisfied. However, you could make a ton of money, be treated poorly and be miserable. Money doesn’t always equate to success, depending upon the situation. That’s why it’s important to define what success means to you.

McClelland’s “The Need for Achievement”

According to McClelland, every individual has a unique need for achievement. The reward should be structured for the individual. Not everyone has a need to be publicly recognized, for example. For some, knowing that if they succeeded, they would be in the public eye (even just among co-workers) would lower their motivation to achieve.

He also believed that everyone had different needs and wants based on where they were in life, similar to Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. However, McClelland believed that we all have three motivators in life: The need for achievement, the need for affiliation and the need for power. We are usually dominant in only one of these areas and that drives us. For example, if you are “affiliation” dominant, you want to belong to the group, be liked, prefer collaboration, and don’t like uncertainty or high-risk situations.

Vroom’s Expectancy Theory of Motivation

Vroom believed that every human wants to minimize pain and maximize pleasure and that increased effort will lead to increased performance and thus more motivation because the more you experience success the more you want success. But, not everyone has the right skills, resources, or support in life to experience these things. Therefore, the ability to identify what is missing and can fill that missing piece of the puzzle will create more success and thus m more motivation.

You must know what works for you, why it works for you, and how to repeat it when you need it to build more motivation toward reaching your goals and experiencing success. Discovering the roadblocks, you set up for yourself, or that another person has placed in your path, and how to overcome them will set you up for the success you desire.

You can read a lot more about these motivational theories on this Lecture from Stuart-Kotze in the UK

More to follow


What’s a Boomer?

According to Wikipedia, Baby Boomers are the demographic group born during the post–World War II baby boom, approximately between the years 1946 and 1964. This includes people who are between 53 and 71 years old in 2017.
Most of us are grey haired – well, unless you chose to cover those silver threads like me!
In Canada, where I live, boomers make up 27% of the population – the largest age group! Not only that, the number of people age 65 and older (the traditional age of retirement in Canada) is 16% – double that of five years ago.
In the US there were an estimated 76 million babies born during the boomer years!
The impact on the economy, culture and history is staggering.
As the boomer generation reaches the senior years and retirement, their needs will shift the economy as well. There will be a greater demand on services that meet their needs – from health care to retirement to recreation and leisure. There are great opportunities for businesses that cater to the senior population. We’ll explore those on this site.

Getting Started

This website is for all of us boomers for whom the promise of easy money and early retirement hasn’t materialized yet, despite our best efforts. So, if you were born between 1942 and 1964, this is the site for you. We’ll cover all the areas of concern for awesome boomers – including money, health and relationships. Since I’m a boomer too, we’ll enjoy the journey together.

Kerri Lynn