09 May 2008 | Paul Snell in St. Louis, US
Purchasers should develop their own motto and mission statement if they want to reach personal goals in their career and life, according to an Olympic gold medallist.
Speaking in the closing speech at this year's Institute for Supply Management conference in St. Louis, former US gymnast Dominique Dawes told buyers it was important to outline the personal qualities they want to show their colleagues, which would help reach personal targets.
"Create a personal motto and mission statement," she said. "Your values determine your destiny. Make sure your values are showing to others day in and day out. Post it in your office, car, wherever you look."
She said when competing she lived by the phrase "determination, dedication and desire".
"If you only give 70 to 80 per cent effort, you will only get 70 to 80 per cent outcome," she added.
Dawes also outlined other principles to achieve success in both business and life: being passionate about what you do; developing a plan to reach your goals; finding someone who can inspire you; overcoming obstacles; inspiring others; taking opportunities when they are available; and never giving up on your dreams.