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1. Goal Setting

2. Benefits

3. Personal Mission Statement

4. Writing SMART Goals

5. Writing Realistic Goals
  - Goal Statement,
  - Measure of Success
  - Goal Assessment

6. Writing Realistic Goals Part 2
  - Tasks
  - Timing
  - Self Assessment
  - Results

7. Goal Worksheet

8. Worksheet Review

9. Personal Development Requirements

10. Self Assessment

11. Now Itís Your Turn...

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Assessing Personal Development Requirements

In the goal worksheet, the results for each month have been included. You will note that some of the mini goals have not been met e.g. the diet work was 2 months later than planned and that I didn’t follow the plan in January due to sickness. As you see in the end, this has not affected the main goal result. You don’t have to win every battle to win the war!

Lets look at why there was procrastination with the diet work. I self-assessed as being low skill and low will. Now I could work on motivating myself and giving some great self-talk on why I should stick to a good diet.

But if I lack the basic information to know what that diet is, I am unlikely to make progress. So, by focussing on closing my knowledge gap, I will make the most difference and find the motivation follows. Some people are uncomfortable asking for advice as they feel it exposes weakness.

Things happen as we go along and even the best laid plans can go awry. So what should you do when something does not go to plan? The healthy response is to take action to correct it, and if you can’t, let yourself be okay about it and move on.

Even the best laid plans can go awry

Let’s look at the sickness in January. The tendency may be to throw up your arms and say it’s all over and quit, as the training schedule will be so badly impacted how can I possibly get in enough running?

An alternative, and more useful response would be to say, okay I’m sick, take the appropriate medication and use the rest time to amend the training schedule and work on my mental preparation instead. Perhaps I can spend more time with my partner motivating them to join me in training runs and helping get my pace back.

Optimism in the face of adversity is a learned skill and often, changing how you think about an event can change the whole meaning. Reviewing your progress regularly and being honest with yourself will all help towards increasing your goal achievement success rate.

Next, Now it's your turn...

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