Goal Personal Planning Setting Success

Here we are at part four of setting and achieving your smart goals.

Think, goal personal planning setting success. Write these words down in your journal next to your goal. Asterisk them, underline and bold them, so you'll see them every time you read or review your goal. These words will serve as a reminder of the goal setting importance and the necessary stages you need to work through in order to achieve them.

To recap, in part three, you identified your wants and then moved on to turning each 'want' into specific achievable smart goals. By now, you should have identified and defined your key priority health goal that you want to achieve now, as well as having a written personal goal statement of intent - yes? Let's get started then.

Having written your concrete, life changing health goal, write it again. Not in your journal - this time; write it on a piece of paper so you can carry it with you everywhere. Read it every day, as many times as you can and especially first thing in the morning and last thing at night. This will help keep your personal goal at the fore-front of your mind and strengthen your resolve for achieving it. Do not underestimate the goal setting importance and value of this single act. The more you remind yourself of your goal, the more you'll be motivated to achieving it.

Before you get started on those all important tasks and actions for achieving your goal or goals, here are 4 goal personal planning setting success strategies that will guarantee your personal goal settings achievement.

goal personal planning setting success - your personal strengths

For all the 4 stages of your goal personal planning setting success exercise, you will need your journal.

Make a start by compiling a list of all your personal strengths in relation to your goal.

For instance, if you have a healthy eating goal you might want to consider strengths such as your level of commitment to eating healthily, or the fact that you enjoy cooking and like experimenting with new recipes or even that you are an excellent cook who can russle up a quick, healthy meal in record time.

The list of personal strengths you can draw up is endless. Just remember to keep it positive - that is, don't cancel out a strength with a negative. For example, by saying 'I'm a good cook, but...! Leave the but out of it!

Here are a few examples of some of personal strengths, to get you started.

  • I am reasonably healthy
  • I enjoy exercising
  • I value eating healthily
  • I appreciate how much better I feel, taking care of myself
  • I am a good self-motivator

    goal personal planning setting success - identifying challenges and barriers to your goalsetting

    In this section of your goal personal planning setting success exercise, you can freely explore and list anything that is of concern to you in relation to your goal(s); anything you perceive will get in the way. For instance, any doubts, fears or anxieties you may have. For instance:

    If your goal is healthy eating and you work long hours, how will you time-manage your healthy eating plan?

    Likewise, if your goal is weight-loss exercise and you have childcare responsibilities, how will you get to the gym, go for your regular jog or carry out your video yoga exercise? You might be unaware of which weight loss exercise or program would be appropriate to your personal and health circumstance.

    What level of support have you identified you will need and which of your family members or support network of friends can you rely on to help you achieve your personal smart goal?

    If your smart goal is a low carb diet or a low fat diet, how will you manage preparing two different meals perhaps, for both yourself and the rest of the family?

    The above are but a small number of issues to help you identify possible barriers to your goal personal planning setting success exercise. You will need to carefully consider those challenges that are personal to you, at this stage of your goal personal planning setting success exercise. It, is only by clearly identifying the challenges that are likely to confront you, will you be able to plan to meet and overcome them.

    You will need to avoid listing 'problems' that are either blaming of other people or of directly involving them; this will only hinder you in finding solutions. For example, by saying that your healthy eating goal will be difficult because your children prefer eating unhealthy convenience or take-a-way foods; you are focusing on a negative aspect of your children's behaviour rather than on identifying your own issue. That is, your inability to encourage your children to eat a healthy diet.

    Do also monitor any excuses you might be making in relation to achieving your goals. For example, saying 'I don't finish work until late and won't have time to cook!' You must recognise that if you are truly passionate about your goal, it is up to you to make time. The 'problem' is your 'un-healthy eating diet' and not your long working hours. When you learn to identify the true cause of the 'problem', you also find the solution.

    By focusing in this way, you can identify and confront any barriers to your taking action to change or in relation to your needs or personal values so that these may be addressed. This process will also enable you to focus on how you're being affected by an issue, as opposed to blaming other people, thus expecting them to change their conduct rather than you changing your own.

    Here are alternative ways of phrasing the things that you might find challenging:

  • When I am stressed, I tend to eat more

  • I find it difficult to encourage my children to eat healthily

  • Finding a baby sitter for the hours I want is an issue

    Do you see the difference it makes when you own challenges that directly affect you and does not involve or implicate other people? With this level of clarity you can move forward and find solutions that are appropriate to your personal situation. This is the next stage we'll be covering in your goal personal planning setting success exercise.

    Now that you have completed stage one of your goal personal planning setting success exercise, do now consult stage two, which will guide you through achieving your personal goal- setting objectives. At the end of that section you will find the link for part four of your personal goal settings result form. It is very important that you work through both stage one and two of the personal goal settings guidance before moving onto the goal setting result form.

    Stage Two: personal goal settings objectives

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