Personal Goal Settings
The following personal goal settings objective exercise represent
stage two of your
goal personal planning setting success, which is a
continuation of part four of your goalsetting guidance.
If you have not covered stage one of this goalsetting
guidance, then I strongly recommend you work through the exercises
there, before proceeding with this stage: Stage one: personal goalsetting guidance.
personal goal settings
objective - acknowledging your development needs
This stage of your personal goal settings objective involves
you paying close attention to the skills you need to develop
to achieve your personal goal or goals. It will also help you to
explore all your available options, including those you are yet to
be conscious of.
At this stage of your personal goal settings, you will need to
write down what you think you need to learn - to find out etc.,.
You can literally increase your personal goal settings development
skills in every area of your life, however, the development skills
you target must be relevant to your particular life changing goal.
For example, if you know you tend to eat more when you're
stressed, you might want to consider other ways of managing your
stress, such as going for a walk or a swim, rather than turning
If your goal is to establish a healthy eating diet and you have
little to no knowledge of food nutrition, your starting point
must be to obtain information on your
food health, dietary needs and/or to consult a nutritionist
for an assessment.
You will need to increase your personal knowledge of what constitute a healthy eating diet before you start changing your eating habits.
Your personal goal settings development skills might also include,
reading a quality book on nutrition; researching
healthy eating recipes; or even joining a forum
that tackles the issue of eating healthily.
A forum is a good example of where you can increase your knowledge, as well as
providing you with a good source of information, ideas, tips and
In the words of a famous quote, "when you set goals, you don't
plan to fail, so make sure you don't fail to plan". Here are
some further examples of development needs:
I need to learn the signals to my becoming stressed
I need to seek the advice of a professional fitness trainer
I need to negotiate some babysitting time so I can do my
weightloss exercise workout
I need advice and information on how to prepare healthy
nutritious and appetising meals
personal goal settings -
drawing on your past and present achievements
Listing your past and present achievements - (no matter how small
or insignificant you perceive them to be), is a powerful self-
motivation technique in goal-setting.
Have you ever noticed how you ooze pride whenever you recall an achievement you are particularly proud of? Draw on all your achievements that are relevant to your goal.
For instance, that last recipe you followed and how wonderfully it
turned out. If it did not turn out so well, still give yourself
full marks for your commitment to trying something new. Now you
are aware of why it didn't turn out so well, you know exactly what
you need to do next time. That is an achievement in itself and
one that will inspire your personal goal setting result outcome.
No matter how small you consider your achievements, list them
anyway. It could be something small such as having joined a
healthy eating mailing list or a
healthy eating newsletter, to coming home from work late, yet
preparing a tasty nutritious meal for your
family in under 30 minutes. A tme management achievement and
most definately a goal setting result - even if you did not
consciously set a goal at that time!
Here are few more ideas as to what you can write in this
section of your personal goal-setting exercise:
I have aready written a clearly defined health goal or goals
I lost 3 pounds in one month by walking to and from work
I have an excellent collection of low carb
I am already swimming 30 mins daily during my lunch break
Once you review your list, you will be amazed at how all those
small achievements soon add up.
personal goal settings -
goal setting outline
Below is an example of what your final goal setting outline or goal
plan should resemble. Do bear in mind that I have only listed one
example from each of the four personal goal settings exercises.
Your goal outline or goal plan will contain more:
Goal: Eat a healthy low fat diet
Challenge/Barrier: Time management
Personal Strength: I enjoy cooking and eating healthily
Development Need: Plan/set aside 1 hour to cook 6 days weekly
Achievement: Made an appointment with the dietician
Now that you have come this far in planning your personal goal
setting success exercise, make a list of all the steps you
can now take to bring positive changes to your primary goal
and core health chart.
Whatever your goal happen to be, whether it is a low carb or low fat diet, weight-loss exercise or it is a beauty fitness or emotional health goal; be adventurous as you go through all the different things you can do and the changes you can make.
For instance, could you start your day
with a vitamin-packed healthy smoothie for breakfast,
or brush up on your low carb knowledge, or
research a collection of free atkins diet food
recipes, or even get further assistance with planning your healthy eating diet.
Could you now read a good book; start your own personal
collection of healthy eating snack
recipes or even building your
All these smaller personal planning setting success steps
are mini goals to achieving your primary or priority health goal.
When you act on the various things you have identified and repeat
your actions consistently, your goalsetting activities will, over
time accumulate and build into even greater goal-setting results.
It doesn't get any better than this does it? Here you are
at the threshold of your life changing goals! Well, that's
it for this stage of your personal goal settings exercise. Your
tasks for today is to set out your goal, following the above format
and have it ready for part 5 of your personal goal settings
exercise, when we will be focusing on putting your goal action
Until then, build on your strengths and strengthen your weaknesses!
"Consult not your fears but your
hopes and dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about
your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you
tried and failed in, but with what is still possible for you
to do.". (Pope John XXII)
Do consult this personal-goal setting tips with checklist
that covers all the material covered throughout this course
You can access all the goals guidance here:
Part One...Part Two...Part Three...
Goalsetting Result Form 4
Access Part Three:
Writing Your Goals
Access Prioritising Your Values/
Clarifying What You Want, Worksheet Two Here
Access Part One: Core Health Values
The information on this site is purely of educational value
and is not intended to replace your seeking medical advice. You
must consult your doctor over all your health concerns.
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