So far I have read the introduction and completed the questionnaire to assess my skills. The questions were multiple choice and asked things like What type of internal dialogues do you have? What is your attitude to the future? How do you maintain your work / life balance?
My answers were fairly convincing with half of them being As, which means
These answers suggest you feel that the locus of control is outside of you, and that whatever you try will probably not succeed. Whatever you would like to happen in the future, it is likely to remain a daydream unless you take action. To change things, follow the steps in the book and do the exercises (don’t just read them). Starting with small, achievable steps, build up some reference experiences of successful goal attainment.
So it looks like I was right to be examining this area of my life.
Having had a quick look through the book it seems to include lots of useful information about achieving your goals, but I haven’t noticed much on actually developing the goals. Therefore I am also planning to use the Goal Setting College tutorial as recommended by Stephen from HD BizBlog.
The book suggests teaming up with a goal-setting partner to gain support, insight and to help make the goals real. I am planning to use this blog as my goal-setting partner and would be grateful for any advice or encouragement you can provide.