This morning I went for my first run in over two years. Like many people in January, I had a vague idea of getting fit and losing a few of the holiday pounds, but three weeks into the month, I hadn’t actually done anything about it.
One of the tools that I use frequently with my clients is a personality assessment. So I went back to my own profile to see what qualities I could use to help me turn intention into action. One of my strongest underlying traits is “purposeful”, meaning I am at my best when I have clear goals to work towards. In a flash, I realized my problem; a vague idea of losing a bit of weight and getting fit just isn’t a clear enough goal to motivate me. So I started looking for events that I could turn into target. One Google search later and I had committed to a 10K running race in Central Park at the end of March. Bingo! Five minutes later I had downloaded an eight-week training program and I’m on my way.
To anyone struggling to get going with the goals they set themselves for 2017, I encourage you to look again at any personality assessment that you’ve done (even if it was a while ago). There are always insights you can draw from it that will help you harness your strengths to achieve your goals.
Find out more about the personality assessment we use with our clients.