Sunday, June 18, 2017

What now? Disaster survival skills. The attitudes and actions to survive, recover and even thrive, after calamity struck.

What now?  The Attitude and Actions of Crisis & Disaster management.
How do I survive, recover and even thrive, after calamity struck.

A crisis, calamity or a disaster is a disruptive and unexpected event that threatens to harm you, your loved ones or what is valuable to you. 

All calamities and crises have one thing in common. Be it a natural disaster (fire or floods destroyed your house) , accidental death of a loved one, huge motor vehicle accident, shipwreck, loss of a limb, displacement due to war, nuclear or ecological disaster, terrorist attacks, murder of a family member, you were diagnosed with a terminal illness, you got shot in crossfire  - you name it. The common denominator is that after that event your future is not what it used to be. Your perceived picture of the future is destroyed. It went up in flames or was washed away or abruptly brought to an end. 

You thought you would live happily ever after in this house, but it is now totally incinerated by fire. You thought you would grow old with this person – but it is not to be. You thought that you would be able to make your livelihood in this place, but you were forced to leave.   

The thing with problems and disasters is that they don’t have respect for rank or file. They hit all people on all levels and walks of life. The question is, independent of your rank or file: Can I continue after crisis and calamity? And if so, how? Furthermore: How can I be mentally and physically prepared for any eventuality?

Here are 13 steps or modes (obviously not exhausting the topic) to get out of the crisis and into a new future. The 13 steps of crisis management involves dealing with threats during, and after they have occurred, and before they re-occur.



1.     Get into survival mode. Do whatever it takes to survive . In the Knysna fires that almost destroyed a whole town, one family (father, mother and small kids) jumped into a muddy fishpond with wet towels over their heads and a small opening to breathe  to survive the ravaging fire. Act fast. Winston Churchill said, “If you’re going through hell, keep going.”  This is not a time to sit still – action will be rewarded.
2.     Get into ask for and accept  help mode.  Ask for it, even cry for help in the hope that someone will arrive to help. But do not lose hope if it doesn’t. This is the time to accept and be thankful for the stretched out hands to you.  
3.     Emotion management mode:  Do not suppress emotions  – do not give free reign to them.  Recognize deep emotions and feel free to express appropriately. As soon as things settle down, go for trauma counselling as soon as possible, to deal with the loss and to reconstruct the future.
4.     Get into “asking the right questions’- mode:  Not why me? – questions. Rather What now? – questions. For many it is ‘game over’ and they are wrecked, partly because they ask the wrong questions. They ask “Why me?” instead of “What now?” questions. Learning to ask empowering questions such as ‘What must I do to survive?’ in moments of crisis, is a critical survival skill. Ask ‘why me?’ when you are wounded and you will bleed to death. Ask ‘what now?’ and you will crawl to a place of safety and healing. First try to be prepared for any eventuality (risk management), but if all else fails, ask how can I survive.   Also deal with survivor guilt: Why did I survive and others not. The answer lies in personalizing it:  You are busy with your own journey … you are still here – ask what good purpose can you find for your survival end the go for it. 

The RIGHTATTITUDE: Victor mentality & Re-frame

5.     Get into victor mentality mode. It is first about attitude, then action. Get a mentality fit for the future. Attitude is one of the things in your control. You can choose to have a ‘victim’ or a ‘victor’ mentality. Victims focus on what happened. Survivors focus on how to respond. Between stimulus and response lies your freedom: You have one of three choices when something bad happens: You can either let it define you, destroy you, or strengthen you. Therefore: Get out of the victim mentality and into a victor mentality.  Know fear, but have faith. Circumstances influence you, but don’t determine you.
6.     Get into reframe mode. Create meaning. Use the powerful human ability to even create meaning out of terrible meaningless situations. It starts with the belief that good can actually come from this.  Re-framing works like this: Accept that many things are utterly meaningless. E.g. The death of a child or a loved one. Or the destruction of something valuable. Then learn from Victor Frankl (amongst others), that was thrown in a death camp during the 2nd World War. He demonstrated the unique human ability to create meaning out of something utterly meaningless. He searched for meaning and found a purpose for himself in the situation – first to survive, but secondly to live to tell the story and lessons learned. Create meaning by using the horrendous situation to grow as a person, as an opportunity to help others, and to learn something. Employ horrendous situations... don’t resent them.  Meaning is created, not by understanding better, but by doing things differently.

The RIGHTACTION: Re-focus, , Re-group, Re-join (Re-start)
Attitude and action will carry you through.
      
7.     Re-focus mode: Get a new picture – a new preferred future. Crystalize the picture – do not try to get the past picture back. That is irreversibly gone.  Imagine a new and even better, but different picture
8.     Re-group mode:    Don’t do it alone. Re-group: Get connected and don’t go it alone. Get a support structure in place:
- I am connected with good people (friends and family) who will carry me through.
- I am connected with a good coach who will see me through.
- I am connected with God: I got to know him as Emmanuel: God is with us in all circumstances. In adversity I am more than a conqueror:
9.     Re-join mode (Re-start) mode .  Re-join and Re-start: Meaning is created, not by understanding better, but by doing things differently. Get going again. Get a ‘start with what I have’ attitude. Don’t wait for better days or more resources. Get back in the saddle .
10.  Reconstruction mode: Best way to guarantee the future back is to create it.  Built up - with worn out tools as Rudyard Kipling wrote in his poem “If”.  
11.  Mastery mode.  Record treasures -  observe the growth in you  . create meaning , life breaks us – and then many of us are stronger. Ask yourself: If growth results from hardships, why do you resent difficult times so much? Reframe it from being a stumbling block to a building block and a stepping stone.  As a test:
List and name five instances of positive growth that resulted in your life due to past calamities.
1. __________________________________________________________________________
2. __________________________________________________________________________
3. __________________________________________________________________________
4. __________________________________________________________________________
5. __________________________________________________________________________

12.  Ready for the future mode.   Take heart and get hope for the future. If you can survive this – you can survive everything. 
13.  Be ready for future calamities and success:  Be prepared for calamity and success in the future. Treat the two imposters just the same: Handle both with care. Both must be managed well. Be strong enough to handle the three C’s of life: Crashes, Crises and Calamities. But also be strong enough to handle the proverbial three G’s that caused the downfall of many: Gold, Glitz and Glory. More men (and women) sink through success than through calamities or failure. With the question about calamity management sorted, you are now prepared to build a new life plan on a solid foundation.  (Welcome to attend a ‘Create your future “Get a Life Seminar ) 

I close with two special quotes:
“Don’t wish it was easier, wish you were better. Don’t wish for less problems, wish for more skills. Don’t wish for less challenges, wish for more wisdom.”
- Jim Rohn
“Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask God, who gives generously to all without reproach, and it will be given him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for the one who doubts is like a wave of the sea that is driven and tossed by the wind….”
- James 1:2-8 (ESV)


 you want more information on how to make counselling/coaching appointments or book dr Gustav Gous for motivational talks, contact admin@gustavgous.co.za 
If you want  interventions for your team: Contact +27 12 3455931   0r  0845138312 (Speak to Karen) or email gustav@gustavgous.co.za to discuss possibilities. 

Disclaimer:    Important notice to you as the reader:  Although the life coach (dr Gustav Gous) provide certain recommendations, the sole and final responsibility for decision-making remains your own and that the life coach or anybody associated to him and his company Short Walk Seminars Pty Ltd cannot be held responsible for any of your choices and reactions. You, the reader, must take full responsibility for your life, reactions and choices.  


www.gustavgousonline.com 

Dr Gustav Gous  is an International Motivational Speaker and Executive Life Coach with experience on 5 continents. He 
was the in-house counselor for the petro-chemical company Sasol for 9 years. He is known for his Transformational leadership programmes on Robben Island, titled the “Short Walk to Freedom”. 

He is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) and past President of the Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa and a member of the APSS (Asia Professional Speakers Singapore).  Currently he is heading up the Diversity Intelligence Institute, specializing in rolling out Diversity Intelligence interventions for 
international companies. His leadership caps does for leadership what De Bono's thinking hats did for creativity and problem solving. His Coaching programme on national Radio in South Africa RSG FM 100-104 "Fiks vir die lewe" touches the lives of many South Africans.  gustav@gustavgous.co.za    drgous@iafrica.com     www.gustavgous.co.za , www.diviin.com ,
Follow him on Twitter: @GustavGous  or on Facebook and LinkedIn .  

Sunday, June 4, 2017

How to be an utter failure in work, life and everything. 17½ rules for failure: (Part 1)

How to be an utter failure in work, life and everything. 
17½ rules for failure
(Part 1)

There are rules for success. There are also guaranteed rules for failure.  Unfortunately too many people follow the rules for failure.  Then they are surprised … and envious about those who succeed. They do not understand cause and effect. If you follow the rules and work hard on being a failure, then you will surely become one. Some people think to go for success is too much trouble. For those: Here is you alternative: Go for the 17½ rules for failure (or at least the first 4 ...) ...



Rule 1: Do not take control of your life

The rule for success in driving a car is to determine where you want to go, and then take the steering wheel, start the car and steer yourself in that direction. The first rule for failure is not to do this. Just start the car, put foot on the accelerator and drive with no hands on the steering wheel. Drift slowly in any direction. And if you drive into the tree - blame the tree.

The first (1a) specialized skill in this rule is not to take responsibility for your life. Constantly blame other people. Don't have a victor mentality that states that you can be victorious despite circumstances. Do not listen to Victor Frankl (note: his name is Victor and not Victim Crankl) that says it is not what happens to you that determines you, but your freedom lies in how you react to what happens to you. Rather blame everybody, the economy, your partner, the political system past or present, for your failure. The victim mentality is the easy way out, because nothing is then your fault and you can enjoy your failure because you at least do not feel guilty about your ugly failure. Rather listen to Sigmund Freud that say you are determined by the past – caught up in it forever. Become deaf for Frankl’s message that you have the ability to respond to any situation – that is your response-ability!

The second (1b) specialized skill here is to avoid at all cost to become a master in the art of goal setting. It is dangerous to set goals. It can just activate you and steer you in a better direction and that will result in change - that can be so uncomfortable. And if you slip up and cannot resist the temptation to set goals, then don't write them down. Because writing them down can activate your reticular activating system that will cause you to become creative in reaching the goal. That is once again dangerous because it will lead to even more painful change.

If backsliding is your problem and they catch you with goals, then at least do not prioritize them or even implement them.  Do not listen to the call to attend life planning workshops. Especially avoid the following "Get-a-Life” workshop, because they are so effective in helping you to formulate your 100% life and getting your life-GPS (GOALS in PRIORITY order, that you can SCHEDULE in a day to day action plan). Do not click on the links of upcoming "Get-a-Life” workshops.
Be warned: Do not watch, enroll or attend, because if you do, you run the risk of ... hold your breath ... achieving success.

The last defence against goal setting is procrastination. You do have a priority list, but you choose to focus on all the z - priorities.  Z priorities are the things to do that will have zero or very little effect on you overall happiness rating and improvement of your life.

Rule 2:  Do not ask for help. Do not go for coaching. Try to do everything in your own strength. Go it alone.

Winners in the game of life know the value of coaches. But if you want to be a failure in work,  life and everything, then you must not learn from international sports teams: Not a single soccer, rugby or cricket team can win the world cup without a coach. But some men and women are so proud – they think they know it all and that they don’t need coaching. 

They say to go for coaching in relationship matters (such as marriage preparation/ counselling, dealing with teenagers, etc.) is to admit that they are not competent enough. Their low self-images do not permit them to ask for help. They miss the point that the best and most competent Wimbledon tennis players all have coaches. Only the best players can afford the best coaches. The will not concede that teachabilty is probably the best attributes a human being can have.

Oh, I almost forgot: The worst here is not to ask advice from the architect of life:  The person who gave you the gift of life has a stretched out hand to you and is offering help. I want to teach you how to live (Psalm 16:11). I want to help you with healing and using your talents. I want to be there for you (Emmanuel – God with us). Not using divine coaching is missing a divine opportunity!  
For those who want to be a failure in work, life and everything – don’t Google and read or John 10 verse 10.  https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John+10:10   or Psalm 23 https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+23  or Psalm 121, https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Psalm+121&version=NIV   . Avoid it at all cost. It may just motivate you to explore this option.

Rule 3: Do not ask for feedback and do not change.

Successful people thrive on feedback. It is the way to improve. Failures fail to ask for feedback.  They fail to ask the following six questions: What must I ….

1. # Continue to do. ...
2. # Do more (increase) ...
3. # Stop doing ...
4. # Do less (decrease) ...
5. # Do differently ... and
6. # Start doing ...
... to be more effective? It is dangerous to ask these questions – because with this information you can put a plan in place to change for the better … and that is too much trouble.

They would rather prefer to sit on a thorn, and have something to complain about, rather than stand out of the discomfort zone and do something to improve.  It is too much trouble for them to change.

Rule 4:   Do not live in the present - live in the past. Carry the baggage of unresolved issues.   Do not go for healing.

Failures are paralyzed in the present because of unresolved issues from the past, and worries about the future. They fail to work through issues with a good coach. They don’t mind being broken, and don’t care if it is true that broken people can’t build wholesome relationships.  Successful people have their hands free to use the present as a gift or a present. They create good things in the moment – and have tomorrow good memories of yesterday because of that. Failures cannot embrace the future with baggage in their hands … but they prefer it that way! Why go forward if you can wallow in the mess of the past! So, do not phone me for a coaching appointment. You may just run the risk of healing the past, to be free to live the present, to be able to create the future. 

These are the first 4 rules of failure … there are many more but part of failure is to fail to give it to you! They will only follow in the next blogs.  
Part  2 will have 8 more rules on failure in the eight areas of life.

Last warning: Some people say it is possible to fail forward. Ignore them.


If you want more information on how to make counselling/coaching appointments or book dr Gustav Gous for motivational talks, contact admin@gustavgous.co.za 
If you want  interventions for your team: Contact +27 12 3455931   0r  0845138312 (Speak to Karen) or email gustav@gustavgous.co.za to discuss possibilities. 

Disclaimer:    Important notice to you as the reader:  Although the life coach (dr Gustav Gous) provide certain recommendations, the sole and final responsibility for decision-making remains your own and that the life coach or anybody associated to him and his company Short Walk Seminars Pty Ltd cannot be held responsible for any of your choices and reactions. You, the reader, must take full responsibility for your life, reactions and choices.  


www.gustavgousonline.com 

Dr Gustav Gous  is an International Motivational Speaker and Executive Life Coach with experience on 5 continents. He 
was the in-house counselor for the petro-chemical company Sasol for 9 years. He is known for his Transformational leadership programmes on Robben Island, titled the “Short Walk to Freedom”. 

He is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) and past President of the Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa and a member of the APSS (Asia Professional Speakers Singapore).  Currently he is heading up the Diversity Intelligence Institute, specializing in rolling out Diversity Intelligence interventions for 
international companies. His leadership caps does for leadership what De Bono's thinking hats did for creativity and problem solving. His Coaching programme on national Radio in South Africa RSG FM 100-104 "Fiks vir die lewe" touches the lives of many South Africans.  gustav@gustavgous.co.za    drgous@iafrica.com     www.gustavgous.co.za , www.diviin.com ,
Follow him on Twitter: @GustavGous  or on Facebook and LinkedIn .  




Sunday, May 21, 2017

A 100% life. It is possible to have a 10 out of 10 life.

A 100% life.
It is possible to have a 10 out of 10 life.

One of my young clients remarked that his observation among adults is that most people have a somewhat sad, just below the line, twilight existence ….   lives lived in semi-depression in need of anti-depressants and chemical substances to keep them going.  That is sad, but unfortunately too true. 

There must be more to life than this. Something must change - let hear what Moses 6:6 says about this:   "Lord, it can't continue like this!"   (Disclaimer Moses 6:6 = fictional!).
On Facebook , or "Fakebook" as I love to call it, and Instagram etc, people try to create the impression of a good life. The real thing is to create a life that is good on the inside , not only a life that looks good on the outside.

 But let us rather hear what real wisdom says: Believer or nonbeliever, the words of Jesus In John 10:10  makes real sense   ..  10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.  New International Version (NIV).  Or more poetic in the old King James Version (KJV)  …  I came that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.

Many people aim for longevity:  The problem with longevity is that you only want to live the full length of what is possible. What about the full width , depth and height of it? Is that just as important? I am more interested in a full life than a long life. Or better still - living life fully!

You say I am an idealist and I dream too big? , I say you think too small.  I would like to suggest the following: Ten years from now make sure that you can say you chose, designed and managed your life. You didn't settle for it. Take responsibility to make the best of it. 



  
How?
Here are the steps that I suggest in my “Get a Life in 40 days” programme.
The biggest problem is that people haven’t even defined what a 100% life would look like. And if they did, it was mostly goals of having instead of goals of becoming. A 100% life is not lying on the beach under an umbrella with a drink in your hand with a small little umbrella in it! It is finding your life purpose and living it to the full!

Here are my short and sweet, steps to design the 100% life for yourself:
(For the full program: Enrol for one of my “Get a Life” workshops close to you. )
Cape Town : 31 May 2017  https://gustavgousonline.com/collections/seminars/products/get-a-life-seminar-31-may-2017-cape-town
Pretoria : 9 June 2017  https://gustavgousonline.com/collections/seminars/products/get-a-life-seminar-09-june-2017-pretoria-gauteng 

Steps to a 100% life: 
Step 1: Accept life as the greatest gift of all ( do not curse it – use it!)
Step 2: Take 100% responsibility for your life and your own outcomes
Step 3:  Ask and accept help from parents and coaches. A person of faith will enjoy the help and guidance of God.
Step 4: See life as something you have to create: Write the life story/book, paint the canvass, write the movie script. Decide if you want to write a love story or a tragedy, and act accordingly.
Step 5: Get the design or definition of what a 100% life consists of at your life stage. Do it according to your values and according to your life purpose. 




Step 6: Do a gap analysis how far you are from your 100% life
Step 7 Get the steps in place in priority order   (The GPS of your life: Goals Priorities and Scheduling) 
Step 8. Enjoy the journey and find peace in being en route!

If you do that then you will be able to say in years to come you chose, designed and managed your life, and steered it in the right direction. 

f you want more information on how to make counselling/coaching appointments or book dr Gustav Gous for motivational talks, contact admin@gustavgous.co.za 
If you want  interventions for your team: Contact +27 12 3455931   0r  0845138312 (Speak to Karen) or email gustav@gustavgous.co.za to discuss possibilities. 

Disclaimer:    Important notice to you as the reader:  Although the life coach (dr Gustav Gous) provide certain recommendations, the sole and final responsibility for decision-making remains your own and that the life coach or anybody associated to him and his company Short Walk Seminars Pty Ltd cannot be held responsible for any of your choices and reactions. You, the reader, must take full responsibility for your life, reactions and choices.  


www.gustavgousonline.com 

Dr Gustav Gous  is an International Motivational Speaker and Executive Life Coach with experience on 5 continents. He 
was the in-house counselor for the petro-chemical company Sasol for 9 years. He is known for his Transformational leadership programmes on Robben Island, titled the “Short Walk to Freedom”. 

He is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) and past President of the Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa and a member of the APSS (Asia Professional Speakers Singapore).  Currently he is heading up the Diversity Intelligence Institute, specializing in rolling out Diversity Intelligence interventions for 
international companies. His leadership caps does for leadership what De Bono's thinking hats did for creativity and problem solving. His Coaching programme on national Radio in South Africa RSG FM 100-104 "Fiks vir die lewe" touches the lives of many South Africans.  gustav@gustavgous.co.za    drgous@iafrica.com     www.gustavgous.co.za , www.diviin.com ,
Follow him on Twitter: @GustavGous  or on Facebook and LinkedIn .  

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Get going: The GPS of Goal setting. Master the art: 10 steps

Get going: The GPS of Goal setting
Master the art: 10 steps 

We all are at point A in your lives. My question is – how happy are you at point A? If not 100% happy, then you must make a plan to go to point B that stands for Better or even BEST. 
If you stay at point A there will be no improvement in your happiness rating. It is common sense. But common sense is not yet common practice. Most people sit at point A and complain, moan, or make excuses. 
The successful people among us have discovered: It is better to make a plan, than to make an excuse. It is better to get a goal and  GPS to go to a better place. Bill Copeland said: “The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.”

Lazy people have too few or no goals. They just drift and bemoan the beach they end up on. Intelligent people have many goals – too many. The problem is, that they are paralyzed because they have too many goals. They try to aim at 20 things simultaneously and hit none.  Four rabbits in sight, ... none in the pot. People with too many good goals feel a bit overwhelmed and then  they start to procrastinate:  They waste time on a really unimportant goal, instead of the first thing they actually have to do first.




Get a GPS: 
To go in real life from point A to point B you need a GPS. Not the normal GPS (Global Positioning System) that we nowadays use on road trips. Rather a GPS that stands for GOALS , PRIORITIES, SCHEDULING.  You must not only clarify all the goals in your life to take your life to the next level, but also arrange them in priority order. You determine the priorities through the following question: Which goal, if achieved, will result in the highest improvement of my happiness rating. And then the second goal resulting in the second highest improvement, and then the 3rd …, 4th, 5th, etc.

The way to do it, is to do it in the context of your overall life plan, with the help of a coach. Sports coaching is easy: The goal is clear: The Cup the World Cup or the Medal. It is all about implementation coaching to go from a state where we don’t have the Cup , to a situation where we have it!

Life coaching is a twofold process: You first have to clarify what point B (the better future) is, and only then put the steps in place to get there. It is first (i) clarification coaching (within the context of an overall life plan), and then (ii) implementation coaching.

The best way to do clarification coaching is the one day “Get a Life” workshop where you redesign your life, plan your next chapter, and walk away on that day with a GPS: a clear cut picture of exactly what to do to go to a better B:  The GPS list the top 10 Goals in Priority order, which you can Schedule into your daily activities to move step by step to your better future.

Welcome to join me on one of these workshops in the near future:
Pretoria 9 June 2017  https://gustavgousonline.com/collections/seminars/products/get-a-life-seminar-09-june-2017-pretoria-gauteng   , or any subsequent date in South Africa or other countries elsewhere in the world.

The outcome of these workshops is your GPS: Your top 10 list of prioritized goals. Once you have this top 10 list, then you must master the art of Goal setting.

There is the short methodology, and the 10 step methodology.

The short methodology is easy : You describe where you are (A), you describe where you want to be (B), you list the action steps to get there, you remind yourself of the benefits of achieving this goal, and you list solutions to all the obstacles that stand in your way in achieving this goal.


The longer, more detailed 10 steps of goal setting can be used for more complex goals:

1.      Action step 1: WRITE DOWN YOUR GOAL  ( They must be SMART: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Realistic, and Tangible)
Here you clarify the goal crystal clear.

2.       Action step 2: ALIGN YOUR GOAL WITH YOUR PERSONAL VALUE SYSTEM
Is it in line with what you stand for? You want money, but robbing a bank may be against your value system.

3.       Action step 3: IDENTIFY THE BENEFITS OF ACHIEVING YOUR GOAL
List all the reasons ‘why’ you want to achieve this goal. The bigger the ‘why’ the easier the ‘how’.

4.       Action step 4: IDENTIFY ALL THE POSSIBLE OBSTACLES THAT YOU MAY HAVE TO OVERCOME IN ORDER TO ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS

5.       Action step 5: IDENTIFY THE STRATEGIES AND SOLUTIONS FOR OVERCOMING ANY POSSIBLE OBSTACLES

6.      Action step 6: IDENTIFY THE RESOURCES NEEDED TO OBTAIN YOUR GOALS
It can be people and things. It is about the ‘where’, ‘who’, ‘how’ and ‘with what’ or ‘with whom’.

7.       Action step 7: LIST THE AFFIRMATIONS TO SUPPORT YOUR GOALS.
Affirmations are positive self-talk where you state a future reality as a current reality: I am the best mother in South Africa, or the best cricket player in the school,

8.       Action step 8: WRITE DOWN YOUR INTERMEDIATE OBJECTIVES
Here you write down the action steps one by one. What must I do first, in order to be able to do the next step. This is the important scheduling part of goal setting. In big projects this is the detailed project plan that must be managed.

9.       Action step 9: PRACTICE VISUALIZATION FOR YOUR GOALS
Awaken your sub-conscious mind through imagery. Visualize yourself achieving the goal. It is important not to only visualize the end result, but especially doing the actions that will result in achieving the goal. Do not only visualize yourself on the podium at the athletics meeting. Also visualize yourself in the gym and exercising on the track, come sunshine or rain.

10  Action step 10:   SET A DEFINITE COMPLETION DATE
There is nothing like a deadline to focus your mind and help you to choose your action in a specific moment.




This is the example on how to do goal setting  form my book “Get-a-Life in 40 days”  page 48.

I close with a few inspirational quotes:
“The trouble with not having a goal is that you can spend your life running up and down the field and never score.” —Bill Copeland
“All who have accomplished great things have had a great aim, have fixed their gaze on a goal which was high, one which sometimes seemed impossible.” —Orison Swett Marden
“Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act. There is no other route to success.” —Pablo Picasso
“Success is the progressive realization of a worthy goal or ideal.” —Earl Nightingale

“A goal properly set is halfway reached.” —Zig Ziglar

Get Going - go for your goal!



If you want more information on how to make counselling/coaching appointments or book dr Gustav Gous for motivational talks, contact admin@gustavgous.co.za 
If you want  interventions for your team: Contact +27 12 3455931   0r  0845138312 (Speak to Karen) or email gustav@gustavgous.co.za to discuss possibilities. 

Disclaimer:    Important notice to you as the reader:  Although the life coach (dr Gustav Gous) provide certain recommendations, the sole and final responsibility for decision-making remains your own and that the life coach or anybody associated to him and his company Short Walk Seminars Pty Ltd cannot be held responsible for any of your choices and reactions. You, the reader, must take full responsibility for your life, reactions and choices.  


www.gustavgousonline.com 

Dr Gustav Gous  is an International Motivational Speaker and Executive Life Coach with experience on 5 continents. He 
was the in-house counselor for the petro-chemical company Sasol for 9 years. He is known for his "Get-a-Life Workshops and his  Transformational leadership programmes on Robben Island, titled the “Short Walk to Freedom”. 

He is a Certified Speaking Professional (CSP) and past President of the Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa and a member of the APSS (Asia Professional Speakers Singapore).  He is the founding President of the Professional speakers Association of Namibia. Currently he is heading up the Diversity Intelligence Institute, specializing in rolling out Diversity Intelligence interventions for 
international companies. His leadership caps does for leadership what De Bono's thinking hats did for creativity and problem solving. His Coaching programme on national Radio in South Africa RSG FM 100-104 "Fiks vir die lewe" touches the lives of many South Africans.  gustav@gustavgous.co.za    drgous@iafrica.com     www.gustavgous.co.za , www.diviin.com ,

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