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Execute Success: The Evaluation Process
I saw a fleet of fishing boats . . . I flew down almost touching the craft and yelled at them, asking if I was on the right road to Ireland. They just stared. Maybe they didn’t hear me. Maybe I didn’t hear them. Or maybe they thought I was just a crazy fool. An hour later I saw land.
The steps outlined in these next postings will measure your progress on a daily, weekly and phase-to-phase basis. We have segmented the postings into the following discussions:
I: Daily Task Measurement.
II: Weekly Goal and Benchmark Evaluation
III: Weekly Role Evaluation
IV: Daily Character Attribute Evaluation
V: Weekly Character Attribute Evaluation
VI: Life Phase Evaluation
VII: Starting a New Life Phase
VIII: Objective and Goal Evaluation
V: Weekly Character Attribute Evaluation
You will complete a weekly character evaluation when you plan your goals and benchmarks for the new week. The evaluation measures your development for the week as explained in the attribute chapters. You may also assign new character attribute goals for the week as appropriate. See the illustration below.
Chapters 7-11 outlined the steps that plan and measure your character development. You begin by developing one character attribute at a time (begin with the physical attribute). You will develop and strengthen this attribute for two consecutive weeks (11 or more days) before developing a second character attribute. You will repeat this cycle for all five attributes — developing each respective attribute for two consecutive weeks before taking on a new character attribute. Complete the steps in Chapters 7-11 as instructed. These steps will help you develop each character attribute as intended.
Below is a flow chart that summarizes the steps from Chapters 7-11. You will refer to this chart frequently when planning character development programs for the week.
Note the term, Attribute 1.1. This term refers to one of the five character attributes and its first character change or development. Note the term, Attribute 1.2. This term refers to the same character attribute and its second character change or development. Let’s use two examples to explain these terms.
You decide to develop your physical attribute by jogging 30 minutes each morning. You will then assign the term Attribute 1.1 to represent the physical character attribute(1) and its development goal, jogging(1). After successfully jogging for 10 consecutive weeks, you decide to set a new physical development goal such as eating a low-fat diet. You will then assign the term Attribute 1.2 to represent the physical attribute(1) and its development goal, low -fat diet(2). Attribute 1.1 references the physical development goal, jogging. Attribute 1.2 references the physical development goal, low-fat diet.
Note the term, Attribute 2.1. This term refers to the second of the five character attributes and its first character change or development. Note the term, Attribute 2.2. This term refers to the same character attribute and its second character change or development. For example, you decide to develop your physical temperance attribute by moderating your alcohol consumption to 1 drink per day. You will then assign the term Attribute 2.1 to represent the attribute physical temperance(2) and its development goal, moderation in drinking.
After successfully moderating your drinking habits for ten consecutive weeks, you decide to set a new physical temperance goal, such as limiting television time to 30 minutes each day. You will then assign the term Attribute 2.2 to represent the attribute physical temperance(2) and its development goal, limit television time(2).
Attribute 2.1 references the physical temperance goal, moderation in drinking. Attribute 2.2 references the physical temperance goal, limit television time. The term Attribute 3.1 references the third character attribute and its first character change or development.
I recommend the following assignment of terms:
Attribute 1:n Physical Attribute
Attribute 2:n Physical Temperance Attribute
Attribute 3:n Education Attribute
Attribute 4:n Social Attribute
Attribute 5:n Spiritual Attribute
n: refers to the development goal.
The order in which you shape your character is your decision. Your objective is to round your character and increase discipline. You are changing yourself physically, educationally, socially and spiritually. The length of time to make these changes will differ among people. The flow chart suggests that it takes at least ten consecutive weeks to make a character change. You may need more or less than ten weeks depending on your attribute goal and strength.
Note from the flow chart that you will remove Attribute 1.1 from your attribute development plan after ten consecutive weeks. Attribute 1.1 should become part of your character and will no longer be part of your weekly planning session. You will continue to strengthen Attribute 1.1, but more on a routine basis rather than on a planning basis. You should now plan and develop Attribute 1.2 for two consecutive weeks along with Attributes 2.1, 3.1, 4.1, and 5.1.
After successfully completing Attribute 2.1 for ten consecutive weeks, Attribute 2.1 becomes part of your character and is dropped from the attribute development plan. You should now plan and develop Attribute 2.2 for two consecutive weeks along with Attributes 1.2, 3.1, 4.1, and 5.1. This process repeats itself indefinitely for the rest of your life.
You will notice after several months that your character is becoming more rounded. You will have increased strength and discipline in all five character attributes. Your ability to accomplish feats will become easier. Physical, educational, social and spiritual feats that were impossible a few months ago will become part of your character.
The development pattern that you use to strengthen your character may change over time. You may find yourself doing more sporadic development of your character to keep in-shape. For example, you may develop Attributes 1.5, 3.4, and 5.2 for a stated period. Then after awhile, you may change this pattern and develop Attributes 1.3, 2.2, and 4.5. You may even repeat past character development goals if, for example, you fail to jog each morning as you did in the past.
Changing the pattern and alternating your character development goals is much like working atop a potter’s wheel. The potter shapes and reshapes a bowl to maintains its perfect circumference. If you shape one part of your character more than the other parts, a rounded character can easily become disfigured, much like a bowl that becomes disfigured by the disjointed movement of the potter’s hands.
Character changes are not guaranteed to be permanent. Disruptions or changes in your live can easily revert a strong character back into weak character. Keeping your character in-shape is much like cultivating a garden. You may shape the most beautiful garden over time, but simple neglect can reverse hours of painstaking work. In an unattended garden, weeds return and plague your furrowed rolls of vegetables and flowers.
To return the garden to its pristine beauty, you must go back into the garden and repeat the gardening process of weeding, cultivating, fertilizing, pruning, etc. This same analogy holds true for character development. Simple neglect in your character development can revert you to your weakened position. You must return and redevelop the character attribute that has become weakened. It is a process of shaping and reshaping your character that will last for the rest of your life.
Next week: we move onto VI: Life Phase Evaluation
You can find the day planning systems we are illustrating in this discussion in our FREE appendix file (Appendix as Form-N and Forms O.1-O.7 ).
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