Q. How do I use this site?
A. You can focus on areas you need to improve but for maximum benefit we recommend working through all the sections. See also How to use this site.
Q. How long will it take?
A. It depends on how you use the site. Each exercise takes 20-30 minutes but you also need time for acting and review.
Q. Should I keep the results?
A. We recommend you either print off or email the results of each exercise to yourself. And re-do the exercises regularly to check your progress.
Q. How do I print off a page?
A. Most pages have a 'Utilities' panel that allows you to print off an individual page. However, if you want to print off your results for an entire exercise use the 'Print' icon at the end of the exercise.
Q. How can I bookmark a page?
A. On the 'Utilities' panel there is an option to bookmark a page. Just click the link and your browser will store it in your Favourites/Bookmarks list.
Q. How can I get help?
A. Many pages have a help panel on them that gives you hints and tips. Those hints and tips are all available in one place further down on this page. If you want to return to this page at any point you can use the 'Help' link at the top of the any page, or the 'Got a question?' link on the 'Utilities' panel.
Q. How can I contact Windmills?
A. Contact details for Windmills are available on the About Windmills page.
A. Doing the exercises on your own is fine but it's always good to discuss your results with a critical friend.
A. Right through your career – though different sections will be more relevant at different stages.
A. Yes, acting on your Life Fitness Check will help you move towards the life you want. Keep revisiting this Check and you'll see your scores – and prospects – go on improving.
I've got more skills than I think
A. List all the things in life you've loved doing and feel you've achieved. Then list the skills you've gained in each case.
A. Having a lot of one colour could indicate the type of role that's ideal for you. A mix suggests you might combine a variety of roles.
A. Avoid 'burn-out' – spend 80% of the time on your prime skills but only 20% on skills you don't enjoy.
A. Check your motivation is strong enough. Focus on one single thing you're really passionate about and be ruthless about making time for this.
A. Be single-minded for once – even if it means saying no or compromising. Take small steps rather than tackling everything at once.
A. Other areas of your working, learning, playing and giving may offer ways of getting these things e.g. volunteering or learning something new.
Believing I can do it
A. This is common. Don't feel straight jacketed into one character. Focus on the guidance that appears most appropriate to your situation.
A. We can all have such issues. Start by trying just one of the top tips. Spending time on Section 1 'Where Am I' will also boost your self-belief.
A. List everyone you know and ask them if they know a person in this role. You just need one person to start the process off.
A. Always ask if there is anyone else they could suggest.
A. Practicing with someone you already know. Are you lacking confidence or just being lazy? Try the 'Believing I Can Do It' exercise.
Creating my picture
A. Give your safekeeping voice a holiday for 10 minutes. Be creative and write down your gut answers at once. Nobody else needs to see them.
A. Have you made the most of all the other exercises on the site? They may give you ideas.
A. You should keep coming back to keep it developing. Just start the exercise again or print your answers and add notes.
A. Use this as a template. You can either print off this page and add your own or write down in a notebook.
A. Is the wall the problem – or is it your attitude? Just changing 1% will give you some control to work with.
A. Put them on the relevant pile anyway. Think how they're already motivating you to carry on.
A. Focus on the things that motivate you most. Is what you're doing working, or do you need to try new things?
A. Do this exercise with someone else. Talking through the options may generate new ideas.
Who can help me?
A. Make sure that people who know you well understand what you need – they might just know someone. Listen to anyone they suggest.
A. No, but remember that , as with a band, you need a good mix of people backing you to get to No.1.
A. It may feel like that at times but it takes time and energy to reach your goals. The more you do it, the easier it gets.
Getting into the lifetime habit
A. Remind yourself the clock is ticking. Don't reach Sunday night and have lots of regrets.
A. Remember this is an ongoing process. Try the Life Fitness Check again to see how you've moved on and spot development needs. Review all feedback and actions on a regular basis.