We all have those people in our lives that seem to be exceptional at reaching their goals, whether in business or in their personal lives. They zoom past the rest of us, ticking things off their to-do list, grabbing goals is if achieving what you’ve always wanted achieve was easy. It may not ever be easy, but it can be easier, with the right coaching and the right training. One of the main tenants of coaching is helping you identify, plan for, and reach your goals. Here are some simple steps to get started identifying goals that you can actually reach:
1. Learn to be specific in your goal setting. In order for you to be able to reach a goal, you have to know what that goal is. “Earning more money,” for example, is not specific enough to actually be obtainable. “Earning $2000 more a month,” on the other hand, is a specific goal—something that can be monitored and easily measured. It is also extremely important to give yourself a time frame.
2. Keep it simple. Another mistake that many people make as they set goals, is that their goals are too multifaceted. There are too many moving parts. Take the example above, again. Earning $2000 more a month is a very simple, straightforward goal. A goal like, “Earning $2000 more a month and moving to Hawaii and retiring at age 45, etc.” is far too complicated.
3. Make it significant. Don’t make goals that will not really have any impact on your life. It has to really motivate you and be something that you want to achieve, for the betterment of your situation. If you don’t yet know what a goal like that could be, coaching may be able to help you clarify the concept.
4. Write it down. There are varying theories as to whether telling your friends and family about your goal can actually help you achieve it. There is no doubt as to whether or not writing it down can help. Write down your goal, but also start writing down the smaller steps and goals that lead to your larger goal. For example, if your goal is lose five pounds in a month, write down the steps that will allow you to do that, including a specific exercise and diet plan. Also, write down the benefits of achieving that goal, so when you feel your motivation starting to slip, you can look back and see why you wanted to do this in the first place.
5. Consult with a coach. Coaching is a great resource, especially for those who struggle with motivating themselves and finding solutions to their own problems (or even identifying those problems). If you have a goal that you want to reach, but find it is too complicated, unmeasurable, etc., a coach can help lead the way.
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