As coaches, we may ponder with the thoughts of planning and goal setting in our lives and with our clients. One coach may have a driven type of personality whereby she will make a plan and accomplish it no matter what, while others are not driven in the same way. Either way, we hit more of our targets in life when we set goals. Coaches also know that we need to be able to help our clients develop certain strategies, which will help them plan, set goals, perform better in life and move toward desired outcomes.
Personally, I strive for success in my life by planning and setting goals all the time. Once I reach a goal, I immediately set a new goal. Life is all about change. Some changes are good while others are challenging and even painful. When you get into the habit of planning and setting goals, you develop resilience for the processes of change in life. In other words, you get accustomed to facing a new challenge and pressing through until you accomplish your goal, despite the hardships along the way.
When you think about planning and setting goals, use the following as a guideline:
- Set a goal
- Write it down (with a backup plan or two!)
- Have accountability partners to keep you on track
- Set a deadline
- Reach the goal and celebrate in a way that honors the accomplishment
Of course, there is a little bit more to it than this, but that is why working with a life coach can be so powerful. Do not be afraid of the goal planning and setting process. Something wonderful awaits you on the other side.
May the Lord give you the desires of your heart and make all your plans succeed.
Author: Karen Kornik, ACC, CPLC, CCNI Treasurer