So many coaches get demoralized when, year after year, they set personal and program goals for the New Year that they keep for only a few weeks or maybe even just a few days.
How Are Those Goals You Set in 2017 Coming Along?
How are those goals you set last January coming along? Did you sign the recruits that you wanted? Set up your leadership development program? Lose that 10 pounds? Spend more time with the family? Read that book?
If so, GREAT! Good for you. You really are 1 in a million.
If you are like most coaches out there, you probably gave up on accomplishing your 2017 goals sometime at the end of January because life got crazy once school started up again after winter break. If it makes you feel any better, you’re not alone. So many coaches get demoralized when, year after year, they set personal and program goals for the New Year that they keep for only a few weeks or maybe even just a few days.
For today, I wanted to give you a few tips that will help you maybe “push the reset button” so you can finish strong these last few weeks of 2017, or at least come up with a plan that you might actually stick to in 2018.
First think about this, I have found with myself and in working with other coaches on their goals that a big reason so many goals set for the New Year fail to make it to March is that the focus is on the “what” instead of the “why” and the “how.”
As you sit down and reevaluate why you gave up on your goals or maybe came up short this year, I want you to ask yourself a few questions. First question to ask would be “why” did I make this goal in the first place? For example, if your goal is to “mange my time better in the office so I can spend more time with my family,” I want you map out what may be the root cause of the problem:
- I get into the office late
- I spend too much time emailing
- I get distracted easily
- I spend too much time gossiping with fellow coaches
- I’m not organized
- I have too many things to get done
- I get interrupted a lot during the day
Once you have identified the “why” for each goal you have, the second question to ask is “how” am I really going to make this goal a reality? Create specific personal resolves for behavior change from there.
Here are a few specific resolves:
- I will get into the office 1 hour before the rest of the staff arrives
- I will only check my email twice a day
- I will create a personal, team, and recruiting plan (contact us at Selling For Coaches if you want help with this!)
- I will make to-do lists to make sure the important things are getting done
So, if you have decided that 2018 is finally going to be the year you take serious action towards accomplishing your goals do this:
- For each goal you created for 2017, make a list of the “why’s.” What is the real reason you wanted to achieve this goal? Do this for each and every goal that you set.
- Come up with specific behavioral changes you are willing to make moving forward from here on out in order to make each goal a reality.
- Prioritize and plan. At the end of each day or at the beginning of the next, look at your schedule and block out specific times during the day that you will ONLY SPEND ON YOUR GOALS! Lock your door, turn your phone off, and shut down your email. You do nothing else during that time but the things that will help you take that next step in accomplishing your goal!
What I have found most helpful lately is that I spend the first 30 minutes of each morning now working on a goal. This action has now become step #2 of my morning ritual. # 1 is get water. #2 is now work on my goals.
I got this quote from a Brian Tracy email today and thought that it was very applicable to goal setting.
“You must do the things today that others will not do so that you can have the things tomorrow that others will not have.”
Setting goals is the easy part. Doing something every day that will bring you closer to accomplishing your goals is where it gets tough and where most coaches give up after a few weeks because they don’t understand why the need to do it, how they are going to do it, and then they fail to put it into their calendar. It is going to take a lot of discipline, planning, and no doubt it will be hard work, but it will all be well worth it in the end.
Please, if you want help in being accountable for your goals or need help tweaking them, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or email me to let me know how it goes for you. I love hearing all of your success stories of how this is working for you!!!!!
Good luck. Have a productive week.