Yesterday we talked about “drawing a line in the sand”, hitting reset when we are stuck. Each month I set goal in my business – some months I struggle while others I knock it out of the park. I am one of those always looking for the next coaching opportunity to help me get through a rough spot. Did you know you, can actually coach yourself?
Thank you Valerie Burton for sharing these seven questions and inspiring me to troubleshoot some of my own challenges. I’m not saying business coaching is not necessary or helpful but sometimes we can work through the challenges on our own to help us grow and move out of our comfort zone. Let’s get started:
1. What are your three most important values?
Values are the concepts and principles you feel are most important – what you value in your life. For example, one of my values is caring/ concern for others. Taking care of others has always been important in my life. I always wanted my own business because I wanted to make a difference in the lives of others – from the early days making premature baby clothes till now – caring for others is always in the forefront. Research says we stick to our goals when they revolve around our values. Not sure what your values are? CLICK HERE for a link to some examples. What are your three most important values?
2. What goal would best reflect those values?
Once you know your values, think about your goals and ask, “Does this goal reflect what I value?” If it doesn’t reflect them at all, then it may be time to drop the goal. If the goal reflects a little, tweak it so it represents what matters most to you. When you make your goal more meaningful, you increase the likelihood you will persevere until you reach it.
3. What are the measurable signs I’ve reached my goal?
We have all heard of S.M.A.R.T. goals, right? The bottom line is your goal should be very specific. For example, my goal to goal weight. A more specific version of this goal could be, “I’m going to lose a pound a week for the next 3 months.” It is a goal you can measure at a doable pace. It becomes about you consistently changing small habits to be successful. With a specific goal, you are able to get very specific about what you need to do in order to achieve it.
4. What skill do I need to acquire in order to be able to reach my goal?
I dream big – some would say too big. What about you? If you dream big and you haven’t reached your goal yet, maybe there is a good reason. Maybe you don’t have the skill set to fully achieve your goal. Don’t get discouraged! Acquiring the right skills can become a goal to help you reach your goal. Why “acquire” instead of “learn”? Sometimes you need to personally learn the skills and sometimes you need to find someone who has the skill so they can help you reach your goal. You might hire someone to help you or team up with a partner, or it maybe have a conversation with someone who understands what it takes to reach the goal. “Be honest with yourself ” about the skills you need to reach your goal.
5. What is my game plan for handling a setback on my way to the goal?
Let’s face it, we will have setbacks. There will be disappointments. There may be failures along the way. What happens when I don’t lose the pound a week or when my business calendar is not full? Are you ready for them or are you convinced it will never happen? SMACK! We need a game plan so 1) it’s not a surprise because you’ve already planned for it, and 2) you already know what to do. Think ahead and ask yourself: “How will I handle a setback so I bounce back quickly and keep moving forward?”
6. Who is the best person(s) to give me feedback on my progress?
Feedback or accountability is necessary for success. Talk to someone who is objective, someone who can look at your work and say, “I’ve been there, done that and here’s what will work.” Remember the old saying “Iron sharpens iron”? Ask and willing accept help from those who understand the process.
7. What is an alternative path to my goal?
Do you have a list of action steps and think there is only one way to achieve your goal? Guess what? You need to be flexible. Your path might not be the path meant to be used to reach the goal. Be open to an alternative path if your path is not working. Be flexible and creative, and sooner than not, you’ll arrive at your finish line.
What is your goal and does it reflect your values?
Have a ThirtyOne-derful day!