If you've been following me for awhile, you know that I'm pretty damn obsessed with the goal setting process. I spend a lot of time, energy & blog space on goals because they're how. shit. gets. done. Point blank.
I'm not saying goals are all that matters - there are definitely conversations to be had around mindset, time management, limiting beliefs, etc. But I do believe that having solid goals that you regularly refer back to is HOW you uncover and work through all of those obstacles.
Your goals are your guidebook, your guru & your gumption, all rolled up in one.
Like many of you, I set some ambitious goals in January, and I've been steadily working towards them. There are days & weeks I've felt unsure, distracted and unmotivated. The great thing about having my specific goals written out is that it eliminates the guesswork for how to get back on track.
When I feel bored, disconnected, or like I'm treading water in life and biz, I look back to my goal card.
I take an action that day that directly contributes to my goal(s). That's it. That is the secret to making your goals possible - powerful goal setting, regular revisiting, and constant contribution to the end result.
Halfway through my time with my private coaching clients, I always have them complete a simple goal audit. This allows them to gently be reminded of the ambitions they were chasing when they sought out a coach. This generally leads to one of three outcomes:
- Pride in their progress and reassurance that their path is truly working
- An inspirational wake up call to refocus their time and energy where they matter
- A revision of the goals to better align with new dreams (not just distractions!)
What I want all my clients & you to know is that all 3 results are good. Your goal audit should never be a source of shame, but an opportunity to reclaim the anticipation and fun of beginning of the year goal setting. Make it a celebration - even if it's a wake up call! You're learning what does and doesn't work for you as you chase your dreams, and that's a beautiful thing.
I hope you'll give the goal audit a chance, and incorporate it into your regular routines. You can use it every six months, every month or even at the end of each week - whenever you need a big picture understanding of your progress.
Let me know how it goes! If you run into any difficulties or notice any potential learning opportunities for yourself, leave a comment or email me here for some personalized feedback. Use the subject line "My goal audit," and I'll get back to you in a jiffy!
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