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Why having a goal is not enough..

· Goals,coaching

You've got your goal, business strategy or something in between. You're ready to go, can't wait to start. Whatever it is, whether you're starting a business, loosing weight or writing a book, this is all important, knowing where you're heading and when you'll arrive. However there are so many people who start off with best intentions and a couple of weeks, months, or even days something happens (something valid) and everything stalls. Once that happens it's hard to motivate yourself to start again.

I've found there are a couple more ingredients to make achieving your goals more possible when this happens.

1. Do you want this goal? This sounds like a strange question, but the number of people I have worked with that find half way through their plan, they realise this isn't really what they wanted. So take a moment, visualise achieving the goal. Visualise what it's going to take to get you there. It's ok to say that I don't want this goal, if so, change it.

2. How committed are you to achieving your goal? You're going to say very? But bare with me. On a scale of 1 to 10 (1 being the lowest and 10 the highest), how committed are you. Remember it's only you, you have to be honest with. If it's below 7, then revisit the goal. It may just need some tweaking.

2. How much of a priority is the goal? This sounds the same as the one above, but it's a little different. How much of a priority is achieving this goal in your life now? Again rate it, on a scale of 1 to 10. This is a really important one. If it is priority, this is what will kick start you into staying motivated. If it's lower than a 7, maybe you need to revisit the goal at another time. It doesn't mean you don't want it, now might not be the right time. Or is there a way to make it more of a priority in your life?

4. What's going to stop you achieving this goal? This might be something as simple as time and money, so you will need to factor these in to your actions. However it could be as big as a core belief. I was doing some coaching with a business woman. She had been in business a while. When I asked her what her financial goal was for that year she hadn't really considered it. When I pushed, she said £10,000. I asked her why it was so low. Did her husband earn a lot of money and she didn't need to make a large wage? She said no. When I investigated further, it turned out that she had core belief about making money that made her feel guilty for wanting to make money. It was disguised as 'she felt the need to be charitable and this conflicted with her making money in business'. When we discussed further and worked on this core belief, I was able to get her to feel more comfortable with earning enough money to be able to live a comfortable life and give up her 2 (yes 2 ) part time jobs, which was her aim all along. This may resonate with you, I know it did with me. Do you have a core belief or is there something else that will possibly stop you from achieving your goal?

As well as having a goal, you have to look at the above 4 ingredients and make sure that the goal is the right one, that you can make it a priority. There are going to be times when things don't go perfectly (I hope they do for you), you need to be able to have something that motivates you and that is knowing you really want to achieve what you set out to do.


Goodluck and let me know how you go.

I am an author, speaker, coach and mentor. I runs group coaching programs for women who want start a business, a blog, write a book or have a goal they want to achieve. I also does 1-2-1 coaching (check out work with me).

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