Why Set Goals?

Why Set Goals?

My son asked yesterday why goals were necessary. He seemed to feel his current goal of all A?s and B?s is just so much wrrrrrrrrrrrrrk. This from a kid who is so smart his homework takes him 1/2 an hour at the most. And is always the first or second in his class to finish a test. Basically what we reminded him was how successful, impressively so, he can be when he gives himself laser-like focus to achieve something. Be it doing a new trick at the skate park or getting an A on a test in his least favorite subject when his phone privileges are on the line. But…… it?s a good question. Most of the time, setting goals is the best thing we can do for ourselves. Studies have shown that by simply taking the time to define the things we want to Be, Do and Have, we will get there. The funny thing is – just by doing that one thing of announcing to ourselves what we want, even if we don?t look at that list again for a year – we are more likely to have accomplished all or part of that list. Simply because we gave our subconscious mind something to focus on. Our subconscious is focusing on something allllllll the time. A good portion of this time, it?s focused on what other people want/wanted for us. What advertisers want us to focus on, who our boss, our spouse, our parents, our grandparents, our teacher in 2nd grade all wanted us to Be, Do and Have. Isn?t it about time we let our own...
Why Use A Business Coach?

Why Use A Business Coach?

We know instinctively the value of a coach for athletes, but a lot of times we forget how sports and the rest of our life can correlate. Coaches can be used for a variety of things. And the best sessions have objectives and set action steps agreed to in between each session for the client, so that traction in life if made. And results are more easily achieved. For small business owners, coaches are a great sounding board and wealth of information. Sometime they also help us remember some of the things we forgot that worked so well in the past. They help us get back to basics in ways we can?t do on our own because we are too wrapped up in the day to day issues and the emotional charge surrounding them. Like sales, marketing and managing our people, driving results of smaller projects and keeping it all in perspective. And a lot of times, as strange as it sounds, or as simple as it sounds – being able to talk out loud about the issues and stresses of running or managing a company, to an unbiased, yet supportive coach can be highly helpful in enabling clarity within the mind of the executive. Coaches are great for executives and junior executives as well. Coaches can help their clients brainstorm ways to meet and exceed their current challenges and obligations. Sometimes also acting as a sounding board for ideas, and ways to deal with a particular challenging person or work project. Offering accountability if an executive needs a little push in making it through a project they don?t...
Before Setting Goals: Acknowledge Accomplishments

Before Setting Goals: Acknowledge Accomplishments

The beginning of the year is always a great time to take stock of the past year and come up with some new goals, or re-emphasis of existing goals. Sometimes this process can feel like a pointless endeavor, because we can become some hung up on feeling that not all goals were accomplished, so why bother. I have definitely felt this way from time to time. So I wanted to share a technique introduced to me by Jayne Johnson (http://theclearingsight.com) in her goal?s?workshop. But which many other leaders and teachers espouse and practice as well. This is a simple technique. But let me say that the first time I did it, and then read my list allowed to someone else, I cried. I cried because for me, I never really stopped and celebrated the wins along the way. And I was overwhelmed by just how much I had accomplished in the previous year, which up until that point I had not given myself credit for. This year I did this process with my boyfriend – and we both found it to be very freeing. As we began to feel less beat up about not accomplishing everything that was on our list – and realized we had accomplished quite a bit together and separately to be proud of. And afterward, we were both much more willing and receptive to reviewing and modifying upcoming goals for the year, with a renewed sense of ability to achieve. So here it is: Take a few pieces of paper and give yourself 5 minutes to write down everything you have accomplished in the past...