Welcome back to “Empower The Vision In You” coaching series of blogs. This is coaching tip #14 in a series over 30 days. Each one builds upon the one before it. In the last coaching blog, I wrote about how the Law of Attraction can work for you. Today, I am going to write about coaching tip #14, the power of goal setting and taking action.
First, let’s talk about the common goal setting problems. Getting started and procrastination are always #1. Think about it. When you say to the air, I want to be, do, or have whatever it is–that is exactly what it is–talking to the air. A plan with a date needs to be written out. There is no right time to begin. Begin right now. Sometimes goals lack clarity or are too unrealistic and that gives us an excuse to say, “Why bother”?
One of the biggest problems for goal setting is listening to others-especially negative opinions of others. It is very important to close our minds to discouraging talk. Sometimes we have to remove ourselves from being around people who are not encouraging while we are moving forward.
Lack of self-belief which comes from past experiences or conditioning can also get in the way. You are going to learn to overcome those limiting or negative beliefs and attitudes because they are holding you back. Listening to self-talk is key while completing the goal setting process. When a negative thought or a discouraging thought comes into your mind, you will immediately replace it with a positive opposite comment to go in its place. For example, let’s say that you want to lose ten pounds. You might say, “I’ve tried this before and I can never get over the hump of losing those last ten pounds. I just can’t do it”.
The key here now is to listen to and be aware of your thoughts as much as possible. Immediately, you would replace the negative talk to maybe this, “I have tried to lose ten pounds before and this time I will lose it as nothing can stand in my way. I am motivated and I will do it. I am feeling confident and excited that I am resisting the urge to dive into the refrigerator instead of just walking by it.”.
Being able to track your progress is very important. If you don’t evaluate your progress once a week, how can you monitor how you are doing? It is a very important key component. You must be persistent and not lose patience. Surround yourself with people who are inspiring and motivating. Let’s start with one goal. We will call this a priority goal. If you have a goal in mind then you can begin there. If you go to my website and scroll down, there is the Wheel of Life—send an email and I will send attachments and directions to complete the Wheel of Life exercise. Once you complete the exercise, you will have the area needing work and that is where you will begin…
The Wheel of Life is a visual representation of the eight different areas of life and the harmony and balance they have in relation to each other—at the present moment. There is a rating scale I designed that will help with completing the exercise. It will help to pinpoint an area of life that if worked on will take you from your present path to a more desirable journey.
After you pinpoint the area, make a list of all the positive outcomes that you would experience in your life if you were to make a major improvement in this area. Also, ask yourself the question, “ Am I ready to make a commitment to improving this area? Is the Why I want to improve it so big that I’m are ready to literally change my life?”
Be on the lookout for tip #15