Establish Achievable Goals
FOCUS1 LLC Life Coaches understand the importance of developing rapport with our clients in order to create goals that are practical, measurable, and attainable. No one wants to fail or fall short of their goals, but the truth is success does not happen accidentally, instantaneously, or overnight. Success is obtained through a deliberate, consistent, process of completing small manageable goals with the intention of achieving more substantial ones over a specified period of time. Success can be measured and defined in three stages:
- The Beginning – In this stage, the client takes inventory of where they are. It is imperative that a person’s initial assessment be a true reflection of their circumstances, not as they see it, but how things actually are. Goals contrived from unrealistic or skewed perspectives typify someone that is either oblivious to or avoiding the truth of their current state. When a person is unwilling to accept the reality of their condition, it hinders the opportunity for advancement because it impedes their ability to acknowledge and affirm the work that needs to be done in order to change their life or make progress in a goal. The beginning is also the stage where the client determines what success looks like for them and designs a vision plan with their Life Coach that allows them to evaluate their progress and guides them as they work to achieve their desired goal.
- The Middle – In this stage, clients must consistently work the vision plan they developed with their Life Coach. It is crucial for the client and coach to re-evaluate the client’s progress on a continuous basis to determine whether a goal needs to be modified or rescinded. The more proficient a person becomes at identifying and redressing areas that impede their progress, the more successful they will become at achieving and maintaining their goals.
- The Beginning – (No, this is not a typo) The next stage after the middle is not the end. The end comes when a person ceases to exist, not after a client obtains their goal, and this is the reason why. When a client accomplishes a goal, the bar is raised higher, and they are now functioning on a new level. This may be a level they’ve never been on before or a level they have reached, but failed to maintain. It is imperative for the client to integrate the skills, techniques, and strategies they’ve learned into their daily regimen, in order to sustain their success, which becomes a new goal in itself. Also, after the client achieves their initial goal they have more confidence to pursue other goals; therefore, the cycle is ongoing.