Are you stuck when it comes to getting started?
When I first started out on my own after leaving the corporate world, I wrote down a short vision of why I was in business.
I then setup goals which would help me make this vision a reality.
Actually, it wasn’t nothing.
It was a feeling of being overwhelmed, completely paralyzed by the sheer amount of work required just to get to step one.
Why setting goals doesn’t bring progress
The biggest secret, which many coaches won’t share with you, is that setting goals isn’t progress.
You don’t need a coach to set goals, we all do it naturally, at this time of the year it’s called New Year resolutions.
Looking back at what was in 2011 and planning for 2012, is a first step and more often than not the last one to achieving success.
Setting goals, planning and reading about HOW to prepare and build a goal calendar doesn’t get you an inch closer to achieving your goals.
Basically you need to take action, in a sustainable way.
The myth of the right time and the perfect idea
Due to the abundant volume of data we are drowning in these days through blogs, social media and TV you can research your business idea or how to price your services for hours everyday for the rest of your life.
Then just when you think you have a good grasp of what you are looking to achieve, a new bright shinny tool comes along.
These a one-size fits all solutions don’t work, stop buying them.
Finally, as you are getting ready to jump and take action on your new goals, a tiny voice starts to murmur these words:
“Is it really the right time to start?”
These little words killed more careers and businesses than every recession in the history of mankind.
How to get started
1 Choosing a lifestyle
-When I moved to France I wanted more time to spend with my family, less commuting, more time to write and help others, fewer board-room meetings.
I also chose to live in a tiny village, which meant I had to dig a trench and pull the internet cable to my house, this isn’t big city life. All these factors make my lifestyle and indirectly dictate my goals.
- How do you want to live?
- Where do you want to spend your time doing?
- Who do you want to spend your time with?
2 Choose goals which are consistent with your lifestyle
If you want to achieve a big move in your career next year but you want to have every weekend free to go out with your friends, do you see how this is not going to work?
Similarly, if you want to lose weight and get fitter but you spend your time with people who love to smoke, eat junk food and drink, you are setting yourself up for failure.
Who your surround yourself with and which lifestyle you want to experience matters, a lot, to get you started.
3 Find someone to keep you accountable
As a life coach I’m a professional at accountability. I make sure I keep my clients on track with their chosen goals and offer an outsiders’s perspective on their efforts.
We don’t reach every goal we set for ourselves in life.
We fall off the wagon, but to in order to fall we first need to start.
When you know someone is waiting to hear about your quest, your efforts to reach your goal, it makes it a lot harder NOT to start.
What is your stopping you from starting, today on your 2012 goals?
Still not sure how to start? Give me a shout and I’ll be happy to help!
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