Heading into 2017, I wanted to create some concrete goals for myself and my business. There I was, a coach, posting frequently about goal setting and how important it was, especially as the new year was approaching, and I had no goals of my own. In the back of my mind, I knew needed to create goals. What was it going to be – lose 5 pounds, have a more balanced life or be a kinder person? None of these felt quite right to me so I took zero action.
Soon after I tabled my goals, I noticed a colleague of mine, also a certified iPEC Coach, was offering a 3 session program called “YOUR YES YEAR.” This resonated with me and I immediately signed up. And I am so glad I did!
Over 3 sessions we figured out what I wanted most out of 2017, what could get in my way and finally, what would motivate me to get past those blocks. As a coach, I believe in the power of coaching, which is why I use one. I also believe in accountability, which is why I am sharing my goals here, publicly with you.
Here are my top 3 goals:
(1) To achieve my definition of success with Tishler Coaching:
I want to to work a specific (there is a range) number of hours per week, with a specific number of clients. I want to stay at this level of workload so that I can manage the other things in my life such as family and personal balance. I also want to continue to educate myself and take an additional (ICF) certification exam by the end of the year. To achieve the above, I need to have a written marketing plan, I need to network and I need to get involved in an event. I have committed to doing these things. I think if I do them well, my coaching practice will meet my definition of success.
(2) To be more patient, appreciative and accepting:
I want to do more with what I have. This means to be mindful of my trigger points (things that irritate me) and watching my reaction to things. I need to notice what I have and not what I don’t. This means to be grateful for the things others do for me instead of what I wish they would do. I want to communicate better, slow down and be distracted less. I plan to run a minimum of twice a week in addition to whatever else I do for exercise, get to bed earlier and schedule some downtime for me. I am committed to this goal. If I achieve this, I will be better able to manage goal #1.
(3) To stay connected:
Being connected to others fulfills me and is something I strive to do well. Now more than ever, as I forge ahead as a coach and entrepreneur, I want to be sure to keep up the connections I have both professionally and personally. I want to make sure I check in with the people in my life that mean the most to me. I will achieve this by frequently doing a mental roll call in addition to writing down specific reasons to reach out to others vs just thinking about doing it. I will disconnect more from the digital world and connect more in real life. I will strive to remain focused and be a better listener. I am committed to this goal and I believe staying on track with this goal will help me with #1 and #2.
For first time in my life I have written goals with a clear action plan! I have to admit this brought up many feelings of vulnerability for me. What if I fail to achieve these goals? The truth is, it’s not the actual goal, rather the plan, that matters to me. I might not achieve all of the goals, all of the time, but as long as I consistently strive to, I am ok with that. It’s the action plans leading to the goals that excites me.
I do have a strong desire to achieve these three goals. By identifying them, owning them and sharing them, I can now start to work towards them with a sense of accountability.
Write down those goals! Make a plan! After all, a goal without a plan is just a wish.
If I can help you in any way, you know where to find me. And if you are looking for some inspiration check out Tishler Coaching Services on Instagram and Facebook!
All the best in 2017.
This post was written and published by Stephanie Tishler, CPC, a Career, Life, and Business Coach based in Glastonbury, CT. Read more from Stephanie’s blog here, or unlock your potential with 1:1 coaching services!