Like a cappuccino, are goals out-dated?

August 31st, 2017 | no comments

First let me confess, I’m a ‘to-do’ list freak. Not sure what age it started but I’d be lost without them. I have multiple ‘to-do’ list stationery pads in all shapes, sizes and colours. To add to my freakishness, there’ve been times when I’ve done something that wasn’t on my ‘to-do’ list and to someone like me, that means only one thing. Yep, adding it just so I can tick.

What does this have to do with goals being out-dated?

Well, it surprised me that someone who thrives on actions and outcomes was not so big on setting goals.

I thought goals were very 1980’s.

Here’s the thing. I had to change. I am after all a life coach and setting goals is a non-negotiable for my clients so I kind of needed to start walking my talk.

Am I convinced life is better with goals? Let me share a recent example.

I set myself a goal of completing the 30k Coastrek walk on 28 July 2017. Specific and with a deadline. I got my hands on an 8-week training program (good to have a plan) which I loved because I knew exactly what I had to do and when I had to do it (boom, right there is my ‘to-do’ list). I was confident it was achievable and realistic, as I knew I could build on my already established fitness base.

Most importantly, it was a meaningful goal and meaningful because I value maintaining good health and it’s smart to align a goal to a personal value. I was a woman on a mission and it felt good. Lists and all, I liked that woman.

Now whilst I’m impressed by my efforts so far, here’s what happened.

When I completed the walk, despite the hip and knee pain, I was as high as a kite on the feeling that comes with achieving something.

However.

For days and weeks after, I felt lost. I was missing the physical challenge of the weekly training walks and the focus I had to achieve my goal.

Going back to my usual exercise routine felt desperately underwhelming, dare I say, boring. It appeared I needed that bigger goal, a greater purpose in this area of my life.

My point?

Back when I set the goal, I observed a sense of energy and direction. My exercise routine had a greater purpose.

It also confirmed the power of a written goal. I stuck that damn training program on the fridge and on a notice board in my office. It helped imprint in my subconscious exactly what I needed to do to cross the finish line.

Although I still think a Cappuccino is very yesterday, I no longer believe goals are out-dated. There are too many benefits!

Let me leave you with some tips on setting goals.

Set a goal that aligns to your values. If you’re not clear on your values, get clear.

  1. Once you set the goal, make sure you’re clear on why it’s important to you.
  2. It would be wrong of me to not include this tip – make the goal specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and with a timeframe.
  3. Have a clear plan of attack (your actions) and review often.
  4. Write the goal down and put it up somewhere.
  5. If you find you’re not taking action, go back and question your why.
  6. Celebrate when you achieve your goal.
  7. Most of all, have fun!

If you’re interested in finding out more about me, head to my website – aboutchangecoaching.com.

Until next time,

ENJOY

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