Life Coaching Class – Series 1 | Session 2: Goals and Goal Setting

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Hi and welcome to session 2! In last week’s introduction to life coaching, I went over how a life coach helps by asking specific questions designed to guide towards identifying what we want or our most important goals. I then asked a series of questions in an activity called “Vet Yourself” to guide you towards building a foundation and reacquaint you with your inner purpose. How did you do with that activity? Did it help you get back in touch with who you are and what you really want?

I also describe the life coaching methodology I use as learned from The Life Coach Institute, which uses a two-step process. Step one was Active Goal Setting, which involves setting the right goals and a due date. Remember, it’s not a goal if there’s not a due date! You then identify the obstacles that are holding you back from achieving that goal and the final step is setting action steps against those obstacles, with due dates, to work on eliminating those obstacles and make progress. Step two was listening to positive self-talk audio to help reinforce positive beliefs and diminish the limiting beliefs that are holding you back.

Life Coaching KEY CONCEPT for the Week: GOALS

In this life coaching program, key concepts are the basic building blocks for personal growth and overall success. Some people use only a few key concepts; some people learn and practice all of them.

The key concept I’d like you to practice this week is the concept of goals.

Here’s the definition we’ll use for goals: “Specific, written and dated objectives, which include specific obstacles and specific, dated action steps for their achievement.”



Why is goal setting so powerful?

Goal setting is one of those fundamental skills that if we choose to master and use consistently, will help us create and achieve a life we truly want. The reason for this, is that goals give us a direction, or a road map for knowing what we want to have, be or do in life. I believe that without goals, we are leaving our lives up to chance. The power of goal setting then, is in creating the roadmap and plan of how to get what we want – it’s active vs. a wish, which is passive.

Isn’t this true? Most people have a general idea of what they want to achieve, but goals have to be specific and actionable. We can say we want to have more money for example, but that is more of a wish. The power comes from being specific. For a personal income goal, we could say, “I will earn an average of $10,000 a month selling real estate by December 1, 2016. That’s specific and measurable. When you’re clear of exactly what your goal is, you can begin working towards it.

Review Your Top Goals Daily

What is so important about reviewing your goals? When you look at your goals every day, you will begin to focus on what you want every day. Do you have a better chance of achieving your goals if you’re actively reviewing and taking action on them every day, or once a year at new years for example? I believe the best time to review our goals, is in the morning, right after we wake up, and then right before we go to sleep at night. The reason for the former, is I believe that if your goal is the first thing that comes into your focus in the morning, this will increase your chances of going to work on achieving that goal. For the latter, while you are asleep at night, your subconscious mind will begin to work on how to make your goal become reality. This is our subconscious computer going to work – unlike us, it never sleeps!
Of course, just thinking about our goals is not enough. Action will be needed and consistent action at that. You will need to create a plan for achieving your goals, and be able to adjust when you hit a road block and overcome the obstacles. So first, decide what you want, write it down and go to work on it. Most importantly, never give up!

Key Points About Goal Setting

• Goals must be specific and dated.
• Review and act towards achieving your goals daily.
• Identify the obstacles in your way.
• Create an action step to overcome the obstacles – and take consistent action!
• Never give up!



Activity – Your Perception of Goals

Part 1

First, let’s review the perceptions of goals that you have right now. All you have to do is answer each of these questions. (You can copy and paste these questions, if you like, into a word doc or notepad so you can save your work and build your success journal):

1. How frequently do you set goals, and what kinds of goals do you usually set?
2. Are your goals usually long term (more than a year away) or short term goals (daily, weekly, and monthly goals)? Give two or three examples of goals you have set up until now.
3. How do you determine which goals you set?
4. How do you typically track and monitor your progress on the goals you set?
5. What do you do, typically, when you have set a goal, and do not reach it?
6. Do you believe you are willing to make the choice to faithfully set, track, and monitor goals in the key areas of your life? Why?

Part 2

To practice the concept of goals, I’d like you to make a “dream list” of literally everything you’d like to be, have, or change in your life. (Plan to take some “alone” time for yourself to do this.) Take the limits off and write down anything and everything. Write the longest list you can – both short term and long term goals.

Activity – Weekly Goal Plan

Are you ready? Below is the template that I use when coaching to set goals. It’s based on what was previously reviewed in Active Goals Setting. Each week you can set two or three goals that are in line with what you want to achieve for yourself. Simply answer each question, track and follow through. I suggest using some kind of software, with reminders and notes to keep you on track. Remember, goal setting is step one and as you’ll see from following this system, there’s a natural dynamic which causes the process to be active, hence the name active goal setting. Step 2, is now that you are clear, taking action, and as you move forward, look out for additional distinctions and adjustments to help you make faster progress.

Step 1 – Set Your First Focus Goal

• What is your first Focus Goal for this week?
• What is the due date?

Step 2 – Define the Obstacle(s)

• What are the obstacles to reaching that goal?

Step 3 – Define the Action Step(s)

• What Action Step(s) will you take to help you get past the obstacle(s), or move forward?
• What is the due date?

Step 1 – Set Your Second Goal

• What is your second Focus Goal for this week?
• What is the due date?

Step 2 – Define the Obstacle(s)

• What are the obstacles to reaching that goal?

Step 3 – Define the Action Step(s)

• What Action Step(s) will you take to help you get past the obstacle(s), or move forward?
• What is the due date?

Step 1 – Set Your Third Goal

• What is your third Focus Goal for this week?
• What is the due date?

Step 2 – Define the Obstacle(s)

• What are the obstacles to reaching that goal?

Step 3 – Define the Action Step(s)

• What Action Step(s) will you take to help you get past the obstacle(s), or move forward?
• What is the due date?



Activity – Self-Talk

If you decide to use self-talk, I have provided the link to Dr. Shad Helmstetter’s Lifetime Library of self-talk for you. I own Dr. Helmstetter’s positive self-talk audio lifetime library and feel I have gotten very positive results from their consistent use. Please also view this video of Dr. Helmstetter talking about The Story of Self-Talk for more information. (Please note, that I make no commission on this and this is purely a recommendation from my own experience)

In Summary

Hey, you made it! I hope session 2 on goals in this first series of Life Coaching Classes, built around the fundamentals of achievement, helps you build the road-map for your personal success.

If you should have any questions, please feel free to contact me at coach@lifecoachlife.com.

Cheers!



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