Goal Setting

How do you Plan?

How do you plan?

By Marjorie R. Johnson LCSW, PCC

Most of us know that our best chance of achieving any goal is to plan for it. We need to have a clear SMART goal (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time sensitive). We know the importance of planning for our business or team’s yearly goals. This process is required. However, how often do we approach our personal lives with the same strategic planning? Yet, without being intentional about how we want to spend our days, and indeed our lives, it is up to chance whether we will become our best selves.

Think about the past 24 hours. Where did your time go? How much of your time was given to social media, zoning out with television or compulsively checking e -mail? In his book, Shine, Edward Hallowell, MD (noted ADHD psychiatrist and author of the bestseller: Driven to Distraction), comments on the overloaded, over busy and overwhelmed brain of today’s workers. We are working harder and longer yet achieving less because we feel we cannot allow time for rest, recreation and personal relationships.

What to do? To achieve healthy, well rounded lives, I recommend the following process. Set aside 60- 90 minutes of uninterrupted time, when you know you won’t be disturbed. Breathe deeply, and begin quietly reflecting as follows: Consider your “Essential” or “Higher Self” in the middle of a circle with several spokes going out from the center. These spokes represent areas of your life that affect you and contribute to your life. (Adapted from “Wheel of Life”, Co-Active Coaching, 2011.) You might include family relationships, friends and social network, career, spiritual/ personal growth, recreation, finances, health & fitness and your physical environment (home or office). Consider “how content” you are in each area. Which area might you like to improve? Where is your time going? Is it in balance and contributing to the Self you want to be? Now set specific, SMART goals (refer to my SMART Goals Blog series starting here: https://ascendconsulting.net/goal-setting-intention-business-life/) for balance in some of these areas. Identify one or two specific actions that will gradually bring these goals into reality.

Now it’s time to make the goals from above happen. Our goals for balanced fulfilled lives need active care and attention to become reality. Take some quiet planning time each day to intentionally build into your routine those actions that are in alignment with your goals. Note: This might mean doing less! Without this daily time of reflection and planning it’s impossible to bring your daily actions in line with the life you want to live. During this process, be compassionate with yourself. Change often occurs by taking two steps forward and one step back. Mindfulness, intentional planning and daily reflection make all the difference in becoming the Self you want to be.

I specialize in coaching executives and professionals into achieving their goals with life balance. Contact me if you’d like to begin the conversation.  Marjorie@ascendconsutling.net

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Intention, Now Action! Goal Setting Boot Camp – January 20, 2017

Last month I introduced the first three steps for clear, actionable goal setting.  Let’s review; Step One: Begin with Mindful Reflection, Step Two: Assessment, Step Three: Create a SMART Plan-Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic with steps assigned to a specific person and Time sensitive.

This month we turn to the next two steps in creating a failsafe Strategic Plan:

Step Four: Refine Goals and Develop Strategy– 
This is the step where a complete and detailed inventory of every area of your business is done. You will want to assess your product or service, marketing, advertising, finances, your employees, your market and your ideal client. Are the messages aligned to who you are attracting? To those who you want to serve?

Right now is an excellent time revisit your dream. Why do you want to succeed in this business? What will the business do, be or have for you? For your customer? During our January 20, Goal Setting Boot Camp, we’ll take the time to really drill down to the core passions and dreams that drive us to succeed. Do you really want to sell what you say you are delivering or are you delivering it because you think it will sell? Passion paired with excellence and knowledge is what brings sustainable sales! The most sensational marketing  will not reach your customers or sell products, unless your devotion to the business is evident. There can be no doubt that you really care about the product or service you are delivering and know the customer who is benefiting from the purchase.

Assure your entire strategy is consistent and supported by processes. If not, take the time to create new ones that better address your keenest challenges.  Define what success means to you and the benchmarks by which you choose to measure reaching your goals!

Step Five: Create your Weekly/Monthly Action Plan– The rubber meets the road during this step. What will you do when and what will be first? Who owns each task, how will they be monitored, held accountable and supported? Assess the work flow and the timing for each phase of your operation. Review the action plan with your team. Take the time to sit down with your team. Create an open dialogue for them to share their input and discuss what is realistic. (SEE STEP TWO)

Are you excited for creating your Strategic Plan? Are you a bit overwhelmed? Maybe both?  You do not have to go at it alone!!!

As a Certified Professional Coach with 16 years experience, I’ll help you achieve clarity about what is possible and tap into the passion that drives your dream. Together, we’ll brainstorm about the obstacles and challenges that may arise. Come up with a proactive plan to move around, over or under the challenges for you to SUCCEED at your BIG GOAL!!!

Make GOAL SETTING BOOT CAMP on January 20, 2017, the beginning of your goal ACHIEVEMENT!!! Join 14 like minded business and non profit leaders, who just like you, are serious about working together to make 2017 the YEAR OF UNSTOPPABLE SUCCESS!!!!!!

Register and pay by January 6, 2017 to take advantage of $100 off your registration fee. With this amazing discount, that’s only $749 for five hours of group work and two hours of one on one coaching! AN OUTSTANDING VALUE!!

Register by visiting https://ascendconsulting.net/contact-us/ and complete the contact form. Or visit our other website http://ascendcounselingpa.com/contact-us/ .

We look forward to helping you reach for the sky!

 

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