‘Coaching’ has become a massive thing, especially in recent years. People access coaching for all different reasons; to make a change, for personal development, career direction… and lots more.
But what is coaching?
A coach helps you find more efficient ways to achieve your goal faster! They help you realise your inner strengths and motivations.
But did you know you could use some helpful tools to coach yourself? Coaching is not about someone else giving you all the answers, it’s about looking inwards and reflection and really getting to know you. Nobody knows you better, than you know yourself!
So over the next few posts on ‘self-coaching’ we are going to be exploring different ways of self-reflection to help realise your potential, how to tap into your strengths and how you can set out and achieve your goals.
So let’s start with GOALS
What is a goal? Have you thought about where you want to be in 5 years? Have you thought about what career you want? What do you want to achieve this week? We all have dreams but setting goals in about making those dreams a reality. You need to be ‘smart’ about setting them, you can’t just say ‘I want to be a teacher’ and a magic wand will wave, and it will be so! This is where setting ‘SMART’ goals come in. To be effective, the goals you set should be:
Specific: Clear and defined. If your goal is too vague, it’s easy to shy away from it!
Measurable: This is where you think about what success would look like. How will you know you have achieved the goal? Setting out a clear yard stick for success means that you can celebrate when you smash it!
Attainable: Make sure that it is achievable. It’s great to be aspirational but if you set a goal that you have no hope of achieving, it could really knock your confidence. The goal should be realistic but challenging
Relevant: Does it align with your life and career aspirations? Does it follow your values and what is important to you? Keep your focus otherwise you may lose your motivation
Time bound: Set clear deadlines and time limits. This helps to keep your focus and again celebrate when you achieve your goal.
So what does this look like in practice? For example, if your goal is to run a 10k race:
Specific: Complete a 10k race (specify which one, Sheffield, Leeds, Manchester etc.). Measurable: Run the race, got the medal and the t-shirt (literally!) Attainable: Unless you have injuries or something significant stopping you, this should be achievable. Relevant: Only you can answer this, but if you want to get fit, look after your body and mind, this should keep you focused. Time bound: Decide on your race and reserve your place! Then start your training programme and set milestones and deadlines for completion.
Hope that’s helped! Stay tuned for the next article on self-coaching which will focus more on realising your strengths to utilise in achieving your goals.
These are all self-tips, but if you would like some 1-2-1 support, we are still running our weekly personal development sessions via video where you can discuss goals, identifying strengths, career planning or any other aspect of personal development: please book on via https://my.setmore.com/bookingpage/ebb41b25-425f-4768-83f3-e175d712f2bc (click on skills and training)
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