Spring is in the air!
Here in Ireland, they say Spring starts February 1st. I grew up in Indiana, USA, and I can promise that Spring barely can show itself within the month of March, let alone February! But cultural differences aside, I can see the winter darkness receding. As I was willingly commuting to my 7am Dublin Network meeting, there was the hint of sunrise in the sky and now it is 5:31pm and my dusk/dawn light outside has not turned on yet! Roses are showing new growth and my tiger lilies are popping up! All signs that we are escaping the dark, dreary days of winter and the re-birth is beginning.
As we can see and feel the changes in the air, it’s time to look at ourselves and decide: what do we want to achieve this year? Beyond the New Year’s resolutions some of us may have made, what do you want to change about yourself that will make you feel good — really good — about yourself?
For instance, my goal this year is to build my coaching client base. I joined the Dublin Network in order to build my network and practice promoting myself, as well as my company. The pros — it is a great network and I’m achieving both these goals. The cons — it meets once a week at 7am (now 6:45am because we’re a talkative bunch — very surprising there is that much chat at such an hour).
Now, I have never represented myself as a morning person and will schedule afternoon meetings before morning meetings as much as possible. But, when something is a priority, I do what I need to do in order to achieve that goal. In all honesty, getting up at 5:30am has been hard, but it is getting less arduous each week. When I leave the meetings, I feel good about my efforts, participation, and myself. It’s precisely this feeling that motivates me to continue moving forward and successfully accomplish my goal.
But prioritising the network over a few hours sleep was just one step in the process. In order to achieve a goal, you have to develop the parameters that define success. Whether you use SMART goals, CLEAR goals, or any other type of goal format, be sure you establish a timeframe, identify other people who can support you or hold you accountable, and define what success will look like so you know it when you hit it!
Some people can set effective and achievable goals on their own, but most of us need help — someone dedicated to helping us stay on the path to success through all the events and situations life throws at us. And, perhaps more importantly, someone to remind us that, even if we slide off the path, we can get back on.
My role as a coach is to be your ally and advocate in achieving your goals. I can help you see opportunities instead of roadblocks, discover what you are truly willing to do to achieve your goals, consider how achieving your goals might affect your relationships, and define a goal so the picture of success is clear to both of us. I will collaborate with you to identify your strengths and unlock your potential to maximise your success.
If you are looking to maximise your potential, want to break a habit, improve yourself, or create some other positive change in your life but aren’t having success on your own, I’m here for you! Contact me and take that first step on the path to success!