SMARTening up your goals

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“In preparing for battle I have always found that plans are useless, but planning is indispensable.” Dwight David Eisenhower

Setting Goals

Have you ever set out from your home on a “coin toss tour”? You know, when you decide that you're leaving home and then going left, right or straight on is determined by a coin toss. No? You have no idea where you would end up or when would you?
How about driving somewhere you have never been, without a map? Sure you have some vague idea it's north, but which route is best? Did you miss the turning? Did you refuse stubbornly to ask anyone for directions? Oh… a few nods there.
So, pray tell, why do so many people do this with their life and career?
  • The first leaves everything to ‘chance', to ‘fate'. Perhaps it will be exciting and it is an adventure or maybe it will be a dead-end street in the back alley of the rough end of town where nobody walks alone at night…
  • The second ‘feels' right or not… and after all you do have a vague idea of where you are going… where are you right now though?
How about giving a friend directions to their new home when you have no idea where their new home is? No? Why not?
Wouldn't you want to know the address and then, perhaps you know how to get there already or you can find a suitable map. Then you'll want to know where they are now and then plan a route for them. Then you could give them route markers to watch out for, road names, landmarks… milestones.
We've already understood that coaching is about change. You probably already know what you do not want and you may know what you want to do differently – so you know you want to leave home and go somewhere else. Where are you going and how are you going to get there?
I can't help you effectively get there as your coach if you don't know where you want to go (and where you are now). Remember a coach is a vehicle to get you from where you are to where you want to be.
It behooves you to know where you want to go. A coach can help you think this through (in fact 80% of my clients do this in their first couple of sessions with me), but you can do a lot of this yourself.
It is possible that you want help from a coach just for this. And that's great. Gaining clarity of purpose is a big area where coaching can help greatly.
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