After talking about who, where, what, and when, let’s focus today on the “how” questions. I didn’t want to do these before now, because people too often jump to “how” before they have clarity on the larger context.
How do I translate my goals into concrete actions? Goals are great, and can be very inspiring. But until you can take actions on a daily basis, you’re not really headed toward the goals.
It can be tough to take large goals and break them into daily actions, because the detail can get overwhelming. So here are some simpler ways to do that:
How can I get started? Take the first few days, weeks, or months, and make progress in the direction you’d like to head. If you want to get into better physical shape, do something about it TODAY. Then again tomorrow. If you keep it up, you’ll start building some momentum.
How can I find the time? This is a tough one for many people who feel overburdened by the demands of work and family life. Adding more to the mix doesn’t really help. I use two primary techniques to help me achieve my goals:
How do I get the help of others? For some important changes, it can feel quite lonely. Perhaps you don’t feel you can risk losing face with others, or you think some might undermine your actions.
But often, discussions with others will give you greater clarity and commitment. This is the primary role that my coach plays, and I provide to my own coaching clients. It’s very powerful to declare your goals to someone else you trust, and have them ask you about it in your next conversation.
How do I know I’m headed in the right direction? In a business context, you might rely on some key measures of progress. Personally, you can do the same thing. If you’re hoping to switch careers, put together some milestones which will let you know that you’re learning, developing relationships, and getting the experience that you’ll need. Having these smaller measures of progress will help keep you focused, and excited about the progress you’ll make.
An important resource
Check out this inspirational YouTube video. When you’re feeling like the world is beating you down from what you’re really meant to achieve in your life, this is a great way to regain a bit of perspective!
|Carl Dierschow is a Certified Small Fish Business Coach and author of the career management guide, Mondays Stink! 23 Secrets to Rediscover Delight and Fulfillment in Your Work. He is a career coach for those going through interesting transitions, and works with small business owners who need to create breakthroughs in achieving their business goals. Find out more at www.Dierschow.com and www.SmallFish.us.If you are interested in individual career coaching, group coaching, or other resources which might help you with difficult choices, please contact Carl at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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