Congratulations on surviving January. The first of February is a great time to concentrate on goal setting, action planning and clarifying values. Here are three key questions to aid in that process:
- What significant outcome do you want to have achieved by Easter?
- How you will get there?
- How does that effort fit with your core values?
Spending even thirty minutes today writing down your response to these questions is worthwhile. Narrow your focus by expressing your goal in terms that are:
Writing down your first, significant, step to make progress toward your goal helps to underscore that you are confident that you can pursue and attain the outcome you that you want. So does making an absolute commitment to taking prompt action. An end date in your diary, with action milestones preceding it are powerful triggers to progress.
This process isn’t the preserve of the business world. It applies in the public sector or the world of volunteering too.
It was great therefore to meet the volunteer team at The Asian Centre, Waltham Forest – @tacwf on Twitter – and support their work on #GoalSetting yesterday. An evening in their company showed that goal setting helps volunteer mentors on a community programme, just like it does paid professionals working on costly projects. Clients benefit too, whether they are young mentees, or high net worth customers.
If you would like to find out more about mentoring you can contact the Asian Centre via their website www.theasiancentrewf.org.uk for more information on their successful #YouthMentoring programme.
So, when will you make time to set your next significant goal? How can effective coaching help you deliver on your commitment to self-development?