It's Goal Review Time and a Chance to Get Re-Inspired!

goal review shown by butterfly on handsThe seasons are changing, and there are 3 months left of the year so it's a great time for a goal review both for us - and our clients.

It's all too easy for us to focus on what we haven't done, so before I go any further I'd like to stress ONE thing - that goals are meant to INSPIRE us, not to beat ourselves up with.

Now, the rest of the year will go by in a flash. So this is a great time to 'take stock', do a goal review, look at progress so far and refocus on what's really important - for ourselves AND our clients.

If you're on track with your goals - lucky you. And if you feel like your goals have gotten away from you, that's OK. Most of us are running our own businesses (a lot of work), we have families, friends - and lives. And as coaches, you'll already know that we tend to overestimate what we can achieve anyway.

Part of taking stock includes reviewing what you or your clients HAVE achieved and taking time to celebrate and applaud the hard work it took to get there. This can be as simple as making a list of what we've achieved so far this year - and acknowledging our progress (we'll have an article on celebrating our achievements later on this year).

So, Here are Example Goal Review and Refocusing Questions:

If you or your client feels on track with their goals ask these questions:

  1. "What are my 3 biggest priorities for the rest of the year?"
  2. "Are the goals still inspiring? What might need to change?"
  3. "What could I do to make sure the goals get completed easily?"

And if you, or your client feels that they are 'behind' on their goals, ask these questions:

  1. "What are my 3 biggest priorities for the rest of the year?"
  2. "What could inspire me AND is reasonable! to get finished this year?"
  3. "What is the MOST important thing I want to complete?"
  4. "What do I need to let go of (whether it's a goal or something else) to ensure I achieve my goals?"

AND it's a great opportunity to remind your clients that: Goals are important. They help us create the life circumstances we want, and we can get great satisfaction and temporary happiness from achieving them. But when we're too focused on goals - striving to achieve them - we are merely pursuing happiness. It's then that we stop enjoying the journey and happiness becomes a destination, instead of always being with us.

"Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp,
but which, if you will sit down quietly, may alight upon you."  Nathaniel Hawthorne

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