Defining and Setting Goals – Actions Steps for Coaching Clients


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Learn to define and set goals with your life coaching clients.

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Defining and Setting Goals – Actions Steps for Coaching Clients

  1. 1. Defining and Setting Goals Actions Steps for Coaching Clients
  2. 2. Working as a coach is extremely rewarding. Our clients invite us into their world and ask us to help them achieve their goals and dreams. Much of our work can be around organization…. * What needs to happen? * When does it need to happen?
  3. 3. Whether your prospective goals are business-related, or in your personal life, defining clear and concise goals is of utmost importance. If you don’t have clear goals, you can end up confused about what you want to achieve and may end up on the path to stagnation. Clear goals can grant you purpose and the momentum to move forward.
  4. 4. Five techniques to help you define your goals:
  5. 5. Understand your goal. In order to define clear goals, the first step is to determine what you’d like to achieve. If you don’t know where you’re going, how can you get there? Once you’ve figured out where you need to go and what to achieve, you’ll be able to come up with concrete goals to help you get there. Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Set aside some time to sit down and brainstorm your long-term plans, dreams, and desires. #1
  6. 6. Set a timeline. Setting timelines will help curb procrastination and spur you on towards your goals. Having a timeline also helps because you’ll know what you want and when you want it! Decide upon goals to meet in a month, a year, and even five or ten years from now. Make a plan and try to stay on track, but it isn’t written in stone! Allow for changes on the way, but keep your eyes on the prize. #2
  7. 7. Make sure your goals are realistic. With realistic goals, you can almost guarantee your success. If your goals aren’t achievable, then you’ll only end up stressing yourself out trying to accomplish something that’s out of your grasp. Remember, a clear goal is a realistic one. Break your long-term goals down into small, achievable steps. Reaching multiple milestones along your journey will give you a feeling of accomplishment and motivate you to keep going. #3
  8. 8. Be specific. Color your goals with the details of exactly what you want. Avoid being vague and using generalities. When you make a specific goal, you’ll be more suited to accomplishing it. Specific goals help you form your timeline and define your actions. There’s no guesswork involved when dealing with specifics. For example, “make more money with my business” is a vague goal. With some specificity added in, it becomes “I will make $1,500 more per month, three months from today.” This goal is measurable, specific, and realistic. #4
  9. 9. Refine your goals. Your goals will change as your life changes. Adjust them to make sure they are still realistic, achievable, and specific. It’s all right to do this multiple times throughout your life. What’s important to you now may not be so five months or five years from now. Be flexible. Revisit your goals from time to time and don’t be afraid to make changes where necessary. #5
  10. 10. Some people wander through life, unsure of their purpose or what they want to achieve. As coaches we support clients to define their purpose and then work with them on how to get there. It is a big responsibility that coaches take very seriously. As in all professions there are mediocre coaches, good coaches and superior coaches. At The Coach Training Academy we work with our students to prepare them to be among the best.