It takes two, baby!

There’s an old quotation: “If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep getting what you always got”.   Well, part of me thinks there’s nothing wrong with that.  If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it, surely?  There are certainly elements to what I do that work really well, that I love doing, that give me the results I want and I see no reason to change them.  So I don’t.  But spring is in the air, and with the lighter mornings and evenings, some things can just do with a little bit of re-examining in a good light, if I’m being honest with myself.

Time to spring-clean your plans maybe?

If it’s been a while since you sat down and thought about your plans, or have some old, neglected ones tucked away somewhere, why not spend some time giving them an overhaul?

  • Make a list of the important areas of your life: family, work, interests, house, self-development, personal health, etc.
  • Choose one to focus on.  This might be one area you feel you have neglected of late, or one which could do with a fresh “coat of paint”.  It could be something major, like a career change, or something quite small, such as a task you’ve been putting off.  If you’re going for a major spring-clean, you might decide to set yourself one or two goals for each area.
  • Think about what you might want your end result to be, or look like, at some point in the future, and formulate an action, using positive words “I want to be able to….I’d like to change…..I’m going to start to……..
  • Consider the journey forwards.  What are the possible obstacles?  Write them down, and for each one, consider and note down at least two ways you could overcome them.  Giving yourself more than one strategy to tackle potential problems will make you more likely to succeed.
  •  Now, be honest with yourself, and ask yourself, “Do I really want this?”  If the answer is “hell, yes!” then write down a series of realistic steps you could take to achieve it.  Use SMART : Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-bound)
  • Finally, work out the smallest step you could take towards your vision……

……and take it!

It’s easy to give up for a variety of reasons, so put some strategies in place to help you achieve them.

  • Share your vision with someone – you then become answerable to someone other than just yourself for your achievement.  Check in with this person regularly to talk over how you’re doing.
  • Take responsibility for your plans and don’t make excuses for not taking the steps – that is, if you really want the outcome you’ve set.
  • Record your plans somewhere visible, in an attractive or fun way (in a beautiful notebook, create yourself a poster, use an online facility, such as Coaching Cloud) and revisit them regularly to check on your progress.  Remember, plans don’t have to be set in stone; you can change them, and the steps to take to achieve them.
  • Reward yourself for each step you take towards your destination.
  • Believe you can do it – help yourself with positive affirmations – it’s possible, I can achieve it, I deserve to succeed.

Happy spring-cleaning!

If you’d like to experience how life coaching can help you stop procrastinating, and help you tackle those things you keep avoiding head-on, why not contact me here for a chat, and let’s see what we can do together?

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