Six Strategies to Stay on Track with Your Goals

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There is a lot of talk around the subject of goal setting and vision. From productivity ideas and learning how to create focus, to writing it out and spending time reflecting. All of which are great and as an individual you can apply what works for you.

However, in my experience as a coach, I have found that we all know what we ‘should’ be doing and the strategies we ‘could’ use to get there, it’s the walking it out consistently with clarity where we stumble.

Take ownership of how you maintain your focus

I once heard this statement that stuck with me.

“A great coach is like having your own GPS system to keep you on course to get whatever success means to you”.

This really resonated with me because I had experienced this the first time I’d worked with a personal trainer at the gym. I’d had multiple gym memberships with various degrees of success until I met Roger. He showed me the value of having someone help me stay on track.

The thing is, he didn’t just push me beyond my own willpower, nor did he just take measurements and record my progress, but he adapted our sessions weekly based on what was happening in the moment so I wouldn’t stagnate. The best results I ever had in my personal fitness journey were during this time.

Likewise, when I was rethinking my future. I worked with Silvia, a coach in Canada. I could have said ‘no, I can’t afford her, the exchange rate is too high’ but something in me recognised her as the person at that time that could help me. And she did, in so many ways!

Do you have someone to help you stay on track?

As a follower of Jesus Christ, you have the Spirit of Christ that helps you, you can study the bible to gain wisdom and direction, you can participate in the Christian community; all absolutely fabulous.

But there is something about having someone in your corner that is focused on you, sees you, and helps you get what you want in life.

This is what a coach does. A coach:

  • listens beyond the words and expressions. They hold you accountable to your dream and the clarity around it.

  • helps you go beyond the internal beliefs that bind you to what has existed in your life and circumstances so far.

  • is curious who about you! They dig in to know who you are and who you intend to be, to clarify that and help you take action and learn without judgement.

  • has an agenda only for your growth and success.

  • raises your awareness of your decision making and action taking.

  • examines the difference between what you know and what you do, and how that effects results so you can move forward.

When you add the element of mentoring, you bring a slightly different dynamic to the relationship. A mentor shares from experience and can give insights. The two roles are different but they can merge beautifully, in particular in the area of spiritual understanding.

I find that when I’m coaching people they may come because they want business coaching but in the course of developing the relationship with clarity, all sorts of internal thoughts and ideas that affect what they want come out.

And the faith element is so intrinsic to achieving anything in alignment with God that I have woven into everything I do with my clients. With God, all things are possible. If we do it all by ourselves, we set ourselves up for hardship and out of the will of God. Having a coach bring you into that awareness is invaluable.

Here is are 6 basic concepts that I share with those that really want to think and grow into their future and into the ideas they have for their life. 

Strategies to keep your focus and stay on track

  1. Primarily I will recommend you always make time for the bible and time with God, first thing, every day. Even if you have to get up earlier than everyone else. Make it a higher priority than anything. It will be transformative if you do.

  2. Secondly, clarify your vision. What do you want your life to look like? When you stand before God one day and He asks you ‘what have you done for me?’ what will you say? And just a tip here, it’s not about good works or giving to the poor. What is on God’s heart? What pleases Him? (Read your bible to find out!)

  3. Thirdly, seek knowledge. Ask, seek, knock. Read. Listen. Take notes. Reflect. By wisdom foundations are built that help you stay on track.

  4. Fourthly, stop being religious and stuck in ‘should’. The life of Jesus Christ has liberty, freedom, health, wealth, impact and more. The only limits are what you allow to be put on yourself.

  5. Fifth, align yourself with people of faith and clarity. People that push you to believe God and encourage you in your dreams.

  6. And finally, invest in yourself and your future. Do not be stingy with your growth. Do whatever it takes to breakthrough, to make the changes and to be powerfully minded towards the things God has for you in this life.

Having a personal GPS, like a coach or mentor, to help you stay on course is such a beautiful thing, that’s why I love doing what I do. If you'd like to work with me you can learn more here.


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