By G. A. Finch
Have you ever set personal business, career or self-improvement goals, and you look up weeks and sometimes months later not having made progress on them? You realize that you have been distracted and diverted by other challenges and tasks and your goals are in the doldrums. Career, family and extracurricular demands get in the way. Life happens.
You read, hear and know that you must set specific goals for yourself to get traction on your life’s ambitions. You know further that it is preferable to have them in writing and with deadlines. You know what to do, but it is not happening.
Try bi-lateral coaching. Find a person you trust to be your coaching buddy. You hold each other’s feet to the fire. You meet to discuss your goals and why you have not met them. You, of course, write them down with specific dates of completion. You check in (preferably in person) once a week with your coaching buddy and you tell each other what you have accomplished or not. Your goals may evolve over time.
What is the effect of a coaching buddy? Your knowing that you have to report to another human being on your progress toward your goals is a powerful motivator to get things done to achieve those goals. It is called accountability. What gets measured and reported gets done. It is an inexpensive way to keep you motivated and on track.
I am doing it now and it has helped to keep me focused and more on task. I do not want to come up short when I report in to my coaching buddy, and, vice versa, nor does he. It is a simple solution. You do not need a drill sergeant or an expensive executive coach to kick you in the pants or encourage you – you just need someone to whom you made a commitment not to disappoint (other than yourself). For long range career development and holistic career counseling, an executive coach may be useful and needed. For goal setting and execution, a coaching buddy is an effective tool you ought to try.
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