I’m sure you all have been reading a lot about setting goals for the upcoming new year that is rapidly approaching. Perhaps one of your goals is to find a new career. If you are like me you may have one goal in mind: to GET OUT OF THE JOB YOU HATE! Dan Miller reminds us to focus on what you are running to, rather than running from. You already know what you don’t like and don’t want, but do you know what you actually want? How do you know you are setting the right goals? Here are the 3 ways to discover if you’re setting the right goals for the New Year of which I use to help determine if I am setting the right goals for myself.
1. Understand how you are wired:
A tool I use with every client is the DISC profile. This tool is a great way that helps you understand how you are wired, what your communication style is, and helps you identify what your strengths are. BONUS! You also get a career match included in the tool. Understanding how you are wired can really help clarify what your next step is. Instead of quitting and going into a new job without first having insight of why you did not like the job in the first place use the DISC tool. This will be truly valuable in helping guide you in the right direction. In addition, this tool helps you identify your limitations. This will really help you stay on track if you get easily distracted and lose focus. This will also help you to see if you have a tendency to delay taking action by requiring all information up front.
2. Follow your mentors:
Scriptures teach us that “in a multitude of counselors there is safety” (Proverbs 11:14). I have many mentors or counselors that are in my life. For my financial goals, I follow Dave Ramsey. For my own career and business goals I follow my personal coach, Dan Miller. For my goals on developing stronger leadership skills I follow Michael Hyatt. To become a more confident and stronger writer I follow Jeff Goins. Following the advice or example of people who inspire you and influence your life is a great and wise thing to do. This will help you learn what the right goals are to set for yourself. Asking your mentors for feedback is also very beneficial. If your mentors are all virtual you can probably get some guidance by reading their material and learning from how they answered other people’s questions. They will tell you what their mistakes were. If you are wise you will learn from them.
3. Hire a coach:
All of the above mentioned people hire coaches for themselves. I have my own coach, Dan Miller, Best Selling author of the book 48 Days to the Work you love. Some of you may object to the thought of hiring on a coach because it’s “too expensive” or you may have thought “I could just teach myself the same things they know.” Coaching is an investment. Some of them are as much as $2500 for a 1 hour session! The average coach is about $200/session. I have chosen to price myself under the average coaches prices because I want to make myself available to the majority of people. When something is very important to you, it is amazing how often we can come up with the money to invest/purchase it. The newest iphone, that vacation, daily coffee’s from Starbucks, etc. are all things we want and value. It is time to value ourselves as well. A coach will teach you things directly catered to your individual situation. Sure, you may eventually learn the things they know and will eventually be able to teach yourself what they have learned to teach you. However, it will take you a while. If you have reached the point where you realize that you need help and you want results faster than you would see if you taught yourself the lessons the experts have learned it is time to bring in a coach. They will give you that individualized expert guidance. The cost financially is significantly lower than the value it will bring you.
Changing your life, finding work that brings you satisfaction and joy, healing your marriage, losing the weight, etc. are things many people have stated that if they could pay for the help to achieve that goal they would. Hiring a coach is THE best way to help you set the right goals for yourself. In addition they give you an action plan to meet those goals and hold you accountable to that plan.
How many of us have set goals to lose weight and have yet to meet it? What if you invested $300 in a health coach who created a meal and exercise plan tailored to your body, metabolism, fitness level, etc.? Not only that but they held you accountable with weekly fitness tests, weigh ins, and food logs? What do you think your chances of not meeting your weight loss goals are now? My guess is pretty darn low. For $300 to FINALLY get that weight off AND keep it off I would spend it. The same is true for whatever your goals are. If your goal is to find work that truly matters to you in the new year, I highly encourage you to hire a coach through the process to actually help you achieve your goals and get the results you long for. Click here for coaching packages. Feel free to contact me as well with any questions regarding the coaching process! I love to hear from you.
Cheering you on through the process,