From Goal Setting to Life Balance Success
Developing and implementing a well-planned strategy is the first step to achieving your goals and attaining greater satisfaction. It’s not enough to simply identify your goals; you need an actionable plan to move from the goal-setting stage to goal achievement. That's why designing an effective strategy is absolutely critical to successful results.
While some seekers of balance expect to be told exactly how to reach their goals, this would be a short-term solution to a long-term need. You might learn how others achieved similar goals, but following in another's footsteps is not necessarily the best or fastest way to get where you want to go. Consider the old adage: Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.
So when you're evaluating personal consulting services, look for a coach that will show you how to develop an effective life strategy rather than one that promises to tell you what steps to take. Teaching a client how to strategize is the ultimate in empowerment; it enables an individual to take charge of his or her future long after the coaching sessions end. That's an "annuity of value" that you can benefit from for the rest of your life.
DO: Recognize that strategies will sometimes need to change.
DON'T: Become overly attached to a specific strategy.
Even a strategy that has proved highly successful in the past can become less effective over time. Your ambitions, interests, expectations, wants, and needs are likely to change over the years, just as job markets, environmental and personal situations, often do. So you may need to adjust your life balancing strategy to account for these changes. If your current strategy appears to be failing, it may be more efficient to start over with a new strategy rather than continually tweaking your old one.
Strategy DOs and DON'Ts
DO: Understand how strategies differ from goals.
DON'T: Confuse goals with strategies.
Think of your goal or objective as a destination, and your strategy as the path you will use to get there. With the right tools and route map, you can prepare for a better, faster, and more profitable journey. Goal setting involves introspection and self-assessment, while strategies require creative thinking and discussion.