Invenio: Coaching and Mentoring January 2016 - Page 17

goals become naturally motivating.

Next, categorise your goals into short, medium and long term. Prioritise your goals in order of importance on a scale of 1 - 10. At the same time check if any goals clash and if your actions are likely to take you closer or further away from your main goal.

Then put a deadline against each goal. Now list what actions you are doing that you shouldn’t be doing and what you should be doing that you are currently not doing to achieve your goals.

Finally, it is your responsibility to review and evaluate your goals on an on-going basis. As you achieve them, keep the momentum going and replace them with new goals. But do write them down every time. Peak Performers write them up on dozens of postcards for easy access and regular visualisation exercises. The reading of goals starting first thing in the morning and finishing last thing at night is nurturing your brain and essential to success. We feed our bodies, why not our minds?

Action without clarity of purpose is useless. Therefore, purpose, desired outcomes, commitment and actions must all be defined.

If a goal isn’t specific, you can’t measure it. If you don’t think it’s achievable or realistic in the timeframe then it’s not a SMARTER goal. The answer must be ‘yes’ to each of the criteria laid down to ensure success.

It’s also important to acknowledge that major changes may need to be broken down into a series of smaller changes. For example if your goal is to secure a particular promotion or a new house, you may be required to fulfil a sequence of events and activities before you are able to achieve the end result.

If you agree with the importance of goal setting in every day life and want to live the life you deserve, plan your goals for 2005 and beyond NOW. Don’t waste another day.

In conclusion, in goal achievement there is no success or failure. There is only a result. Success or failure is simply a label that only YOU can attach to the end result achieved. The key is to learn from an experience. After all, the definition of insanity is defined by someone doing the same thing over and over while expecting a different outcome.

Dawn Campbell is an Accredited Master Coach (IIC&M) and Accredited Master Mentor (IIC&M).

She is also a Health Coach, Raw Foods Practitioner, and Author.

Following a successful 20 year corporate career in management consultancy and outsourced services, Dawn has been a freelance coach, mentor, trainer and writer for over 10 years.

Dawn’s also a ‘Heal Your Life’ teacher (based on the Louise Hay philosophy); a Callahan trained Thought Field Therapist and a Business Coach (specialising in start-ups); a Holistic Practitioner; A Nordic Walking Fitness Instructor. A successful Master Coach, Dawn also mentors student coaches for Noble Manhattan and assesses coaches and mentors for the International Institute of Coaches’ & Mentors.

An almost lifelong vegetarian, Dawn’s also a high raw vegan food chef who follows a natural hygiene lifestyle and Author. At 50 + years young, she’s fitter, healthier and happier both physically and mentally than ever before. She’s currently studying Naturopathy and Buddhist philosophy as well as writing a recipe book and training for her next marathon.

Dawn’s mission is to inspire others to reclaim responsibility for their personal and professional life.