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Chasing goals
Setting goals and having desires is often the easy part, but committing and following through are a bit more challenging. Remember that the process of striving towards our goals will have a positive effect on our daily life and that the results and rewards and in most cases, a daily discipline.

I have never really relied on goals to map out my life, and it has seemed to work out for me so far. I imagine a lot of people are just like me. Yet, I have achieved things, right? Self-reflection time: I somehow convinced an amazing woman to spend the rest of her life with me; I like my current job and numerous others before that as well as all my other identities; I own a home, and so on.

These extraordinary things just happened as I walked through my life without bothering to make plans. It turns out, that I am not too different from most. In the book, What They Don't Teach You in the Harvard Business School, author Mark McCormack tells a study about the students in the 1979 MBA program. The students were asked, "Have you set clear, written goals for your future and made plans to accomplish them?"
The results were striking–only 3 per cent of the students had written goals. Another 13 per cent had some idea of goals but they weren't written down. The other 84 per cent had no specific goals. A decade later when the same set were interviewed, the 3 per cent who had goals were far more successful than the rest.

And so, goal setting is one of the most important things that I as a coach help clients do. Of course, I too have set goals in my life, whether they were a "To-do list" for the day or a long term goal. Just that not all goals were necessarily strategic or developed intentionally and moreover not all goals help were focused and helped in maintaining a long term vision. The intent of a well formed goal is to bring focus and sharpness to the client's objective. To ensure that coaching achieves the intended results, it is critical to create a goal with the client's overall purpose, strategy and challenges. The coach is responsible for ensuring that goal-setting conversations get the best results. What I didn't do for myself for a long time, I am now guiding others to do.

There are two types of goals operating actually in a coaching context: content goals (what is to be accomplished and which the client has to achieve) and process goals, which is all about the coaching process which the coach has to formulate. The process goal while still keeping the end in mind, allows for a certain level of flexibility as the coaching time line moves along, but the content goal must not change. Obviously the coach has to ensure that his own process oriented goal helps facilitate the client's goal.

Setting goals and having desires is often the easy part, but committing and following through are a bit more challenging. Remember that the process of striving towards our goals will have a positive effect on our daily life and that the results and rewards and in most cases, a daily discipline.

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