Throughout my corporate career, I attended courses that told me that I needed to set goals to be successful and achieve my dreams. I even did practical goal setting exercises.I found these exercises difficult as my dream was to run my own company.

I thought it was inappropriate to set this goal when the company was paying for the course.

Even after the course, the only goals I set were the corporate objectives I set at the start of each year.

So, I did a big fat nothing.

Drifting along

Do you know what happened? I got further away from my dream as I was drifting along with someone else steering my career – my managers.

This was until I got demotivated with my job and became an unhappy husband and father.

I knew this time would sometime come and even saved up enough in the bank so I could survive if I left or lost my job.

But still no goals or action because I could not decide what I wanted to do.

Argh…

This internal stress went on for years and my closest colleagues kept telling me to change.

But I didn’t until someone helped me make that decision for myself.

Light at the end of the tunnel

A colleague of mine attended an executive coaching training weekend and asked me if I knew anyone who needed some coaching. He needed to practice what he learnt.

So, I agreed to be his first pro bono client. I thought I was doing him a favor, but boy was I wrong. He helped me make a decision that is currently changing my life.

He enabled me to get past the fog of not knowing what to do and focus on the decision of whether leaving my job was the right one.

It took just a few weeks over Christmas to make this decision. When I had, he worked with me to set a set of short term goals and actions that I have been following for the last 6 months.

Guess what?

You got it, I have achieved all the goals I set.

A life change

I left my successful corporate career, tried three different business ideas and have finally found what I have been looking for. I know what I want to do next 🙂

I wish I had done this ten years ago. I could now be the CEO of Facebook, well maybe not 🙂

I have long term, medium term, short terms and even daily goals all driving me towards my future dream.

I check them and change them on a regular basis ensuring that I am still heading in the right direction.

I have learnt that change is constant.

Wrap up

I hope my story has inspired you to start looking into setting goals for yourselves.

But are you like me and don’t know what you want to do, but do know what you don’t want to do?

Or are you –

  • Frightened of failure?
  • Frightened of success?
  • Always focused on the present and not the future?

Or is there something else?

Categories: Personal Development

1 Comment

Tom Reynolds · November 26, 2015 at 5:34 pm

The power of coaching to help an individual see what they already know is awesome. And to then provide the confidence to get into action is powerful stuff.

I had a similar coaching experience a number of years ago that also resulted in me starting my own business

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