Goals can keep our focus on the future and motivate us to keep going when times get tough. As a professional recovery coach, you may ask your clients to make goals as a way to focus on the path toward recovery. You may also have your own goals to improve on your skills and knowledge as a recovery coach. Here are a few simple ways you can make those goals even more effective.
Focus on a Time Aspect.
Deadlines and time limits can often be intimidating. However, they can also be motivating. When you set a goal that doesn’t have a specific time restraint, you may find yourself justifying procrastination. If there’s no deadline, you may as well work on your goal tomorrow, or the day after that, and so on. Giving yourself a specific deadline for your goals will keep you focused and motivated as you work on them.
Write Your Goals Down.
Writing goals down on paper can make them that much more meaningful and important. You can think of it as putting your signature on your goal, instead of simply trying to keep it on your mind. A goal that is written down is real. You can see it. You can put it somewhere to remind you about it. When a goal is written down, it’s more than a simple thought – it’s something you’ve pledged to work on.
Don’t Let Discouragement Win.
Have you ever done something that would prolong or prevent you from fulfilling your goal? It can be incredibly discouraging. And when you become discouraged with a goal, you are more likely to give up. Even realistic goals can have their moments when they seem impossible. It’s important to understand that if you fail at reaching your goal doesn’t mean you never will. There’s always time to reset your expectations and try again.
Whether you’re looking to improve your own professional goals as a recovery coach or you’re looking to help a client with their own goals, we hope these tips help.
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