Working with a Personal Coach...
What's in it for you?

Could working with a coach be useful to you now? On the upside, support with setting and achieving goals can sometimes provide a great boost. But it's far from a free ride, as the process of clarifying and pursuing goals takes time, thought, and effort; only you know whether you can manage those three right now. Yes or no, however, it will cost you nothing to do some thinking along those lines.

If Not Now, When?

In reflective moments, people sometimes note that much of their current well-being rests upon goals set in the past. Such goals (if they're genuinely our own) can often pull us through inertia, misgivings, and the tough spots we encounter on our way to the finish line. And they're indispensable at the very beginning, where people so often dither and flounder.

If you have a goal like that yourself, perhaps you'll startle even yourself with the accomplishments you rack up and/or transitions you navigate. But you've got to make a start, tiger. So, whatever you decide with regard to coaching, please Do Not Wait another day to begin setting and then acting upon your goals and dreams.

Whatever your age, the big clock is ticking away; one day it may really be too late to be, do, or have some of those things you’ve been putting off. Or to be, do, or have some of the things you didn’t even realize you wanted. Some serious thought about what YOU want might reveal more of those than you'd previously supposed...

Getting to the Prize...or Not

When your goal is firmly in place, a powerful but often overlooked tool stands ready to assist: small steps. Even one of those can kick off (and/or maintain) a process leading to remarkable results.

Unfortunately, people sometimes find such steps hard to take seriously because they seem so...well, small. And not only small, but also pedestrian as well—far too lacking in the grand gestures, drama, and irrevocable acts that Change is sometimes expected to entail.

Unfortunate as well? The procrastination that often ensues when people believe that meeting their goals will require such behavior. Is that going to be your story? Not if you lay out a plan and start working through the steps (think turtle on a mission, right?). Just do what you need to do to get the job done: step by step, with maybe a leap or two now and then when the "turtle" glimpses champagne or maybe chocolate(!) at the finish line. Yeah, slow-and-steady win lots of races, but an occasional sprint can also aid the cause.

  How hard is that?

You get to call it: whether hard, easy, or in-between will depend upon the goal, your circumstances, and how you choose to play your game. If you could use some support at any point during that "game," consider working for a while with a coach. You might be surprised at how such support can speed things along. Meanwhile, though, take even a single step that feels like progress. Then, take another…and another, always remembering that sometimes getting there can be half the fun.

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