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How to Improve Your Personal and Professional Goals

Updated: Jul 25, 2023

Any business coach knows growing a business is challenging. Most coaches have their own business coach—me included. At our Better Than Ever Retreat in October Lisa had us write our 2023 year, based on our personal and professional goals, as if it were December 31. It was very impactful for me as I plan to make some significant changes both personally and professionally this coming year. And I look forward to seeing how close my story is to the reality of the year.

Establishing Goals

First, to help you establish your goals for the coming year, you need to reflect on your previous year’s story. What were your successes and your challenges? What events contributed to either of these outcomes? Did you have the proper resources to assist you?

Next, consider the SMART principle for goal setting. Specific. Measurable. Attainable. Relevant. Time-bound—target dates and deadlines. You’ll need big rocks (major goals) and little pebbles (steppingstones to the big rocks).

Track Your Goals (or Story)

Plan on monthly (or maybe even weekly) goal check-in. To track my 2023 personal and professional goals, as well as events, successes, challenges, etc., I am keeping a “journal” via a spreadsheet. I will be using my calendar, MOLLI (my mind-mapping book) as well as pictures in my FOREVER® account to help me track my goals/story. It’s really quite simple. And you can do it, too. Keep notes about your experiences. You’ll learn much. Are you progressing, or not? Why, or why not? These monthly (or weekly) visits will keep you on track, or help you modify your course.

Don’t berate yourself for goals you did not achieve. Remember the words of Charles Xavier in the movie, “Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness”:

Just because someone stumbles and loses their way doesn't mean they're lost forever.” (Thanks to Inspiring Quotes for that wisdom.)

Wishing you great personal and professional success in 2023. Remember, I’m just an email or call away should you need help.


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