- Better planning and preparation than ever before. This means turning the thoughts in your mind into actions items. What do you want? What do you need to do in the next three months to get there? What do you need to do in the next three weeks to make sure those things happen? What needs to happen daily to set yourself up for success? Sit down with your coach and make your goals verbal at the very least. Take this a step further and put these thoughts into words on paper. This leads to higher rate of follow through.
- Professional accountability. Once you have let your coach know your end goals, you have now made it their job (and personal mission) to help you every step of the way.
- Social support. Surround yourself with people who understand your goals, support your goals and genuinely want you to win.
- Meaningful incentive. Take the time to sit down and understand the true motivation behind your goals. This will add to greater fulfillment once you have reached your goals. It can also shed light on some helpful ways to stay on track along the way. Talking to your coach (aka therapist) about your goals can help you with this step.
- BIG DEADLINE. Set a deadline. A firm, no way out deadline. Don’t accept any excuses or rescheduling. Talk about your deadline with your social network. Phone a friend. Use a lifeline. Stay the course.