Quite recently I was featured in a blog article published by The Coaching Academy. I was given an opportunity to reflect on my ‘journey’.

Three years ago, I left my job and set up a new business. For me, this change of direction was a time of great reflection to ascertain the goals I wanted to achieve in the next phase of my career.

Fourteen years earlier I had been on a similar route. I had sold an established business of my own and had decided to go in a different direction. I therefore already had some experience of the importance of planning and goal setting for myself. I knew however, that at this point in my life I required some additional support to develop personally and make it a success.

I needed a clear focus in my busy life.

My story is shared here.

People change and lives are forever changing which means that ‘personal development’ may be required at any time during your lifetime – as a young person or an older person.

I believe that you are never too young, too old or too inexperienced to take those steps forward on your own journey.

Here are a few tips to help you along the way:

Be clear about what you want to accomplish

Consider what is most important to you right now.

Is it improvements or perhaps modifications in your work, health, family life, personal situation, a close relationship or something quite different?

Analyse what you want in the long term and how you will recognise your success.

Consider using a personal development coach to help you to do the analysis

You may say you want a new job but why is that?

Is it because you aspire to do something different?

Would you like more financial security?

Perhaps your hours of work are too long?

Maybe a team member’s actions are having a negative effect at work?

Is it that your management team is often unclear about expectations and you are now feeling a lack of motivation and fulfilment?

Or are you simply looking for more recognition?

A coach will help you to unpick the issues at work or home so that you have clarity about what you ultimately want to achieve; to confidently secure and work towards an end goal that will really give you the outcome that you desire.

Set yourself a goal

To have a ‘goal’ is important because it gives you focus. It is however critical to make it very specific. Write it down. Make it personal to you and state in positive terms; ‘I will . . . . . ‘.

Make sure that you have identified the success measure.

Ask yourself these simple questions in relation to the goal to ensure you have honed-in on the specifics:

What exactly will I have in the future that I don’t have now?

What exactly will I be at the end?

What exactly will I see?

What exactly will I be able to do?

What exactly will I feel?

It is however important to accept that there may be set-backs. Plans don’t always go the way you expected.

Rethink and be prepared to develop a new strategy to combat your new set of circumstances and set new actions if necessary, to get to where you want to be.

After accomplishing your goal, consider your ‘What Now?’

Many people that experience success appear to relish a new challenge. Often the experience itself and with additional skills and knowledge comes the motivation to do more.

Developing yourself and releasing your potential provides increased self-confidence and self-awareness; a real sense of achievement.

If you require help as I did at the start of ‘my journey’, you can find out more about what I offer through a free, no obligation consultation. Tel: 07470 235 250 or email: info@striveservices.co.uk or visit the contact page.