Visionary and Inspiring
David Rock, author of Quiet Leadership and founder of the Results Coaching System, says “you want to develop a goal that is visionary and inspiring to pull you forward and draw the best out of you.” To have a real change in your life you need to define a goal that would make the most difference for you.
For example, Sandra, a solo entrepreneur, has been in business five years and she is very happy with her success so far. However in pursuit of her business goals she was neglecting her health – she rarely exercised, she made poor food choices, she was not sleeping well, she gained weight and her blood pressure was on the rise.
Rather than focus on a weight loss goal she needs to focus on her vision and what she wants in her life. Her vision then is to become healthy by leading a healthier lifestyle which includes regular exercise, eating a nutritious diet, and getting better sleep so she has more energy for herself and her family. The goal which will have the biggest impact for Sandra is ‘to have as much energy as I did when I was in my ‘20s” rather than ‘lose 30 pounds’ or to ‘exercise five times a week.”
By focusing on a goal that is visionary and inspiring Sandra is more passionate and determined to achieve it because there is so much more at stake – her health and overall sense of wellbeing. Also, by focusing on what she does want her brain will start creating new neural pathways and start to create a new habit. It will be easier for Sandra to create a new habit rather than change an old habit because by focusing on changing the old habit the neural pathways of the old habit become further entrenched making it more difficult to change the behaviour.
Questions to help you develop an inspiring goal are: What is your vision in this area of your life? What would you like to be different in this area? If you could have could have anything in this area what would it be?
Marielle Gauthier, owner and principal of Redworks Communications, is a certified Results coach and is accredited as an Associate Certified Coach (ACC) by the International Coaching Federation.
Using brain based models, she holds coaching conversations with clients to help them gain clarity, generate insights, overcome self-limiting beliefs, and develop new habits to improve individual performance and become more effective leaders. She also coaches teams to improve their group performance and achieve corporate goals with measurable results.