The weekend just gone I got confirmation that I’d passed and now completed my diploma in Performance Coaching through Newcastle College.
All in all it’s taken 10months to complete.
As I sit down with a hot cup of coffee, I start to look ahead to the next 12months and map out what it looks like
I thought I’d share with you 5 insights/realisations I have had over the past year as I worked towards my own personal goals, as it may help you if you are considering taking on a challenge or setting a goal for yourself, whether that be career, business, personal development, education or fitness.
1) You don’t need to have it all figured out.
I never had the past 12months mapped out. 12months ago all I new is a wanted to develop myself and get into professional coaching. I didn’t know how or where or what.
I started with a 3month intro course then went onto the diploma.
You may feel the same, thinking I need to figure this out and then that etc.
You don’t. You only need to figure out the next step for yourself. Then that will move you forward.
2) Doing nothing doesn’t mean nothing.
From November 2016 until January 2018 I felt lost. I didn’t know what I wanted to do with the next stage of my career.
I felt I was doing jack and that in itself was frustrating. However I spent that time thinking about what I DIDN’T want to do.
I used it as a process of elimination and that helped me get clear on what I wanted to do. Sometimes thinking about what you don’t want can help.
3) Don’t discount the little steps you make.
Dream big and go as big as you want but that doesn’t equal results.
Sometimes what we don’t realise is that the subtle small wins we make actually account to more than huge leaps toward.
For my course I spent 5-10hours per week max on the learning and assignment side of the course. That’s it, just chipping away at it every week. Now I’ve come to the end of I can say I’m proud to have stuck it out because there were times I just wanted to jack it in.
Thinking it’s too much work or I don’t have time. But in reality I was making progress every week and i reminded myself of that.
Don’t forget the small steps and small wins you have because they’ll count for more in the end.
4) Don’t wait until it’s all figured out, if you have some idea just start now.
In 2016 I set up my instagram and Facebook pages Dare to be Alpha. I haven’t actually done that much with them apart from post weekly. Putting my ideals, thoughts, content out there but with nothing to promote on the back end.
But that’s ok because it’s built a small following and a small reputation and that is all I need to grow both of those bigger.
Those platforms I can grow from. If I stated now I’d have lost 2 years of that work.
So what I’m saying to you is don’t wait, get the ball rolling now, otherwise you’ll look back in 1,2,3 years and wish you had.
5) Have a plan but if that plan changes then that’s ok because it’s only a guide anyway.
Plan all you want but so much is out of your control. Your plan creates structure and that’s good.
But a plan is nothing unless you are taking action and I believe doing something is way better.
For me I’ll plan the next few steps as a move toward a bigger goal and I encourage you to do that same.
However be flexible with your approach and be open to opportunities and other things that you might not have been aware of.
Looking at the plan is great but remember to keep looking up at what’s around you.