The beginning of the New Year often brings motivation for change. I see it at the gym, that’s for sure. For the first few weeks of January, it’s always more crowded than usual. Then, the crowds seem to thin out. Usually, by early February, attendance is back to normal.
Has everyone met their health and fitness objectives for the year in just a few weeks? Nope. Mostly, for whatever reason, they just have lost their motivation to follow through on their goal of getting into better shape. It’s not uncommon. However, I have noticed that those who work out with a buddy or hire a personal trainer seem to stick with their commitment.
Sustainable change starts with specific definable goals.
Though not as obvious, the same holds true for many plans to improve one’s career in the New Year. Part of it comes down to goal setting. “I’m going to do better at my job,” is hardly a goal. It’s vague. There are no definable benchmarks to evaluate progress. Just as, “I’m going to get in shape,” leads to a spurt of gym activity that soon wanes – and needless to say, this “plan” will not succeed either.
Get your own “personal trainer” to keep you on track.
So, when you look at life – and all of the “buckets” in it – being career, relationships, health, leisure, and the list goes on, why not hire a coach? Why not have your own “personal trainer” to kick you in high gear? A coach will guide you in setting realistic, obtainable goals. They’ll assist you in determining what it is you really want to accomplish and help you stay on track. They will hold you accountable for making progress.
Re-ignite your purpose and passion in the New Year.
A coach will not only help you in seeing where you are and where you want to go, they will help you discover what has been holding you back from reaching your goals. They’ll work with you in identifying the breaks in the road and why they are occurring. A good coach won’t be looking for detours or workarounds. They’ll encourage you to get to the reasons these breaks happen. They’ll work with you to shift to a new perspective. They’ll help you, as long as you’re open and willing, to re-ignite your purpose and passion.
I hope you have lit a fire under yourself to make this year the best you’ve ever had. But, there’s no need to do it alone. How will you help yourself stay focused and motivated and fan the flames of what you have started? Take action. Employ the accountability you might need. You’ll be glad you did.
Here’s to your success in 2015!
Live on Fire!
Luke Iorio, CPC, PCC, ELI-MP
President & CEO
Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (iPEC)