Do you have an iPhone? Okay, perhaps a better question is: who doesn't have an iPhone?
I happen to use an iPhone, and for others who carry that little pocket-sized computer every where they go you may not realize it, but you have a powerful coaching tool, literally at your fingertips. In particular, an app that comes with the iPhone. The Reminders app. (I'll come back to this)
When I coach GrowLoop clients the process usually involves a goal, like launching a digital marketing strategy for a client's business. Together we identify a deadline of when the client wants to achieve his/her goal. We'll then break down the action steps necessary to work through and complete. Each action step has its own deadline, and culminates with the completion of the goal.
Most solopreneurs recognize the idea of plotting out a plan to meet their goal across a timeline. However, it's when true action -- the real work -- is required that motivation toward reaching their goal, by the originally identified deadline, begins to wane.
What can keep you motivated to reach your goal? That's a great question.
Well, one reason entrepreneurs hire coaches is to get assistance staying motivated. By also having an outside perspective coaching clients have a useful arrow in their quiver toward reaching their goals and full potential.
In coaching relationships with clients, when motivation slows to a crawl is when I really hold clients accountable for the action they take, or don't, toward their goal. I'll encourage clients to use a victory journal to look back at the many little victories they've already accomplished toward their goal. Exercises like this are helpful. Why? ...because they show progress.
The key to staying motivated toward reaching your goal is to be able to regularly see your progress.
So back to the iPhone app, Reminders... Reminders let's you make lists of things you need to be reminded to do. I've really only recently begun using this app, but I like it because I can type in quick digital reminders that help me to remember to complete various tasks, like paying what bills when each month, or when to follow up with certain contacts who I may not have reached out to in a while.
The point is: after I complete those seemingly small tasks I get to tap the little check box that indicates I've completed that task, and I keep those completed tasks in the Reminders app for about a week after completing them. After the week has passed, I'll go back and review the completed tasks as I finally delete them. The weekly review is a reminder of how many little steps I've actually taken that, together, equal a big step forward -- progress.
A few things happen when I use the Reminders app that help my motivation:
All of these above bulleted items show various stages of progress and allow me to engage with that progress regularly. That keeps motivation strong. Seeing and reviewing your progress is like having a map of your goal -- you can see where you started, how far you've come, and how close you are toward reaching your goal. Do the work and you'll get there, but stay motivated by your progress.
Posted by: Nick Venturella
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