What actually is a Coaching Goal?

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Interlinked with external goals there's also internal ones that might not be immediately clear. Perhaps they're about limiting beliefs, finding joy in everyday things or shifting how we feel about something.

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Coaches talk a lot about goals. It’s one of those things that appears synonymous with coaching – great coaches help you achieve goals right?

However, what actually is a goal?

We find that a lot of people might enter coaching thinking about goals being quite external – getting that new job or promotion, creating a better work-life balance, being successful in their business, etc.

However, interlinked with external goals there’s also internal ones that might not be immediately clear. Perhaps they’re about limiting beliefs, finding joy in everyday things or shifting how we feel about something.

We learn as part of that coaching process and, as cliched as it might sound, the journey is part of fully achieving a coaching goal. Even clients who are adamant that they only want to work on one thing will find themselves changing, shifting and embracing new experiences, feelings and thoughts that have arisen as part of the coaching process.

And that process doesn’t only happen in-session. A lot of the work is done by the coachee, in the real world! That’s where clients actually smash their goals – both external and internal ones.

Furthermore, by tackling both type of goals we build intrinsic motivation for change in our clients. It’s long-term, transformational and equips coaches with those thinking skills and reflective behaviours to sustain this goal-achieving process in the long term.

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