Achieving success is one of the most rewarding feelings in the world. It can take many forms, from tangible benefits like promotions or awards, to more subtle joys like growth, stretching yourself, and learning new things. No matter what your goals and dreams may be, whether it’s running a marathon or starting a business, you will need help to reach them. While professional coaches may be an excellent resource, there are several self-coaching methods you can use to establish patterns of success and consistently achieve your goals. These self-coaching techniques can be more convenient, cheaper, and just as effective as hiring an external coach.
To develop a habit of success, start by asking yourself critical questions. Set aside an hour to reflect and write down your answers at least once a month. By doing this, you’ll not only reach your goals faster but grow and learn while doing so. Here are some of the key questions to ask.
1. What do you want to achieve?
The first step in achieving success is by identifying what you want to accomplish. Note down your goals and make an effort to be specific. For example, “I want to become a successful blogger”. You can supplement it with a timeline, like “by December 31, 2024”, so you hold yourself accountable.
2. What does success look and feel like? How will you know when you’ve achieved it?
The next step is to visualize what success looks and feels like to you. Paint a detailed picture in your mind and write down the essential elements. This way, you can assess if you’ve achieved your goal. For instance, becoming a successful blogger may mean different things to different people. It could be that you’ll have achieved success when you’ve written five blog posts with 10,000 views each or when your blog generates $1000 per month in revenues.
3. What is the first step towards success?
Once you know what you want to achieve and what success looks like, the next step is identifying the first step. Determine what the step is and commit a timeline to it. If you’re unsure of the steps to complete your goal, ask yourself, “What’s one action item that can bring me closer to this goal?”. It could be signing up for WordPress to create your own domain and blog site or, researching and compiling your favorite blog posts to base your writing on.
4. What barriers will you have to overcome to accomplish this step with success?
While working towards your goals, anticipate the obstacles that may arise and work to overcome them. Mindful visualization of the most likely roadblocks will also help troubleshoot and stay on track. For instance, if your first step is writing a guest post, some challenges might be the fear of writing poorly or not receiving feedback on time.
5. What can you learn from this experience?
Once you achieve your goal or complete a step, take a moment to reflect. Examine the outcome, notice the challenges that arose, and consider what you learned. Reflecting thoughtfully and objectively on every situation will accelerate your personal and professional growth.
In conclusion, success is a continuous journey, and setbacks are a normal part of the process. Creating self-coaching techniques that work for you can help you develop a habit of success. Through mindful reflection and asking critical questions, you can establish patterns of success that will help you achieve your goals effectively.