OK. I confess. I don’t always do what I say I am going to do or follow through on my goals. For that matter, I don’t always write my goals, work from a prioritized task list, or work my plan either, despite the fact that I have proven time and again that these practices lead to and ensure my business success.
I know that’s shocking, because as an executive coach, I preach these things and am supposed to be above reproach. RIGHT? But the truth is that from time to time, I stop doing what has been working so well and fall into self-defeating behaviors like indecision, procrastination, and avoidance.
Why? Honestly, I’m not sure why, except to offer that perhaps it’s due to the cycles of life and business we all go through, or as a friend once put it, a tendency to gravitate back to the familiar. Notice I did not say the comfortable. Indecision, procrastination, and avoidance are not comfortable (and typically, the consequences are quite painful), but they are familiar, at least to this executive coach.
Just like you, I’m great at serving my clients, finding them great candidates or encouraging them to set and achieve their goals while holding them accountable for doing so. But, as I just disclosed, I am not always so great at doing that for myself. That’s why I have a coach (and yes, he has a coach) and that is why coaching works! My coach not only works with me to set and achieve my goals, determine my priorities, and make plans to achieve my objectives, but he holds me accountable for doing what I said I was going to do. And when I’m in a slump and struggling to get started, he provides the encouragement and guidance to get un-slumped.