One step forward, ten steps back I repeat to myself while climbing Ishinca, an 18,143 foot peak located in the Cordillera Blanca (White Mountain Range) in Peru. Inhaling through my nose, it's dry, cold and my throat and lungs burn. I keep my head down, fixate on my footing, stepping directly into the crampon prints in front of me. I count from 1 aiming to hit 100, I lose count around 60 and begin again. With each step, I think I am closer, but I am not. I see a small incline ahead, we are almost there, I feel a burst of energy, I pick up the pace. My mind playing games, if I count to 50 steps, I will be there. At 40 steps, I make it to the top of the incline, I feel this great sense of achievement. Am I on the summit? I look up only to find a gigantic peak behind it, illuminating with a 360 degree panoramic view of the Andes mountains. I am not on the summit, not even close, I still have a ways to go, I hit a false summit, I start to count again...
Have you ever felt this way about some of the goals you set? The success of moving from goal-setting to goal-getting is to build in opportunities to self-assess on a quarterly basis. You may find that you are right on path or you may find that your priorities have shifted taking you in a different direction. If so, you may need to adjust your goals and find another route to the summit. By taking the time to assess your goals each quarter will position yourself for greater success versus waiting until the end of the year.
Below, I share with you my top ten powerful questions I use when coaching individuals to evaluate their goal progress and/or set backs. Grab some coffee or a glass of wine, pen & paper to reflect. These questions have helped myself and many others determine if we maintain the path we are on or if there is a need to alter the climbing route.
Quarterly Goal Review:
What has worked so far, and what hasn't?
What were the lessons learned from that?
What else do you need in order to reach your goal?
What choices do you need to make to achieve your goal?
What are your 3 biggest priorities for the rest of the year?
Are your goals still inspiring? What might need to change?
What could you do to make sure the goals get completed easily?
What could inspire you and is reasonable to get finished this year?
What is the most important thing you want to complete right now?
What do you need to let go of to ensure you achieve your goals?
*The goals we create with passion and drive and are synced with our WHY can truly change our lives if we commit to pursuing them.
*Stay with it, keep your foot on the gas and 'climb on' as the best views do come after the hardest climbs.
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