As busines owners there can be a lot of shiny "red objects" that show up, that seem to be important but really become a bit of a distraction.
We are less than 100 days to the end of the year - 96 to be exact as of today - which is long enough to make some really significant progress on some of the 2018 goals you may not have yet checked off your list.
What's the most important goal you want to make sure you have achieved by the end of the year?
If you haven't pulled out your vision and annual plan for a while, here's an encouragement to do so - what's still left on the list?
Last Thursday I posted for the first time, in a long time, over at the Group Coaching Ins and Outs blog (one of my original blogs focusing on group and team coaching issues). In it I shared a dozen questions to consider as you step into fall (or spring if you are in the Southern Hemisphere). Read that post here.
That post also inspired me to start a new series over at the CoachingBizBuilder Instagram feed (check it out and follow if you are on Instagram) which I am terming #90DaysPlanDoTrack. Each day for the fall I'll be posting a new photo and question to get you into some daily action and momentum around your business. I hope that you will join in with the momentum!
The notion of PLAN.DO.TRACK frames the Coaching Business Builder Workbook and planner, and really stemmed out of the years of coaching work I did through the 90 Day BizSuccess program, starting back in 2006. This program is one that I now license to other coaches and do not run myself.
As many of your know earlier this year I launched the Coaching Biz Growth LAb(TM) program which is a rolling enrollment open group coaching program for coaches looking to build their business. We've had a ton of fun exploring topics like Business Habits and Mindsets, Instagram hacks, Coaching Business Systems, and your internal Business Ecosystem. This summer we did the first of several 31 day challenges planned - that one around Instagram. More coming this fall, along with some afternoon Get It Done sessions where we come together for some virtual co-working and encouragement to get things done and off our list. A new month is just about to begin -- will you join us at the CGBL for the rest of the year? (Note a special 3 hour monthly payment rate).
Accountability can support enhanced business results, so what are you doing to build in regular community practices for support and encouragement.
Whatever your goal is for focus for the next 96 days of the year, I hope that you will reflect regularly on some of these questions:
1. What's important about achieving or completing this goal? (Coaching Note: As we know as coaches, it can be useful to reconnect with the 30,000 foot view and WHY of the issues that are important. As you step back - or step up - to look at this, what new energy and ideas are generated)?
2. What is the quickest way to achieve it? What's another way? And another way? (Coaching note: as we often see, generating alternative solutions can be invaluable and spur us on to more complete solutions)
3. What shiny, red objects have shown up, which are causing a distraction?
4. What's most important to you in your business right now?
5. Who can provide the support and resources you need to be successful?
6. What do you need to say NO TO in order to focus on your goal?
7. When did you last pause to take stock (and TRACK) where things were at?
8. What's going to create some momentum for you?
9. What are you doing to note, and celebrate milestones (and learning) along the way?
I hope that you find these questions useful. I am incorporating them in a new series of virtual business planning retreats I am hosting this fall called the Plan.Do.Track Virtual Retreats. These 4 hour retreats consist of a mini-booster shot and space around planning, getting things done and tracking. Dates are posted here - I hope that you'll join me for an upcoming session!
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If you are interested in growing your coaching business this fall, join me and the group for the Coaching Biz Growth Lab, a coaching group for coaches. We meet the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month from 3 - 4 pm ET, providing you the space to focus and accelerate your business actions. More information and registration here.
Coach Jennifer Britton has worked with entrepreneurs across a variety of sectors since the late 1990s, even before she was in business herself. From supporting micro-entreprise and eco-tourism businesses to working with service based entrepreneurs and coaches, her PRACTICAL and TACTICAL approach to business coaching is ACTION focused, with emphasis on AWARENESS as well. Jenn is the author of the Coaching Business Builder Workbook and planner, and 3 others books related to group and team coaching and virtual conversations. She also hosts the Coaching BIzGrowth Lab, an open-enrollment group coaching program for coaches. Jenn founded her business - Potentials Realized - in April 2004.