Goal Setting Essay

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The Importance of Goals in the Process of Change Mila J. Jones Liberty University Abstract Change is a process that takes motivation, commitment and accountability. Goal setting in the coaching relationship begins and develops through conversation between the coach and the client. A discovering of where they are now, where they want to go and what steps they need to take in order to get there are established. A goal gives a client purpose and direction to take them where they want to go. This paper will discuss the goal setting process within the coaching relationship and what is involved in helping a client be successful in completing their goals. The principals of goal setting will then be applied to a coaching business, as well as a personal life application. The Importance of Goals in the Process of Change Introduction Change is a process and begins with an acknowledgment that something needs to be changed. Lewis Carroll writes, in Alice in Wonderland: One day Alice came to a fork in the road and saw a Cheshire cat in a tree. "Would you tell me, please, which way I ought to go from here?" she asked. His response was a question: "Where do you want to get to?" "I don't much care where-," Alice answered. "Then," said the cat, "it doesn't matter which way you go." (Good Reads Inc., 2011). In this quote we have the basics of coaching: (1) The desire to change; (2) A vision of where we want to go; (3) A commitment to take action. Like the Cheshire cat, a coach leads the client to self discovery by asking defining questions. Change begins when we decide where we want to go. A Life Coach helps a client get from where they are now to where they want to be (Collins, 2009; Dunbar, 2010). This is accomplished by helping the client clarify and agree upon a desired goal (Collins, 2009; Dunbar, 2010). There are both external and internal barriers

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