We are “achieving” all the time; in
fact, everything we accomplish (or don’t)
is an achievement of sorts. There was some action
or inaction that created the result as it stands.
So it stands to reason then we are very “successful”
at “achieving” exactly what we are getting
now. Why is it then that so many times we’re
NOT happy with our “achievements” and
we certainly DON’T see them as successes?
– because it’s not what we wanted…
success alone or aiming to achieve in and of itself
is not the answer to being happier with what we
are getting in life. Getting what we want to get
we are so good at achieving then, there must be
something else missing in what we are doing that
would lead us to creating the results we want and
the success we desire.
I work with Personal Clients or in Business Coaching,
I work through a systematic approach to creating
the achievements they want using what I call “The
7 Forces of Achievement”. Each factor exerts
a force on the ultimate outcome, shaping it in the
design ultimately sought. Knowing what these “forces”
are is important, getting them in the right order
and sequence is CRITICAL AND understanding how to
control and use them is ESSENTIAL to your ultimate
see so many people wasting their energy on attempting
to achieve when having an appreciation of what’s
truly needed would help them get it faster and easier
than imagined. Below is an excerpt from the COACHING
CLIENT MANUAL I work throguh with my Private Clients
and I want you to have the information now so you
can use it to help you achieve your Dreams.
correctly called “Highly Valued Criteria”,
they are like the Performance Appraisal sheet for
life or any aspect of it. The more we get to “check
the boxes” here the better we perceive our
life or achievements in a particular area of life
(for example, Business). Not understanding what
our Values are or ensuring our Goals are aligned
(and actually are developed from) our Values is
the key reason people fail to achieve their stated
people confuse OUTCOMES with GOALS. They use the
words interchangeably and that’s a mistake.
Think of OUTCOMES as the “life that comes
out of the achievement of the Goal”. People
do not actually want the goal as such; rather it
is the “Life After Goal” that is coveted.
When “board breaking” it is essential
you aim beyond the target rather than at it. The
same is in play with Goal Achievement. Just aiming
at what will get us there keeps us caught before
goal as does aiming at only achieving the goal.
It is critical we set our goal achievement “sites”
on the OUTCOME of the goal achievement and therefore
make the Goal just the necessary deliverable in
order to create that life. There are a number of
techniques used in Performance Coaching to ensure
our full power is focused on this OUTCOME or Life
After Goal (for example – Vision Mapping).
this one is well known. It’s the thing
that we are setting out to achieve –
it is important to remember though GOALS
are the gateways to OUTCOME and nothing
more. The way we phrase, imagine and set
Goals is critical though in order to do
out best to ensure their success (for example
– Conscious Goal Imaging).
in the outset the REWARD for achievement will create
even more propulsion toward achievement both consciously
and unconsciously. It is more than just setting
out some tokens though. The important step here
is to establish a strong linkage between REASON
(Outcome) / RESULT (Goal) and REWARD / CELEBRATION.
In doing this we create a powerful positive association
to not only the achievement but also the actions
necessary to create the result.
Goal without Action is a dream just as much as Action
without STRATEGY is wasted. Think of it like a captain
of a ship closing his eyes and hoping for the best
before setting sail… sure, the boat might
get where it was supposed to go and there is a far
greater chance it won’t. It is critical to
ensure What to do, When and How to do it is decided,
crafted and planned in advance of any Action being
you polish every weakness you have till it becomes
a strength you’ll end up grinding away the
diamond. We all have great stregnths and it is to
those we play our best game. Equally, others have
stregnths in areas we don’t. With so many
people and paths are available to us today to contact
and utilise the expertise of others it is an essential
element of the “new economy” to do so.
LEVERAGE here refers to how you can create the maximum
impact with the minimal output. Building a Team
around you has never been easier – if you
know the right things to do to make it happen. When
people are focussed on what they love and appreciate
the most they will continue to do a more efficient
and effective job.
all the other Forces in place it comes time to take
ACTION. Right ACTION, right time, right place. And
to be held accountable to the promises you make
yourself and others. At time of Action it is important
not only to take the steps…we also have to
ensure we are held accountable to the promised action
and result – that’s where the true power
of Coaching comes into play.