You’ve been spending some time on this blog, so I know you know the importance of personal development. That having someone or something around you, to be held accountable to (even if it’s just checking in on yourself) can make a massive difference. You may be looking for a coach to help you through the next stage of your career or business, but the budget may not be balancing up for you. I’m not going to go into a monologue of why you must value yourself and the investment. I’m not here to flog you anything. I’m going to help you to reach your goals when you are on a budget.
I’m sure you know that a Coach is someone who can share questioning tools and techniques to help you develop and work past all those inner self-doubt gremlins. How working with a coach can get you to view the world and yourself differently. That working with this person can help you get to where you want to be, quicker than you can on your own.
However, there are times where you can’t afford a coach; your budget can’t stretch to that level of investment. So, what is the other option? To walk away and not bother? To put your life and aspirations on hold until it’s the “right time”. Or, do you look at what you have around you and go with that?
I hope you have said “Yes” to the final option.
I am going to share with you a little secret with you that some other coaches may never share.
How you can reach your goals when you can’t afford a coach.
Not yet anyway!
First things first. Decide WHAT you are working towards. Reaching your goals in an ongoing process, but you need to know what you are aiming for first!
Start with a SMART goal in mind (Specific: Measurable: Action Focused: Resources: Time-bound) and review on your progress at a rate that suits you and the goal.
That could be weekly, monthly or quarterly. You will be “checking in” on yourself regularly through your daily reflections and your mentor (see below on why and how to get a mentor).
Celebrate your success and always ask yourself “ is this goal still relevant to me?” by asking if it is something you still want to have, be, or do!
Expand your mind and your perspectives by reading books. From the biographies of people you admire to topics such as coaching, personal development, leadership, and marketing. If you want an easy start, join my book club on Facebook. Otherwise, just head to your local bookshop or library and have some fun browsing. What will catch your eye?
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Bloggers are taking over the world – in a good way. It’s a free way to access reams of tips, techniques, and challenges. Many writers have their own blogs and many bloggers become authors. The fact you are here, reading this article, shows you are have already started your personal development journey. Pinterest is a great place to search for blogs you like and keep them, themed, in one place. Facebook has recently created folders (called Collections) to their saved items too, which makes things A LOT easier to organise. Most blogs (including mine) have a subscribe option, where they can be sent straight into your inbox or on a relevant blogging feed.
It can be hard to see how you are developing and the progress you are making when you are living it, day to day. We all know our nails and hair grow but can see the daily movement. Get into the habit of noting your progress on a regular basis. A gratitude journal, bullet journal or simple to-do list are great ways of tracking how you are doing. Visit this every day, or week, to start tracking what you are doing.
Ask yourself these questions:
What have you achieved?
What worked for you?
What hasn’t been as successful?
It may surprise you to find you are surrounded by mentors. People who can hold you accountable. Share their experience and help you carve out the career or business you want. All for the cost of a cuppa! Consider the people in your life and work history that are supportive. Drop them an email or ask them next time you are then if they would mentor you.
There are the five “R’s” to reaching your goals even if you can’t afford a coach. What one will you do first? Are there any that you would add?
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Clara Wilcox is a straight-talking, practical and experienced coach helping clients navigate the tricky waters of returning to work, career changes and professional development. The Balance Collective is a social enterprise focused on improving the lives of parents, by working together to build inner confidence and promote a healthy work/life balance. Don’t you deserve a career you enjoy, not endure?