Benefits of creating an action plan when setting goals

Updated: Sep 4

Importance of identifying goals

Goal setting is imperative to the coaching process because it gives you something tangible to work with. Saying which goals you want to achieve may sound easy to identify but I would facilitate a conversation looking at what could block you from achieving your goals, such as perfectionism.

Perfectionism could stop you from not trying out something new if you think you are going to fail, so better not to try and fail, than try and fail, as a result you are sabotaging your own success before you have even tried (Neenan M & Palmer S, 2012).

How do you do it?

There are several major themes in models of contextual coaching, one of them being you and I working collaboratively together. Secondly, through using cognitive models you would be able to identify what your most problematic emotion is and match it to your core thinking / beliefs.

Moreover, a person needs to acknowledge they have a problem and become accountable to themselves for it. The focus should be a specific problem because it makes it more realistic for change. Goals that are being set should be as close to your interests and values for higher success and consistent motivation to continue. (Neenan M & Dryden W, 2014).

How are goals maintained?

From this active conversation, an action plan flows from a coaching assessment by me facilitating a conversation with you to identify goals that are tangible and you can measure them by. As said previously, it is important that these goals are aligned with your values and interests for the goals to be successful (Neenan M & Dryden W, 2014). In addition, we would look at how realistic they are to achieve, in other words is the goal within your control or are you dependent on other people’s behaviour changing (Neenan M & Dryden W, 2014). At the beginning of each session, we would evaluate how you got on previously and continue your action plan with next steps.

Take care, Paula

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Neenan M & Palmer S, 2012. Cognitive Behavioural Coaching in Practice: An Evidence Based Approach. Routledge: Hove

Neenan M & Dryden W, 2014. Life Coaching: A cognitive behavioural approach. Routledge: Hove

Neenan M & Dryden W, 2014. Life Coaching: A cognitive behavioural approach, Chapter 3, Overcoming procrastination, pg. 38. Routledge: Hove