What’s stopping you making progress towards your goals?

Recently I received some excellent coaching that resulted in a shift in my thinking, and helped me make progress on an area I had been struggling with but wasn’t sure why. It’s caused me to rethink things in a number of different areas and I thought I’d share it in case it might be valuable for others.

I realised there are a number of reasons we might not be making progress on something, including (though not limited to):

  • We’re not clear why we want to do something
  • We’re not sure what to do to take us forward
  • We don’t know how to do the things we want to do
  • We don’t know when we’re going to do them
  • We don’t know who might be able to support us

In my case, I was stuck in a bit of a rut with my blog and video content. I knew exactly what I wanted to do and how to do it. I had numerous lists (possibly too many!) and had started to make some progress but kept hitting hurdles. I realised thanks to my coaching that the biggest issue for me wasn’t knowing what to do or how to do it, but when to do it. I wasn’t making time and it’s the sort of activity that needs dedicated time.

As soon as I realised this I stopped focusing on spending time planning what I wanted to do (because I already knew this and have so many ideas!), and starting focusing on spending time planning when I could do it. I’ve been setting aside dedicated time each week which has been (mostly) working well – it’s still a work in progress as I don’t protect the time as much as I perhaps might like to, but knowing that my current hurdle is having dedicated time has been incredibly useful in helping me make progress towards my goal of sharing content more regularly.

What is it that is stopping you progressing at the moment? Is it the why, what, how, when or who? What one thing could you do in the next week to help you overcome this hurdle and start making more progress towards your goal?

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