Goals & Planning

The power of goal setting

I was reminded of the power of goal setting today when a woman I know stopped by my office to tell me about her successful achievement of a goal she has been working towards for many years. She had worked with a coach several years ago in order to think through what she wanted for her life on a personal and professional front. Through that process she set five long term goals. One of the goals was related to her professional practice and she indicated that she wished to attain it by her 40th year.

Over the past years she has consulted her goal list frequently and taken steps that would move her forward. Today, at 40, she reached the goal.  It was truly an exciting moment that I was delighted to celebrate with her.

I am blogging about this because I know even for myself as a coach it can be hard to set goals. Sometimes if a goal seems too distant or unachievable it can be disheartening. On the other hand, easy goals are not motivating either.

And goals are important. They help us get our priorities straight which is crucial with the busy lives we lead. They help us plan action that will carry is forward. They help us focus. And by writing them down we take the first and most important step towards making them happen.

Here’s a guide to goal setting from my archives.

About the author

Allison Wolf

I am the founder of AWAL and one of the most senior coaches for lawyers in North America. I have helped countless clients over the past fifteen years, develop thriving legal practices and before that served as director of marketing for award-winning law firms. My specialty is uncovering the thinking traps and gaps holding clients back and helping them acquire the mindsets, skills, and habits for growing successful and rewarding legal careers. After a career in legal marketing and business development with law firms in Beijing, New York, and Vancouver, I was trained as a coach in 2004 at Royal Roads University and now coach clients from across North America. You can reach me at allison@shiftworks.ca or learn more about my coaching practice from the coaching section of the Attorney With A Life Website.