tips from a goal coach

We’re all about turning our can’ts into cans and dreams into plans (ahem, goals).  We got Jenna, our superstar goal coach, to host a live goal-coaching session with our socialsphere. Missed the event? NBD. Here’s a recap and Jenna’s own recipe for creating a life you love.

what would you do if you knew you couldn’t fail?

… I’d move across the ocean.

To make it happen, ensure that you always include a 'by-when' date. For example, 'I move across the ocean by September 2020'. It gives you the commitment and puts a stake in the ground. Without it, it's not actually a goal.

…I’d get back to my goal weight. I am always so tired after a long day of work. What can I do to get that motivation and energy to work out?

You want to get back to something that you were before. I recommend letting go of the past and creating a brand new future that serves you for all that you are. Start with a commitment for next week and let that be enough.

…I’d have my own show on the travel channel but I’m afraid of starting the process... finding connections... putting myself/my idea out there for criticism... and being "TV” ready.

You've just written all your goals! Set some by-whens. "I'll start the process by X.” "I'll make five connections by X.” "I've completed classes or coaching by X to be TV ready." As for criticism, we don't reach our goals without criticism. Share your goals with people who love you and support you and listen to them.

…I’d move to Manitoba with my boyfriend. What's stopping me? Possibly school and what if it doesn't work out and I'm alone in Manitoba?

"If you don't like where you are, change it - you're not a tree." You can set a new goal for a new location. Change is constant.

no time? no money? no more excuses.

I'm struggling to find balance in my life between yoga, work, school, kids, friends, husband, etc...

Writing vision and goals are designed to create balance in your life. It's the framework that ensures all areas that are important to us are fulfilled and manifested.

I would love to go to yoga teacher training but money is a constraint.

Determine the teacher training program you want to do, figure out how much it's going to cost and give yourself the time and space to make that money and save it for what you know is most important - your teacher training.

I want to create a routine where I work out 3 times a week. I used to do yoga 3 times per week and I loved it; now I am not making myself a priority because I am so drained with my job. Sometimes, I would just rather do art but when I do my yoga I feel more balanced. I guess I just would like to feel more motivated when I don't feel like doing what I know to be good for me. A kick in the pants is what I need sometimes!

Put your three classes in your schedule for next week before you go to bed tonight. And then don't make anything more important than going to those classes. Consider this your kick in the pants!

I need to pass my calculus class but it's too hard to focus. I work full time, try to work out and I also have to find time to have a life. It's just hard to focus on that class especially because I'm not very good at math.

Is your calculus test soon? It may require you to work out less, work less or sleep less for the time being – whatever it takes to pass. Then you can get back to doing the things you love… and maybe don't take calculus anymore!

I’d love to make a career change. What's holding me back is money.  I'm used to making a certain amount and my bills won't pay themselves.

Did you know that you'd probably end up making more if you were in a job you loved? Set some goals to map it out. You've only got one life.

I’d love to be a social work officer and help my troops with PTSD. Fear of rejection is a powerful enemy in applying to schools. Have any tips?

The fear doesn't go away by not doing it, the fear goes away by facing it.

I want to return to softball with a fully strengthened knee from a surgery I had a year ago. Holding me back? Time, there’s just too little of it.

Lack of time is an illusion; every human has the same amount of it in a day. Our power is in how we choose to use our time.

get going on goals

Here are a few resources to get your goals going!

get down to the nitty grittyhow to create a vision and set your goals

do it now! do it now!our goal setting sheet

Goal setting is all about creating a life you love. It's not about being better or more. Create a vision of your ideal life and set goals to get you there. We dare you to be great.


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I love this post. Kisses to Jenna from Scotland!

Comment by Elissa Joy — February 16, 2012 @ 9:03 am

Everything was lovely, except the advice to maybe not take calculus anymore. That’s like telling someone who’s not good at yoga to maybe not take that anymore once they are done a set of classes…We may not always initially love the things we do, its all about the benefits we reap in the end :)

Comment by Zabrina — February 16, 2012 @ 9:19 am

career change. need one bad. thanks for the boost!

Comment by KerriAnn — February 16, 2012 @ 10:18 am

Every human does not have the same amount of time in a day… Take 2 women working in the same marketing job 40-60 hours a week, one is single and the other has 3 kids including a newborn she is breast feeding, an 18 month old in diapers and a 6 year old in kindergarten that she has to take to and from school. With an absent husband focusing on his own career, the mom has far less time than the single woman who doesn’t have the responsibilities of caring for multiple people

Comment by Meagan — February 17, 2012 @ 7:45 am

Love this advice on getting on with goals.

For setting and getting goals, you may want to check out a goal setting app called GoalsOnTrack, a very nicely built web app designed for tracking goals and todo lists, and supports time tracking too. It’s clear, focused, easy to navigate.

Comment by Harry — February 17, 2012 @ 2:52 pm

How can I become a certified goal coach?

Comment by Orly Wren — February 21, 2012 @ 12:37 pm

Good article, but I don’t think it’s enough to put something into schedule “for next week” and feel happy about it. We have the tendency of keep putting things off. As they say, never put until tomorrow things that you can put until the day after tomorrow”. As other wise people say, tomorrow never comes, we only leave in today, and the magic word tomorrow actually leads us to something that is not real. My advise to those that want to start 3 day a week yoga routine would be to start right now. Right now stand up from your seat and do very basic exercise that let you prepare your body to what you will do tomorrow. And tomorrow you will not have to sweat for 1,5 hours, just make 10 minute exercise right after you get up. Everyone has got 10 minutes, you cannot apply time excuse to 10 minutes a day. Your determination and your spirit, however loud that would sound, will grow, and by the next week (by the day you have promised yourself to start something) you will be prepared to do 15 minutes a day. That’s a way to nice habit without torture.

Comment by Ana — February 28, 2012 @ 7:36 am


I walked into the Calabassas, CA LL recently and saw the goals written by their employees. The detail, not to mention vulnerability in displaying to the public, of the goals was wonderful – and inspiring. I started talking with my husband right away about our goal-setting. I’ve always done this as an individual, but we’re excited to do this as a couple now – for our family. Thank you.

Comment by ananda — March 12, 2012 @ 11:03 pm

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