Coaching with Dr. Larry

Coaching with Dr Larry - SOAR to Success

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About Course

I have a little bit of an advantage in coaching that I take from my other careers: instructional design, teaching, and teacher-training. I have worked for years with teachers to help them to think about and construct goals. These goals need to follow an old and very reliable formula that comes with a simple acronym to help people remember. That acronym is, of course SMART. Now, you can run and do a Wikipedia search for SMART goals, and they do a great treatment on it … but you’ll also see there is a bit of a conflict over what exactly this five-letter acronym denotes.
Here’s where the client-coach collaboration comes in. We can invent these for ourselves! So, here’s my proposal and explanation for what the acronym should stand for. Let’s start first with a generic goal that we can turn into a SMART goal.
‘I want to lose a lot of weight!’
That sounds noble, weight loss. That’s always one of my goals! I really should get a weight coach to help out with that one. But I digress. Let’s apply SMART once we get the concept down. The acronym is found, in detail, in this course. The ER comes at the end, as a bonus!
Hope this helps, and enjoy your learning!
Dr Larry
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What Will You Learn?

  • Seven ways to plan goals and track progress
  • Sensible strategies when things go off track

Course Content

S = Specific which goes with the question ‘What is it I want to achieve?’
Start with the end in mind. Always.

M = Measurable which goes with the question ‘How am I going to measure success??’
Numbers help. They help a lot.

A = Achievable which goes with the question ‘Can I do it?’
You either can or you can't. If you think you can or you think you can't, you are right.

R = Relevant which goes with the question ‘Is it worth it for me?’
Don't do something that is NOT an investment in your heart. That's just doing a job. Make it count!

T = Time-bound which goes with the question ‘By when should I achieve it?’
Learn to set time goals. Even if you don't make them, it's then time to rethink the time.

SMART in sum
Now, put these five together...

E = Exciting which goes with the question Is this something that ‘sparks joy’ in my life?
This is the Marie Kondo lesson.

R = Rewarding which goes with the question ‘Once I achieve my goal how will I reward myself?’
Take time to celebrate your victories, because that's what self-love is all about!

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