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Often I think of my mother who humorously would say she was the president of the procrastinator’s club.

How true it is for anyone who may put off tasks. Perhaps you could add to that statement, “until a better day comes along.” A whole lifetime may pass you by if that is your dilemma.

What struck me that was my biggest obstacle in reaching my goals was not procrastination but my approach. Often my goals are far reaching, like publishing my next book or creating a new product line of slippers (I thought of that idea and shelved it). Not a problem.

To assert my ability to overcome this real obstacle, I had to know where I was getting stuck. I am a hands-on person and always willing to jump in and search for answers.

A personal coach and colleague once suggested reading his favorite handbook, Coaching for Performance, which is a deep dive into motivation and development of human potential. In my experience and training with any goal setting exercise, it is important to appraise your approach.

My answer came about quite by accident. I read this story about a woman whose goal was to climb Mount Everest. There is a vast amount of training and preparation that would require someone to climb Mount Everest. When she began setting her goal, the most important question for this person to fulfill her dream had to be:

How much are you willing to invest in the process?

I felt goose bumps all over when I read the question. The process, as this question refers to, is the step or series of steps you need to accomplish for any of the activities it would require to complete the goal. If the mountain climber as described above was not willing to invest fully in that process to make it happen, her Mount Everest goal would still be just a dream.

Do you have a goal you are stuck on, or just don’t know how to get started? Through my professional and facilitated training programs, we create custom learning objectives designed to give participants tools and strategies for success. Contact me at 561-414-6503 or ann@annmaugustine.com.