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Goal Achievement Case Studies In Life Coaching

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Are you a goals coach - and aren’t all life coaches just that whatever their niche? These three goal achievement case studies show some of the more subtle and creative strategies I have used to help clients with setting goals and achieving them and overcoming things that got in the way of their success. Plus a template for creating your own case examples.

*Of course names have been changed to protect the client's confidentiality and privacy.

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Goal Achievement Case Study 1.
Amelia's Goals Were Doing A Tug-O-War

Dogs doing a tug-o-war to demonstrate unaligned goals.

Amelia was 33 when she came to me for goals coaching.  

She loved to travel and her career goal was to be National Sales Manager for her company that would involve a lot of interstate and overseas travel and being away from home for days, even weeks, at a time.

The other big goal she shared with me was that she and her partner intended to have started a family by the time she was 35.

You guessed it! The goals were not compatible because each was pulling in a different direction. 

The result was that Amelia never seemed to have the real motivation and drive she needed to achieve her career goal and it was never quite the right time to start a family. 

Coaching Breakthrough: Amelia recognised her barrier to achieving her goals

Amelia came to realise that her barrier to achieving either of her goals was she was being pulled in two directions. If she carried on like this, her career goal would stall and the goal of having a family could become one of those "some-day" goals that might never happen.

I asked her: "What in your heart of hearts, do you really want the most? Your career/travel goal or starting a family? If you had to let one of these goals go, which would it be." Starting a family easily won out as the priority.

She chose to reorganise her career goal to something just as stimulating and rewarding but without the travel component and be more flexible to her as a parent. Her love of overseas travel could now be satisfied by family vacations.

When you are coaching a client on goal achievement make make sure their goals align and do not conflict with each other. 

Goal Achievement Case Study 2
Jack Had Never Celebrated His Achievements

Fireworks celebrating goal achievement

Jack, a successful lawyer, came to a Goals Clinic I was facilitating.

When I asked the participants to share their achieved goals, Jack gloomily said he couldn’t think of any goals he had achieved. 

I knew he must have a law degree, so in the break I asked him if he had every really acknowledged achieving this degree and all the hard work it took.

Jack told me that he had studied long and hard at university with the goal to get his law degree first time around.

The with questioning Jack revealed that when he passed with honours, he did not really acknowledge himself or celebrate his success. After all, it was only what was expected of him by his high achieving family.

Rather he immediately put all his energy into finding a position within a law firm and being a success at it. He did well but never felt particularly successful.

Coaching Breakthrough: Jack realised it was time to celebrate

The lights went on for Jack when he saw that he had glossed over this major achievement (as well as several sporting wins we unearthed).

His energy changed and everyone in the workshop could see and feel it. He realised he had had sailed past several other goals without acknowledgement or celebration.

Jack committed to celebrating those lost and forgotten achieved goals by buying a new sound system for his car and a special dinner with his wife.

He was then back in achiever mode in the workshop and ready to set a new goal.

Through coaching, the client may come to recognise goals that have been achieved but just glossed over as they rushed forward to the next expected thing. This can be one of the major barriers to achievig new goals. So getting the client to acknowledge and celebrate those overlooked achievements, invariably results in renewed confidence and motivation.   

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Goal Achievement Case Example 3
Phillipa Goal To Write A book Was Stuck 

Goal planning and why you shouldn't have a "should "goal.

Phillipa came to me for coaching because her goal to write about her amazing life had stalled and she was no longer motivated to keep going. She told me she was quite enthusiastic in the beginning but it never really flowed and her efforts soon diminished to a trickle of words.

Everybody in her circle said she should write a book because she had so much information and wisdom to share. They convinced her that with such a fascinating story to tell, it was what she should do at her time of life.

She felt terrible about it all. People kept asking her "How’s the book coming on?" So she forced herself to keep going, convinced it was something she had to finish.

Coaching Breakthrough: A "Should" is not an authentic goal

The truth that came out with my coaching was that Phillipa had never really wanted to write a book! She felt no burning need to put it all out there. Her goal was based on other people’s opinions and expectations.

When she came to see this, she made the choice not to continue writing, let the goal go and not try live up to other people's expectations. She was proud of, and comfortable with that decision .

Make sure goals are authentic and not "shoulds"

The thing to be learned from Phillipa's experience is to make sure your client's goals are what they really want and not something they or other people think they should do. They need to "own" the goal completely.  Asking the client "why" they want to achieve the goal is a helpful coaching questions.  

I hope you have found these client case studies useful. As you can see there is far more to goal success that simply setting and planning.  

How To Write a Coaching Case Study

I hope these case studies have given you some strategies to use in your own goals coaching. 

As a life coach, you may want to showcase your own successes on your website as I have done here. I developed a simple template for how to write a coaching case study that take the reader on the coaching journey. It goes like this as you can see from my examples above.

  1. Describe situation the client is in when they came to you.
  2. Tell how you coached them get to the core issues they needed to address
  3. Share breakthrough they had from your coaching and what actions they took 
  4. Remember to change names to protect client confidentiality
  5. End with a short summary of how your goals coaching worked (optional)
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