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Five things we learned at Appetite for Sustainability: Ensuring a Successful 2019

Looking back on the last event of 2018

December 18, 2018 by Centaine Hlushak on Bite Grocer and Eatery, ProVision Coaching

On the morning of December 12, 30 people gathered at Bite Grocer + Eatery for breakfast, and walked away with their best foot forward in anticipation of the new year.

Appetite for Sustainability: Ensuring a Successful 2019 brought in business coach and strategist Laura Bechard, founder of ProVision Coaching, for a new take on the journey towards setting and achieving their goals.

Here are a few things we learned:

  • Set SMART goals

Laura introduced guests to the acronym SMART, stating that the goals should always be Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Timely. Creating intentional timelines, actions, and performance indicators are all keys to accomplishing your goals.

  • Decide, don’t hope

“’Hope’ is not a strategy,” Laura explained in her presentation, encouraging participants to instead use affirmative language, such as “I will do this” instead of “I hope to do this.” Decide, then follow through.

  • Ask yourself “why”

When setting goals, ask yourself “why is that important?” at least five times, drilling deeper into your motivation each time. This will lead you to your deepest why and help keep you intrinsically motivated to get results.

  • Be aware of obstacles

Identify what obstacles may be in the way of achieving your goals – including yourself! Be aware of the benefits of NOT succeeding and push yourself out of your comfort zone.

  • Hold yourself accountable

Be accountable for follow through by committing to action items and deadlines. Use statements like “book,” “schedule,” or “call” when articulating next steps and get the commitments into your calendar right away.


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