Grand Rapids Goal Setting Help

Counseling and Coaching for Setting Goals in Grand Rapids, MI

Think about what is listed on your calendar for today. Maybe you have to go to work. Maybe you have to run a few errands. Maybe you have to pay a bill. Maybe you want to catch up with friends. Maybe you want to volunteer with a local charity. If you are like most people, you may have more “have to’s” on your calendar than “want to’s.” What would you do if one day, that ratio were reversed? A lot of people are taking back control of their calendar by setting goals that may lead to a calendar and to-do list that truly reflects what is important to them.

“The thing about goals is that living without them is a lot more fun,
in the short run. It seems to me, though, that
the people who get things done, who lead,
who grow and who make an impact… those people have goals.”
—Seth Godin

Substantial research has shown the power of setting a goal: when people take the time to clarify what they want, map out steps, and give themselves a timeline, they often achieve what they set out to do. However, just because a process works does not mean that it is easy. Many people can resonate with what Seth Godin explains: anything worthy of people’s time and effort means a short-term sacrifice.

To overcome this challenge, people are turning to counselors and life coaches. Often, mental health professionals can guide people toward the right goals and the right strategies for accomplishing them, all while offering support along the way.

The counselors and life coaches at Thriveworks Grand Rapids are seeing more and more people who want to take control of their calendar. They are ready to make the short-term sacrifices to accomplish a goal, but they also want help in the process.

Setting the Right Goals

A good goal can inspire and excite. It can motivate and sustain focus. What are characteristics of these kinds of goals? First and foremost, goals should be an expression of people’s priorities and values. Goals should also capitalize on people’s skill, resources, and talents—expanding them and pushing beyond people’s comfort zones. To achieve these, one key to goal setting is self-awareness. This is one of the ways a counselor or coach can help: exploring and clarifying what matters most to people.

The details of each goal will be very personal and particular, but otherwise, there are a few general tips that may make goals more effective. Often, a well-formed goal is…

  • Time-bound: Every goal should have a specific deadline. The timeframe should be reasonable but challenging, and when it is achieved, people will feel the reward from their hard work.
  • Specific: Details are the lifeline of a goal. The more specific details a goal has, the more it helps people achieve. For example, “using my phone less” is a vague goal, but “putting my phone away at every meal this week” is a very specific goal.
  • Written: When goals are documented, people can revisit them. Written goals can guide people’s attention, reminding of the actions they need to take.
  • Shared: Let people know about your goal will allow them to become allies. Everyone needs help and support.

Different Types of Goals

So often, people think of a goal, and they associate it with having to complete a troublesome task: eating less sugar, working harder, flossing teeth, and so forth. There is no question: goals take effort. However, setting up different types of goals can make the process so much more fun.

Many people are learning to set goals that prioritize their own values so that they organize their lives according to what is important. These people are setting goals in all areas of their lives, for example,

  • Artistic Endeavors: What creative endeavors do you want to pursue? Is there an artist you can support? Or a festival you can attend?
  • Attitude: Who do you want to be? What kind of character do you want to cultivate? Do you want to be empathetic? Patient? Self-assured?
  • Finances: How do you want to spend your money? Do you want to earn as much as you can? Do you want to live debt free? Do you want to give money toward a cause?
  • Education: What ideas do you want to examine? Would you like a mentor or to pursue a particular learning experience?
  • Career: What do you love and want to commit your time toward? Would you want to pursue a job change or map out a career path?
  • Fun: When do you feel refreshed and lighthearted? How can rest and rejuvenation be a part of your regular routine?
  • Family: What type of relationships at home would you like to cultivate? Do you want to be single? Do you want children?
  • Physical Strength: What changes do you want to make to be stronger? Are there adjustments that could improve your physical strength?

Goal Counseling at Thriveworks Grand Rapids, MI

If you are ready to speak to a life coach or a counselor about retaking control of your calendar, you are not alone. Many people are learning to dedicate their time to what is most important to them. Like many others, little changes in your schedule today may make a big difference tomorrow, next month, next year, and more.

Thriveworks Grand Rapids offers coaching and counseling for goal setting help. When you call to schedule an appointment, you may be meeting with one of our professionals the following day. We do not keep a waitlist, but we do offer evening and weekend appointments. We also work with multiple insurance companies.

Let’s get started. Call Thriveworks Grand Rapids today.

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Angel

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Angel was the sweetest person! I’m so glad I chose this place for help! I felt like a crazy person at first but she made me feel like I was just normal and just going through a lot! I really appreciate angel!
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So Thankful

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Thriveworks is a blessing. I got an appointment with a counselor within a week. Margaret Rose was wonderful. She was kind and insightful and I felt safe with her. I highly recommend Thriveworks Grand Rapids
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Denise-NP

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My son saw Denise for the first time recently and she was great. She seemed very well informed in every area and so willing to help my son with his anxiety. She actually spent time with us and seemed to care. I'm so glad we found her.
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Denise Skonieczny NP

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I was in need of a psychiatrist for chronic depression and anxiety. I came across thrive having only a 4 month wait instead 9 to 12 month wait with any other psychiatrist. This was wonderful news. I met Denise as my clinician. She is very empathetic very knowledgeable. She has helped me alot sine my first vist. She is very dedicated to her patients which I truly appreciate. I would highly recommend her for any psychiatric needs. I think she goes above and beyond her role. She is a caring individual. There should be more people like Denise. She needs to be recognized for her work.
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Wonderful

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I am so pleased with my therapist, Lori. She does an outstanding job. When I read her specialties online I knew I had the right person, but when I met her for the first time I was convinced. I’ve raved about her to numerous people and have recommended Thriveworks a few times to people I know - everyone could use a Lori in their lives to help sort things out. The old adage comes to mind: “if you give a man a fish, he will eat for a day, if you teach a man to fish he will eat for a lifetime.” I am learning the skills to live and navigate life circumstances. I am calmer, happier and better off than I was when I first walked through the door. I’ve been given a gift and I am most grateful for all her help.
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No compassion

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I saw Nancy. I specifically asked for someone who SPECIALIZES in domestic abuse. I am in an abusive relationship and she kept telling me "it's your choice to stay." She always questioned why I felt things or did things, like I should have this all figured out. I'm seeking therapy because I feel like I cannot leave and I know that's not a good thing. She had no compassion for what I have been through and just said it's my choice. No addressing the pain I've been through and how I have been affected by this. I feel like I can't leave because I feel like I would fall apart if I left, but I feel like I'm dying inside the relationship. This is a whole process that occurs over a long period of time. I have no self esteem, I have tried to leave and there are so many threats and manipulation, etc. I get shit from everyone about leaving, like its as simple as that for me. I wanted compassion from a counselor. I needed validation of my feelings, not another person telling me that I choose to live like this, like I want my life to be a living hell. I realize that I do make this choice ultimately, but there is so much more to this situation and I needed to process it. I am a doormat to everyone and she just asks why I do this. I NEED TO FIGURE OUT WHY and how to change! Her tone and questioning made me feel like she was being judgemental. She is a nice person, but she is not therapeutic. I couldn't move on with her after this. It felt like she was invalidating my feelings just like the rest of the world, like nothing I feel is real and I'm crazy. I shut down. I got a letter about being non compliant, that's why. It was no longer a priority for me to go and get treated like that. She never tried to help me process my feelings, just to say positive phrases to myself and eat healthy and exercise. This stuff is good, but doesn't help me deal with the things I have been through.
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Awesome!

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I have nothing but good things to say about my therapy with Lori. I was hesitant to begin a therapy regimine without knowing anything about the therapist. After the first session I knew I had found the right person. Lori is so adept at pinpointing the problems and gives very useful ideas of how to handle them. She is very personable and easy to talk with. I will miss these sessions but I have the confidence to know I have the tools to deal with whatever comes my way. I am a much happier person!
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All is well!

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All is well!
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Fantastic. Look forward to future sessions

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Fantastic. Look forward to future sessions with my son!
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My therapist is amazing

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My therapist is amazing she listens to everything I say she is very nice and kind I would recommend her to anybody that needs help i am so blessed to have her
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Good grasp of my problem.

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Good grasp of my problem.
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Very professional

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Very professional. Counselor is engaging and helpful.
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I actually did not get to

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I actually did not get to bring in my daughters due to a personal issue, but when I spoke with their therapist over the phone she was very helpful and although she isn’t my therapist she talked to me about my issue and helped me calm down preventing a panic attack that was starting. I am very thankful to her and will be rescheduling my daughters to see her.
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Everything was great.

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Everything was great. Alot of information given
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I look forward to

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I look forward to working with Jason.
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Lori is amazing.

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Lori is amazing. Relatable, fluid conversation. Going back next week!
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Amazing availability

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The therapists availability is amazing. The scheduling was smooth as well as paperwork. Thank you!
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Work Wonders

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I've had one lesson so far and I can already tell that this place is going to work wonders.
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Enjoyed

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I enjoyed having my visit at your location.
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Highly Satisfied

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My meetings with my therapist were thought provoking but humorous. We clicked together the first time I met her ten years ago. As she moves on, I know that I am able to move forward also.
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Integrity!

★★★★★
Grand Rapids is an awesome place, filled with caring employees and overflowing with integrity. You can be sure that you are in good hands, and will see great changes in your life after a few sessions with these counselors.
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Wonderful

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is wonderful - the office is beautiful, the therapists are amazing and everyone makes you feel so comfortable. Thank you, thank you!
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Great Therapy!

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You won't find a better therapist than Olja Haglund! She moved here recently from another practice where I originally was her patient and I "moved" here with her. If you are looking for a therapist who will give you what you need, not what you want, look no further....I highly recommend and the professionals who work here!
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    Grand Rapids Charter Township, MI 49546

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    Saturday:7AM-6PM
    Sunday:8AM-5PM

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