Becoming a ‘GoalDigger’ with Sarah Bohnenkamp



The New Year is well underway, meaning now is the time those New Year’s Resolutions tend to be pushed to the side and dropped. If you want this year to be different; if you want to really commit and follow through with those goals and dreams, not just for this year but every year, we’ve got some advice for you.

Communication is an art

Meet Sarah Bohnenkamp, a leadership coach and communication artist, who helps trailblazers overcome mediocrity to make an impact on the world. She does this through group and private coaching and speaking.

“I work with a lot of entrepreneurs who have wild ideas about how they’re going to impact the world, so I help support their marketing, their messaging, their CEO mindset, all of that stuff to really work your business,” Sarah said. “And then, I also get to work with Ag businesses and clients, like the Global Roundtable for Sustainable Beef.”

So, what is a leadership coach and what do they actually do?

A leadership coach serves as someone an individual pays to receive external expertise. There is a big difference between mentorship and coaching. A mentor generally does not get paid and might not be as honest as you would like them to be. A individual goes to a coach to receive tangible, deliverable feedback.

“You’re paying for that candid, ‘Make me better; I want some tangible results; Let’s move kind of stuff,’” Sarah said. “We get a personal trainer if we want our bodies to be good. Why wouldn’t we do the same thing for our work and our life? It just makes sense to me.”

Goals are stepping-stones to success

Landing a job, starting a company or moving up the latter doesn’t require a secret sauce, but it does require a change in most people’s mindset.

“I think a lot of people don’t even start because they bought into that idea that you have to know somebody,” Sarah said. “Suspend some of those limiting beliefs that even stop you from making the submission of the application.”

Here are six tips Sarah has to help you reach your career goals.

  1. Know your strengths — Find what you’re good at and be able to leverage that. Be able to list your strengths immediately but also be able to apply them in a job context. Tell the story, set the stage about how you’ve really faced challenges and overcome them using those great strengths.
  2.  Invest in relationships — A lot of people high tail it when it becomes difficult to work with someone due to personality differences. That is a problem. Invest in the relationships around you and understand that people are different from you and that is okay.
  3. Be patient — Everybody wants to come in and make a big difference immediately, which is wonderful, but you also have to recognize that sometimes you have to pay dues.
  4. Speak up — A big mistake that happens too often is being afraid to speak up and say, “This is my idea.” Be patient and learn, but when an opportunity presents itself have confidence in the idea that you have been gifted with and share it. It could be game changing.
  5. Know the rules — Know that there are NO RULES in how you need to move up the latter in your career. Show up and continue to seek opportunity.
  6. Make your goals known — A lot of people have grand expectations for their careers, but they haven’t let anyone around them know. They haven’t let their boss know, they haven’t let their key players within the organization know, so they’re over they’re going well, “Why am I not getting taped for that position?” Make your goals known to ensure opportunities are sent your way.

Resources are game changers

Here are several relatively cheap resources Sarah recommends to anyone with a goal.

  • Strength Finders 2.0 Assessment — This book discusses a multitude of strengths anyone could possess. At the end of a new copy, you’re given an online code to take a 10-minunte strengths assessment. At the end of the assessment you are given your top five strengths and the steps to maximize each one.
  • Personal Board of Directors — Invest in your own personal board of directors. That can be a personal coach, a mentor or anybody you would want to go to for advice at some regular interval.
  • Books — Read. One of the awesome problems society has is that we have content overload. We can read anything at the click of a button. Read and apply what you learn to a job interview, a business problem or anything in life to better yourself.

After absorbing all of the pertinent, career-changing information Sarah shared, it’s time to accomplish some goals. One last concept she recommends following to smash those goals is the “See to get” Model.

“The ‘See to get’ Model pushes everything that we do,” Sarah said. “What’s the goal that you want? If you can’t see it with clarity, then you’re actions that do those behaviors aren’t going to be in alignment. Get really clear so then the things that you do are gong to help get the results that you want. Then think of discipline, the do. That’s things like food and fuel, the learning, the engagement, the stuff that gets you excited, the people that you’re surrounding yourself with.”

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