Conflicting Goals, Your Sandbox, And Circling, Part I of III

Conflicting Goals, Your Sandbox, And Circling,
Part I of III
By Monette Benoit, All Rights Reserved.
March 2011

Listening to a court reporter I ‘heard’ a pattern.

The court reporter and CART provider, now gainfully employed, is seeking to advance goals. Great.

The court reporter has a full-time job. Great.

The court reporter and CART provider has full-time family responsibilities and a good commute. Fact.

Where did the ‘circling’ occur while I fulfilled this customized request to tutor and coach?

The circling, in my opinion, occurred with ‘conflicting goals’ (my term) during our tutoring and coaching schedule.

One goal would place the reporter in a specific ‘spot’ on a designated date.

Another goal as important as the first – both related to advancing skills as a court reporter – would place the reporter in a very different ‘spot’ at a designated date.

I commented that goals, which are left on autopilot, often do not consistently work together – because each goal (in this setting) is vastly different.

As we outlined the specs of each goal, I saw the distance between the two goals.

How could one have a goal “over here” and another “over there”?

Yet the reporter consistently stated the two goals “have to be met!”

Therein, I shared, “You have conflicting goals – at the moment.

This did not make either goal unreachable or impossible. Far from it.”

I pointed out to the court reporter that just knowing this fact would, in my professional opinion, bring the goals into better view and a realistic timeline.

The reporter listened and said (I swear) with a sharp tone, “Just knowing that makes me feel like I’m in a bad marriage and I’m trapped because …”

Part I of III is posted March 4, 2011, on Monette’s Musings at and

Part II of III is posted March 17, 2011, on Monette’s Musings at and

Part II of III is posted March 28, 2011, on Monette’s Musings at and

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