Whether you are setting goals to develop your professional life, or you want to move forward with things in your personal life, a well-designed goal can help improve your chances of success.
- Decide why it actually matters to you
“Get a promotion” isn’t enough. Why do you want the promotion? What will it mean you can do/think/feel differently as a result? Focus on what it means for you specifically.
What will be happening once you’ve achieved your goal? What will people be saying to you? How will you be feeling? If you work in a visual way, perhaps print out some pictures of what it is you want and put them somewhere prominent so when the motivation starts to wane, they will spur you back into action.
- Write it down
Just thinking a goal in your head isn’t enough. Commit pen to paper and your commitment will increase. If possible, display it somewhere you will regularly see.
- Build in progress checks
January is an easy time to set goals because everyone is talking about resolutions, fresh starts and the year ahead. As the weather warms up the momentum can sometimes disappear. Put a diary note in for a few months time and a few months after that. If you have lost your way a little, it will be a great reminder. Or, if you are doing really well, take the time to take stock of how far you’ve come.
Decide at the start how you are going to celebrate and recognise your achievements when (not if!) you achieve your goals.
All the best with your goals and aspirations for 2017!