2021 is finally here. If 2020 taught us anything, it is that we were meant to do hard things. Let’s dust ourselves off and move forward with intention and purpose.
Goal setting can give you purpose and meaning in challenging situations but requires your commitment to reach them successfully. If you feel your life or career has stalled, you simply lack engagement in your current role or you are ready to tackle something new, assess what is within your control to move you forward.
Here are 10 steps to setting and achieving goals to move you out of your funk and ready to take on 2021.
1. Define your personal core values. Your values are the deal breakers, the things that are most important to you (such as financial security, kindness, humor, philanthropy, balance, creativity). Living through your values means finding what feeds you rather drains you. Aligning your goals to your top values increases your success and fulfillment.
2. Determine your strengths. These will inform your aspirations and your plans for overcoming inevitable obstacles and setbacks.
3. Obtain feedback. Don’t skip this step! This exercise differentiates you from those not reaching their goals. Ask for feedback from friends, peers, managers and direct reports to learn your impact on others and your development needs. Dig into those development needs – they are the gold mine for goals and may be holding you back.
4. Describe your future. Reflect on the life you want to create. What does it look like? Who is there with you? What do you want to accomplish? Put it in writing.
5. Finalize areas of development. Use your feedback for improvement areas and identify what needs to change to create the life you want. If not addressed, these will hold you back from realizing your goals.
6. Outline your goals. Using your learnings from steps 1-5, create 3-5 meaningful goals. The below tips will help.
8. Get real. Set yourself up for success by anticipating your challenges. What obstacles or setbacks may you encounter? Which strengths and tactics will you use to overcome them? How will you resume focus after a challenge? Your partners above are a critical part of this process.
9. Practice intentionally. New behaviors take a while to stick. Once you see progress, keep practicing. When you encounter a setback, intentionally reflect and determine needed improvements. Self-compassion is required.
10. Celebrate small and big wins. Enough said.
Personal change is an incredible challenge, but you are ready with this foundation and a commitment to progress.
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