At this time of year, you tend to think about what happened throughout the last 12 months and what you can do better in 2017. Can you think of breakthroughs? Lessons learned? Accomplishments? Failures?
We also think about planning for the year ahead.
I’m definitely in planning mode right now. In fact, as I move on with my business, I realize that planning is a crucial component. It’s like pausing this fast life in order to move faster once the plan is set forth. In fact, it’s moving even faster because you have a plan.
With a plan, comes goals
Did you know you needed a plan for your career too? You need to know how to get to your final destination. You need a road map that is current so you don’t get lost in the process.
Let me share with you some questions to ask yourself and help you going: what do I wanna do when I grow up? What qualifications are required? Is what I want to do relevant in today’s market place? Or am I going after a career that’s fading? How long will it take me to get there? Can I afford to wait that long? Do I need additional education? Who do I know in that field of business that I can speak with? Is this something I’m passionate about?
Once you’ve done your homework and answered those questions. You can start tracing the road ahead.
With goals comes clarity
This isn’t the first time you hear about the importance of setting goals. And it’ll certainly not be the last. To get a longer attention span you need to focus on the right things. This means focusing on the things that matter to you. In order to do this effectively, you need to set goals.
Having goals that you can focus on and visualize helps you better connect with your inner desires, and gives you the motivational energy you need to work through periods where your focus inevitably starts to wane.
Planning towards smaller goals makes it easier to formulate a definite plan of action that you can start working on right away. Also, research has shown that hitting smaller milestones provides real motivation and greater contentment.
Goals will help you reach your destination.
With clarity comes traction
When you tell someone your goals, your brain thinks they’re as good as done. When others acknowledge them, it feels real in the mind and you lose motivation or traction to keep going. Rather than sharing your goals with others, you can reformulate the goal and say for example: in order to run the marathon, I need to train 1 hour every day. That way you don’t say “I want to run the marathon.” You make yourself accountable to what you need to do to achieve that goal.
Don’t try to go too far too fast when trying to get traction. By identifying and implementing simple daily actions in a mindful way, we can notice, in real time, shifts in our own energy and in the feedback you’re getting from the people around you.
Go after one goal at a time and m-a-k-e i-t h-a-p-p-e-n s-l-o-w-l-y.
Traction comes with engagement
You create engagement by making a decision to outline your career goals. You develop engagement when you take baby steps toward your goal. You maintain engagement by assessing each milestone and making the necessary tweaks in order to keep you going.
Stay tuned for an exclusive conference on helping you set the path for your future.