2017 has started with a Bang! January is almost over and we are looking forward to a fantastic year ahead. Most people have come back from leave revitalized and ready to give their ‘all’ in the New Year. Do you feel like this? This should be a time for you to sit back and have a look at what you want your year to ‘look like’. Have you defined your goals and visions for the year ahead?
Some of you may have had a wonderful long break; others may have just had a short break from the office. Whatever sort of break you had, I hope you were able to take some time to reevaluate your career, and personal lives, to set your new goals for 2017.
During December, my husband and I decided to take a long, hard look at our lives and what had wanted to achieve in 2016 against what we had accomplished. We got to tick a few 2016 goal boxes and others we did not get to tick. Perhaps this was because we were blessed with our little girl so that threw a few new elements, or financial factors, into our mix. Now being settled with a baby, and happy in our respective careers, we were able to set our goals for this year.
Goals for your year should not only be on a personal level but for your career too. No one wants to stagnate in their lives so in order for us to constantly grow, we need to get to be able to, as mentioned above, tick the boxes of what we want to achieve.
What is a goal? Alternatively, what is a New Year’s Resolution?
Thanks to Google who gave the following definitions to the question above:
A Goal: The object of a person’s ambition or effort; an aim or desired result.
A New Year’s Resolution: A firm decision made on New Year’s Eve or New Year’s Day to do or refrain from doing something over the course of the coming year.
Now that we understand the definitions above, what is the importance of setting these goals?
Here I have listed seven points that you can use to assist you when setting your goals:
  • Goals allow you to have a focused approach on both your personal and business life
  • Goals allow you to overcome procrastination
  • Goals hold you accountable for not reaching what you set
  • Goals allow you to be motivated
  • Goals allow you to overcome challenges and fears
  • Goals allow you to measure your progress and achievements
  • Goals allow you to believe in yourself and your abilities

With the importance of goals understood, what goals can or should be set?

The type of goals that you set is completely up to you. Goals are not limited in either a personal or a career capacity, but they should be aligned to where you are currently are in both spheres of your life. A few examples below:
Personal Goals:

  • Weight loss
  • Health and fitness
  • To become a parent
  • Travel
  • Financial Stability
  • Invest in property
  • Invest in a company
  • Eat more healthily
  • Purchase a car
Career Goals:
  • Become a mentor
  • Growth into a senior role
  • Financial stability
  • Learn new technologies
  • Invest in a company
  • Open a company
  • Grow your team
  • Better the life of others
  • Get recognition for your efforts
  • Increase your bottom line
Both these lists are not complete by any means, but goals are very personal and you need to define your own. There are no limits to goals but make sure that they are achievable and do not overload yourself with too many goals all at once!
Here are a few tips and hints on how to define your goals:
In the below I have used the example of career goals:
  • Determine your goals: career growth
  • Break the goals down from a bigger picture to specific points at a time: What do you need to do to get there? Upskill and study; gain new learning opportunities; have a mentor; attend online courses; chat to management
  • Have short and long term goals
  • Plan your first steps
  • Push through the hard times
  • Reevaluate and realign if needed
  • Celebrate each success achieved, no matter how small
Good luck to all of you for reaching for the stars and making your goals a success. What you do today will be a positive step in the right direction to achieving your goals. I will end with this quote that really resonated with myself:
“Desire is the key to motivation, but its determination and commitment to an unrelenting pursuit of your goal – a commitment to excellence – that will enable you to attain the success you seek.”
Mario Andretti
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