The fourth quarter is here, and we are all in the process of evaluation. Whether you own your own business or a professional at another company, the end of the year is upon us. The question is, “Where are you with your goals for the year?”
Proper goal setting is imperative for growth. Rarely does one achieve greatness without creating a roadmap. It takes developing strategic, smaller goals to achieve the “Big Goal.”
As we wrap up 2019, now is the time to start creating your 2020 roadmap.
Where do you start?
First, begin by developing the "Big Goal." What do you want for 2020? Start writing down ideas. Grab a notebook or use the notes section on your phone. Be prepared to write down your ideas as they come to you.
Once you have your ideas developing methods to execute your goals, I advise using the S.M.A.R.T method.
Specific – Define what you want to achieve. A vague goal is, " I want a promotion and raise." A specific version of the goal is, "I want to be promoted to Sr. Engineer and I want a 7-10% raise." When you get specific in the goal you can break it down into manageable parts, which leads to the rest of the process.
Measurable – How can you break the goal down into smaller parts? What is a result that will demonstrate you have achieved your goal?
Attainable – A good goal is one that makes you work for it but is within your control to achieve. If outside variables can influence the outcome, what can you do to mitigate the impact? Think through your goal and re-work the target if you need to. Authors expect to have multiple versions and edits of their work. It's okay not to get it right the first time. Adjust!
Relevant – Does this goal align with your company, brand, etc. How will this goal affect the bigger picture? Don't get distracted from the final goal?
Timely – Do you have a deadline? Make sure the timeframe aligns with other aspects that affect your goal. The right timeframe depends on the objective. If we go back to our example of earning a promotion to Sr. Engineer, we can determine the timeline by promotion protocol within our organization. When is our next review? What can we put in place before our review to ensure we don't get passed up for the promotion?
One last piece of advice. It's essential to get your goals out of your head and onto paper. The act of writing ingrains the words into our minds; that's why taking notes in meetings, school, etc., is important.
My goal for 2020 is to put more energy into the coaching and public speaking aspect of my business. What's yours?
Until next Tuesday…
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Laura Bashore is the founder of Anew Resume and Career Services. As a Career Coach, Resume Writer, and LinkedIn Pro she empowers business professionals with the knowledge, tools, and methods to expand their career opportunities.
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