When New Year’s resolutions come to mind, most of us think about getting fit or shedding pounds. But taking stock and setting goals in the New Year doesn’t have to be about diet and exercise alone. It’s a great time to set some career resolutions as well.
In truth, setting the goal is the easy part. It’s keeping those New Year’s resolutions that gives most of us trouble. We either try too much, too hard, too fast or we fail to create a plan and follow through on goals that are meaningful. As a business owner, I have to assess every goal to make sure it is right, then create a project plan to achieve success. This approach is key with New Year’s resolutions as well. Any goal worth achieving is worth a plan.
To start, take an unplugged day. Even if you can’t take an entire day, take a block of time and get out of the office. Find a place that gives you energy and inspiration. Turn your phone off and disconnect from other outside interruptions. Make sure to bring a blank journal or some big sheets of paper and a pen.
For any resolution, I start with a little life assessment, and I always do it in writing as it creates a deeper connection in the brain. It’s also helpful later in the year when checking in on your plan.
First, give yourself a score of 1 – 10, 10 being best, in the following areas of your life:
- Other (add in an area that is meaningful to you).
How do you feel about those scores? Are you ok with them? Are you surprised by any low or high scores? What would you like those numbers to be in 2018?
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