Do you find you have new year’s resolutions or goals you have wanted for you career? A resolution is usually short lived and not well thought out. A goal is the end result of a desire which is achievable, planned out and executed using small steps each leading closer to your success.
The beginning of the year is a great time to focus on the goals which can make your business and career more successful! Everything seems fresh and new and this feeling helps us stay in the present and optimistic about the future. With the right frame of mind, anytime is a great time to begin anew! Here are some strategies to assist you with goal setting for your career and business.
1) Assess where you are now
Are you happy with where you are currently in your career or business?
- Do you have the balance you would like between your business and personal life?
- Do you love what you do?
- Are you using your expertise or education?
- Do you have a vision and mission for your business or career?
- Are you maximizing your talents and skills?
2) Set your priorities
Are you a people pleaser? Do you have trouble saying no when asked to take on more responsibilities? The more activities you commit to do, the more you are jeopardizing life balance. By prioritizing what is most important, you can decide which activities fit and which activities do not fit your goals. Brainstorming your activities and prioritizing them will help you see which activities can be eliminated thus giving you time for what is truly important.
3) Be your brand
Did you know that you are your brand? A logo and slogan can represent your brand, however everything you do reflects your brand. This includes your picture, social media updates, articles, websites, blogs etcetera. Make sure you are at your best representing your brand and what makes you unique in your industry.
4) Have a plan
Putting a plan in writing is the best way to be successful and see where your career is heading. We are accustomed to completing business, marketing, strategy, and infrastructure plans. What about thinking of you personally and doing a career plan? This plan contains measurable activities to get you to those career goals. This plan will help you stay accountable to your career goals and help you know where you are on your journey at any particular time.
5) Improve yourself
Now is the time to plan for a new degree, certification, or skill which will help differentiate you from others in your field.
6) Network where it counts
Networking is a necessity to build relationships, become known for your expertise, and market your brand. Networking can become a full time job if you’re not careful. There are unlimited numbers of networking opportunities. Try different networking venues and test which ones work best for you. Then decide on the networking group which fits your schedule and gives you the most greatest Return on Investment (ROI). You might want to find one group for each area where you would like to build relationships such as: people in your industry, potential clients, or like-minded individuals.
7) Grow your support team
None of us is an island. We need others to support us, be our champions, sounding boards, alliances, and referral partners. Through relationships with those who want to help us reach our career goals we become well known and trusted in our profession.
8) Embrace positive change
The world around us is changing very quickly. Those who can embrace the changes which are affecting their careers and are proactive will have higher success. Knowing what’s happening in our area of expertise is the best way to stay ahead of the competition. Making a change can be difficult however it is necessary in order to reap the rewards of an ever changing technological world.
9) Trust your instincts
You know what you are capable of your passion. Sometimes, even though well meaning, our colleagues will shoot down our ideas fearing that we might get hurt or fail. Trust your instincts which will lead you towards your success.
10) Separate business and personal life
In this multi-tasking totally connected world, it is very easy to always be working. We can work from home, while traveling, even during church, social or sports events. While this may make you look very important to others, you are putting your health at risk by not taking some downtime.
Pick the career goals you are interested in and work on them one step at a time. Don’t expect immediate results. By planning your execution of a goal you are setting yourself up for long term success. Enjoy the process!