The start of the year is all about making resolutions, and those declarations should also include some that extend to your professional life. If you haven’t yet thought about your 2018 career goals, now is the time to create a clear, concise plan that will keep you focused on developing your professional self in the year to come. Here are a few tips to get you started.
Determine What You Value Most
First, you’ll need to start by understanding what’s most important to you and setting a goal for where you see yourself in 12 months. Do you want a better work-life balance? Are you competing for a key promotion? Do you have specific sales or financial goals you want to help your company reach? Be ambitious in your thinking to expand your comfort zone. Then align your career goals with your highest priorities so you can work towards achieving those most meaningful to you.
Create SMART Goals
Much like those cyclical resolutions we set each year to eat healthier or exercise more often, professional goals are sometimes devoid of reality. That’s why getting SMART about goals is critical. For 2018, set goals that are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time-driven (SMART). Write down exactly what you intend to do, what steps you’ll take and how you’ll measure success. Ensure you have the proper resources to attain your goals, such as enrollment in seminars or joining a professional network. Determine how you’ll overcome potential obstacles and what milestones you’ll use to ensure you are on course.
Hold Yourself Accountable
Sometimes keeping your goals to yourself can hamper your progress. Share your goals with others so they can hold you accountable to them. Letting friends, colleagues, or your manager know what you want to accomplish makes attaining your objectives more real. Set up regular times to meet with your accountability partners and discuss your progress. Talk about what you completed since your last meeting, how you overcame issues that arose and what you intend to accomplish before your next meeting. Determine whether you are on course or need to make adjustments to get back on track.
Take Time for Yourself
Achieving your professional goals can seem like a daunting task, so don’t forget to take time for yourself to ease the burden. Take a walk, participate in a yoga class or play a sport. Read a book for pleasure, spend time with family and friends or work out at the gym. Focusing time on personal activities helps you relax. When you face a new day, you will feel recharged and refocused on reaching your career ambitions.
Think about the priorities you’ve set forth for 2018 – and why they’re meaningful to you. What will your life will be like when you reach your goals? You may have more money, more time off to travel or a promotion. Ask your family, friends and colleagues for encouragement. Read motivational books and keep the end goals in sight. Do whatever it takes to keep your momentum going.
Get in Touch with MFA Talent Management
If your 2018 goals include making a career change, we can help. Contact the recruiters at MFA Talent Management today.