In my mind it’s still mid-October but this being our last coffee meeting of 2021 is a reality check that the new year is in fact just a few days away! With the new year rolling around we’re all feeling extra pressure to set some solid goals. So, today I’m walking you through my go to strategies for setting realistic and attainable goals while still pushing past your comfort zone.
Do you set new year’s resolutions? Personally I hate the term, but I’m also type A personality and need a todo list at all times. By definition a resolution is simply a decision to do something. A goal however is the result or achievement toward which effort is directed. A goal implies you’re taking action, which is why I prefer setting ‘new year’s goals’. I believe this small word swap can change your entire framework and get you the results you want in 2022.
The number red flag I identify when friends share their goals are having all life goals but no career goals! We spend over 75 percent of our time working, so why not level up at work AND home. Ask yourself, ‘What are some career goals I’d like to achieve in 2022?’
Get super specific about what you want and what a win is to you. Then, set one goal for your personal life and one goal for your career.
I know you. You’re ambitious, you want to succeed. I also know you sometimes bite off more than you can chew when it comes to going after what you want. Remember, set SMART goals.
Specific. Measurable. Achievable. Realistic. Timely.
With this method you can break down an elephant-sized goal into bite-sized pieces and actually achieve it.
The key to achieving your SMART goals is scheduling them.
Say you want to lose 15 pounds in three months, start marking the end date then work backwards. Plan out the steps required – choose a gym, find a trainer, decide days and times to work out – and schedule time to do them.
Pro tip: Create quarterly/monthly milestones to hit and – no matter how convenient it may seem at the moment – don’t cancel on yourself!
In my experience, people generally want to help when you tell them a goal you have. Including others in your plans, even if it’s just for moral support, almost always helps you stick to what you started.
Find a friend with a similar goal and make a plan to hold each other accountable. You’ll be able to brainstorm, share tips and struggles. Two can go further than one!
Coffee with Kim Community members share goal setting tips:
“Vision Board party with friends.” – Suzette Franck
“Data Dump from Dave Crenshaw’s Time Management Fundamentals course.” – James Thrush
“Paper calendars.” – Ellen Caldwell
“Owaves app.” – Magda Davila
“Family sharing calendar.” – Rachael Bronstein
Thanks so much for being part of the Coffee with Kim community! Wednesdays wouldn’t be the same without you. Our first meeting of the new year will be January 19, 2022! Stephen Shed will be discussing how to navigate leadership in a way that cultivates psychological safety & productivity. RSVP here! Don’t forget to follow me on LinkedIn to never miss a Coffee meeting.
Happy Holidays + Happy Goal Setting!
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