This past year provided me with some significant challenges, forcing me to assess and prioritize my critical responsibilities.
I needed to look beyond my day-to-day activity and plan for specific outcomes. I needed to set goals aligned with my key areas of responsibility and then monitor my progress, making sure I was achieving the necessary success. The process pushed me outside of my comfort zone and the results were well worth the effort and investment. Furthermore, I now have goals and a strategy in place for a successful 2012.
As 2011 quickly winds down, I encourage you to review the past year, assess your accomplishments and set goals for 2012 that will help you realize personal and professional growth.
If you’ve already completed a personal assessment and developed goals for 2012 then I commend you; you are among a very small minority. For those who haven’t taken on this project, please don’t delay. Everyone needs a personal development plan and goals that allow you to achieve your full potential. It’s not a difficult process. You just need to do it. Here are a few simple suggestions to get you started.
- Make a list of the top initiatives that will have the greatest impact on your area of responsibility. Start small; pick one or two initiatives per quarter to focus on. Set some easy and some stretch goals. You’ll be amazed at what you can accomplish if you reach beyond your status quo.
- Review your list with your superiors, coworkers and staff. They often have a different perspective that can shape your goals and greatly improve upon your final outcomes.
- Write down your goals in the positive and be specific. Keep them handy and review your progress. Make yourself accountable to your goals by establishing check points and reviewing your progress with peers and your superior.
- Visualize yourself achieving your goals. Reflect on your desired success throughout the day and most importantly at the end and beginning of each day. This will help you stay focused and positive.
- Don’t overthink or complicate the process. Have you ever put off an important project because you felt you needed more research or knowledge? Don’t let this happen to you. That’s procrastination, fear and self-doubt holding you back.
Take the time now to make a plan for 2012. It is within your capabilities to achieve great success. Remember — failing to plan is planning to fail.
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