Refreshing Your Goals

Now that we’re firmly in the New Year, it’s time to start thinking of the new goals and positive changes you want to welcome in. Goal setting should be fun so be sure to approach it with that mindset. Build a fire, pour yourself a drink, curl up in your favourite spot and get ready to think about what you really want to happen in 2022.

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  1. Goals can often be vague or generalized, but the best goals are specific and show you the way to success. For example, if your goal is to become a mentor, it would read something like, ‘To achieve my goal of becoming a mentor, I will sign-up for my company’s mentorship program by February 1st, 2022.’

  2. In order to stay motivated and on track, it’s important to define metrics for success. For example, if your goal is to be more visible at work, you could set the metric of sharing at least one thought, idea or opinion in the weekly progress meeting starting January 24th, 2022.

  3. To set a clear goal, you need to think about what steps will be needed to achieve it. Break down that big hairy audacious goal into manageable steps and an empowering action plan. For example, if one goal is to increase your leadership skills, you could set a milestone to improve your emotional intelligence by reading Emotional Intelligence: Why It Can Matter More Than IQ by Daniel Goleman by March 1st, 2022.

  4. Any good goal must have a deadline to keep you accountable. Assigning specific dates to a task gives it a sense of urgency and allows you to celebrate achievements along the way. Who doesn’t love checking something off a to-do list?

Keep in mind that goals don’t have to be career related – consider other areas you want to grow and develop like interpersonal relationships, volunteering, hobbies and spirituality.

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Once you’ve mapped out your 2022 goals, write them down and keep them somewhere visible. Be sure to focus on the language you use. For example, the word ‘will’ holds a lot more power than the less concrete ‘would like to’ or ‘might’.

Remember, goal setting is much more than saying you want something to happen – it’s about making a plan with clear and defined steps that make the goal a reality. I look forward to hearing about all the goals you achieve in 2022!

To learn more about what you can be doing to up level and move towards your biggest goals for 2022, feel free to reach out to team@desagloballeadership.com. we’d love to partner with and support you on your journey to inspire and activate your top talent and teams.

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