Last year was a remarkable year for many of us. Much of the messages and thank you notes I had received from followers, colleagues, friends and readers were success stories of how well they were able to following along to achieve their 2015 goals or drive personal change in their lives. I’m really happy and proud of those who stuck with me to meet their objectives.
As we kick off 2016, we’ll plan for the year ahead as we have in previous years. If you’re new to my blog, please refer to my January 2014 and January 2015 blog posts. Before we get into our discussing our 2016 SMART goals, let’s quickly pick up from last month’s blog and tell me… how did you do against your 2015 goals? If you fell short, I want you to think back and reflect on what happened. This exercise is not to beat yourself up, but to understand where you can improve.
Keep in mind that sometimes there are things outside of our control that impact progress and that’s why I had some checkpoints exercises last year for you to re-evaluate and adjust accordingly. Regardless of where you ended, the most important thing I would emphasize is learning. It's what we learn that makes us better and improve on the road ahead. Think of this as your certification exam results. Generally you receive a report that covers different topics and how you did. You know, pass or fail, where your strengths and weaknesses are and where additional study is needed. In life, you need to keep a pulse on your improvement area and work on them.
That said… onto 2016!
2016 is an exciting year for me as I am "coming home" to a new role. While my New Year's resolutions are not career related; I am drafting some 2016 career goals. Perhaps a bit unfair since my goals are the typical goals for any transition, but it will also help me stay focused. Top of the draft so far are…
I'll eventually make them into SMART goals. What do you want to achieve? Let's take my first example and transform it into a SMART goal.
Develop 10 strategic relationships in the next 12 months that will benefit my stakeholders and team. Maintain these relationships through recurring contact on a monthly basis.
Two sentences, one goal. I could be more specific on how I want these relationships to benefit my team and stakeholders, but for this example; I'll leave it as is. This goal is Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-bound. Now to plan yours!
As we start off the year, I'd love to hear from you. How did you do on your 2015 goals? What do you want to achieve this year? Share with me your SMART goals or goals you might need help with. I'm very looking forward to hearing from you. Happy 2016!