As we start 2019, many of us will set goals and make resolutions in the hope that our lives will be better. I wish everyone the joy and satisfaction that comes from the fulfillment of personal and professional goals.
As you set your goals and make resolutions for the New Year, I would like to suggest a few points to bear in mind –
- Some goals may have been achieved, but not in the expected form.
Sometimes the trappings of success can become a distraction, causing us to pursue status symbols as proof that goals have been achieved. You may not have the coveted job title or corner office, but you may have already fulfilled the mandate in your current role. If this is true for you, it may be the right time to move forward, to set new goals to take you to the next level of effort that will challenge you to be your best self.
- It’s good to set goals, but even better to leave them open-ended.
It is necessary to set measurable goals to track progress, but be prepared to adjust goals to take advantage of new and better opportunities. Sometimes goals can be limiting your true ability to go further. Paying attention to your situation as it unfolds can provide valuable information. Perhaps a layoff that disrupts a career goal may just be the push you need to step outside your comfort zone and launch your own business.
- Align your goals with your values.
Avoid the trap of striving for a goal that leaves you feeling unfulfilled. Very often, the sacrifices and compromises that are made to achieve goals undermine our values. For example, striving for success in an organization that doesn’t respect the value you place on your down time isn’t worth the effort.
I truly hope that you will have fun and enjoy the journey through 2019. Have a great year!