Are You On Track to Achieve 2016 Goals?

Can you believe that more than half of 2016 is in our rear view mirror? It is time once again to take stock of where we are along the journey to achieve all of the things we set out to accomplish when we rang in the New Year. With the best of intentions, we’ve navigated the complexities of all the things we “did not see coming,” with a view toward claiming victory by the end of the fourth quarter.

list of career goalsMany times the greatest challenges we face are the way we approach the goals we set for ourselves. Whether it is to gain more professional experience, begin work toward an advanced degree or earning a designation, staying on track to fulfill the promises we make to ourselves is one of the most important things we can do to maintain professional relevance.

When thinking about the goals you set for yourself, consider the following questions:

  • What makes the goals I’ve set important to me?
  • Are they realistic?
  • Do they reflect my values?
  • If achieved, what contribution will they make to my happiness and well-being?

The degree to which you stay on track will generally help to answer these questions. An awareness that your level commitment has waned is an indication that you may want to give more thought to the goals you’ve set, and what their relevance is to longer-term interests and plans.

One way to evaluate your goals is to take the SMART approach.  Although many people think of this in purely business context, the SMART goal framework is very effective when used individually to make better choices and stay on track. After all, in many respects we all have to think of ourselves as our own individual business entity!As you (re)evaluate the status of your current goals, and perhaps think ahead toward planning for what may be next, consider taking a SMART goals approach to help you make the right choices, help you stay on track.

  1. Be sure your goals are Specific, clearly articulating what needs to be accomplished.
  2. Make sure goals are Measurable.
  3. In order to get from where you are to where you need to be, goals must be Actionable.
  4. Be Realistic when setting goals, making sure your circumstances make them achievable.
  5. Build in accountability by being sure goals are Time delimited.

When setting goals, it is admirable to be ambitious, but is wise to be S-M-A-R-T! For tips on accelerating your career, check out the resources below:

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