If you want to achieve your goals for 2016, get planning!
Last week, I was talking about the importance of hanging on to your big marbles this year. I wasn’t thinking about your sanity, so much as your priorities for 2016 or even for life.
I’ve been busy thinking about my goals for 2016. But, first of all – why do we bother setting goals? Surely we just know that we would like to be fitter / thinner , that we would like to write a book / knit a jumper/ keep up with the ironing?
Why are we bothering to write this all down? Why not carry on doing what we (nearly) always do which is to try our best?
Well, that is, of course, an option, but does it get you where you want to be? Personally I want to always push myself a bit – (or even a lot!) – and if I don’t know where I want to get to, how will I know when I have arrived, let alone work out what steps I need to take to get there?
So, I am in the process of writing my goals down and checking that they are realistic (what do you mean – I can’t do a sub-3-hour marathon?!) There is real skill in setting goals that stretch you and are worthwhile, but are not too easy or unachievable.
Also, your goals need to be something that you can measure. A rather nebulous ‘lose weight’ isn’t helpful, but ‘get my BMI to 25’ is something you can really work towards.
So, if a priority is your work and you want a promotion, what steps do you need to take, and how can you make sure that you hold that big marble firmly in your hand?
This year, define your goals clearly, and you will have more chance of achieving them.