Tips for Setting Goals in the New Year

January 17, 2012

By: Melanie

As a new year begins, we tend to reflect on the past 12 months. Did you achieve your personal and professional goals in 2011? If not, you may need to evaluate why. Here are 10 tips to help you through the process.
1) Set SMART goals.
Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant & Timely
2) Believe.
Make a commitment and believe that you can achieve your goal.
3) Create an action plan and timeline.
Plan for what you will accomplish during the goal period. Write down the action steps you need to take in order to achieve your goals, and set a timeline.
4) Make your goals visible.
Write them down. Read them everyday so that you are always reminded of what your intention is.
5) Avoid procrastination.
Work toward your goals on a regular basis, and follow time-tested tactics for staying on track.
6) Track progress.
Be accountable. Keep a checklist of items completed toward achieving your goal.
7) Review and re-evaluate.
Measure your results at the half way mark. Look at your goals, identify obstacles and modify them based on your needs.
8) Ask for help.
There may be setbacks along the way. Enlist the support of a mentor, co-worker or manager.
9) Stay focused.
Stick with it. It's okay to learn from mistakes.
10) Reward and reflect.
Reward yourself for a job well done. Build on your experiences -- both good and bad.

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