As we kick off the new year, many people will sit down and create a list of resolutions they hope to accomplish in the next 12 months. Unfortunately, it’s much easier to make that list than to stick to it throughout the year. There is, however, a better way to set and achieve your goals. Your goals will most likely fall into two categories: personal and professional. For each category, think about immediate goals, short-term goals and long-term goals. Immediate goals may be things that can be accomplished this week. For example, updating your resume may be an immediate goal. Short-term goals are things that can be accomplished in the next few weeks or next few months. These goals may have mini-goals, or steps, embedded into them that must be accomplished before the entire goal can be reached. Professional development might be a short-term goal if you are planning to take some courses or training in the next few months. Long-term goals are the most complex. They often require multiple steps and an extended period of time. Some of the most common long-term goals are related to wellness, exercise and diet. Changing lifestyle habits takes time and results usually aren’t visible overnight.
January 02, 2013