The most obvious one is Work Accomplishments. These will mirror what’s on the performance plan you are probably required to do as part of your company’s performance management process. Perhaps getting that big project over the finish line, bringing in that big account, launching that new project, etc.
The next two, Skill Development and Knowledge Growth go hand in hand, both speak to your development. Are there skills you want to develop? For example, learning a new software program, working on your public speaking, or getting your coaching certificate,
Knowledge Growth is about how you plan to stay up to date. What are the latest trends in your industry? How is your function evolving? You’ve got to stay on top of these things.
Self-Care and Balance are also critical, especially in this uncertain time. How are you going to take care of yourself to be able to achieve these other goals? Is it about sleep, exercise, mindfulness, boundaries, etc.? How are you going to keep yourself firing on all cylinders?
Network Expansion and Relationship Management, also go together. We have been talking about networking for the last couple of months so you should be well equipped here.
Network Expansion and identifying who you want to add to your network. As we have said before, be intentional and think about why you want to connect with each individual on your list.
Relationship Development is just going deeper with relationships. Maintaining and strengthening those relationships that you have both internally as well as part of your broader external network.
When you start drafting your goals, consider the following Professional Growth Wheel™ for some potential goal categories.
Harvard Research study
The same Harvard study also found that those who write down their goals are three times as likely to achieve them.
We like to use the mnemonic, GPS, to remember my goal setting process – and how appropriate – as our GPS helps us find our way!
We have been preaching SMART goals (Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Realistic, Time-bound) for many years, and it still applies.
When you start drafting your goals, consider the above “Professional Growth Wheel” for some potential goal categories.
Many of us have written goals in the past and then proceeded to put them in a drawer and forget about them. One easy way of preventing this is to use technology. Simple. Set a calendar reminder for the first of every month to remind you it is time to track your progress and ensure you are clear on what actions you are going to take in the new month.
A study by the University of Michigan showed that 76% of participants who wrote down their goals and actions, and provided weekly progress to a friend, successfully achieved their goals.
So don’t keep those goals to yourself! Share them with your spouse, boss, friend or get involved with an accountability group.
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