We’re officially in the month of April. It’s Spring here in Hong Kong….the flowers are out, the weather is warming up and I’m starting to feel excited about the months ahead (baby Barnesy is due in 2 months! Eep!)
The first 3 months have passed us by and now is a great time to do a quick review of those New Years resolutions and goals that you may have set for yourself at the beginning of the year.
You may be rolling your eyes right now at the prospect of having to take time out of your busy calendar to do this. But trust me this IS a necessary step to actually achieving your goals…
There are few more missing ingredients, which I share in this week’s blog post (yep I know I said one in the title but I’ve got a few bonus ones for you).But for now…here me out.
At work, do you have to do a review of your performance annually, perhaps bi-annually or quarterly?
I know it can be a royal pain to do but it does serve a purpose, right?
Your targets (aka goals) are designed to make sure you and the Company are aligned to the focus for the year.
To make sure those goals are being achieved, you’ve got to check in from time to time to course-correct and redirect to make sure you’re on track.
If you’re not on track…well then your name doesn’t go on that promotion list or (perhaps even more importantly) that list of top performers who deserve a pay rise or bigger bonus.
If you’re going to show up at your job you might as well do it wholeheartedly and get rewarded for it right?
If you’re looking at making a career change or starting your own business, you’ve got to take the initiative to set those goals and take the time to do those reviews too.
So let’s dive into the 3 things you can do to make sure you set the right goals and most importantly take action on them:
Step 1: Get clear on the intention behind your goal
This is counter intuitive to the way we’ve been taught to set goals which is to be Specific, Measurable, Action Focused, Realistic and Time Bound.
There is definitely a time and place to be super clear on the desired outcome so you can measure it and track your progress however I’m also a big believer in keeping the underlying intention front and centre too.
When we’re so focused on how our goals have to play out, we can sometimes have our blinkers on to the other opportunities that may be perfect for us and our journey.
e.g. let’s say you want to start a business and your goal for the next 3 months is to figure out your business idea. Your friend might ask you to help out on a project but because you’re so focused on figuring out your business idea and business plan then you say no. Well, you may have just closed down the opportunity to test out a potentially exciting way for you use your gifts and eventually package that into a business.
Instead the intention for the above example could be:
I fully align to a career or business path that is a great fit for my skills, will fulfill me at a deeper soul level and will allow me to earn a great income doing what I love.
Step 2: Be grateful for what you have achieved
Most of us haven’t achieved all that we wanted in the last 3 months. Before you beat yourself up about not doing “enough” then make sure are grateful for all the work that you have done.
This will encourage you to focus on the positive and what you have done rather than giving yourself hell for what you haven’t.
Step 3: Ask yourself what could I be doing better?
This is a positive way to make sure you’re taking the best action possible to achieve your goals. It’s empowering because you’re forcing yourself to ask the question:
“How can I work smarter, not harder?”
e.g. maybe you need to dedicate some time to think about your career or hire a career coach or leave the office on time twice a week to pursue a hobby so that you bring back some joy in your life.
This is designed to help you get back into the driving seat of your life.
There you have it 3 steps to setting the right goals and doing a review effectively so you can take action on your big goals and dreams.
In the mean time, I’d love to hear from you:
Which of the 3 steps do you need to focus on as a priority?
Leave a comment and let me know.
Wishing you a brilliant rest of the week.
P.S. I’d love to hear from you…what blogs, books, podcasts, experts do you read, watch or follow to seek out career advice and to figure out your purpose? I’m doing a little research and would love to know. Simply leave a comment to let me know. Thanks!