How To Set And Achieve Your Career Goals For The New Year

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Career Trends: December 29, 2022

Curated by the Knowledge Team of  ICS Career GPS

It’s important to set goals because if you don’t, it’s like trying to get somewhere without putting directions into a GPS.

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A new year is upon us, which means it’s officially goal-setting season. You look back and reflect on your performance, and what you have accomplished so far, and look ahead to set new goals to fulfil all that needs to be done. The fresh slate of a new year prompts many people to set new goals.

It’s important to set goals because if you don’t, it’s like trying to get somewhere without putting directions into a GPS.

As you consider your career goals for 2023, here are some expert tips to help you set and achieve them:

1. Take stock of where you are

  • Try to set personal and professional goals at the same time, as they often influence one another.
  • “Ask yourself, ‘How is my career supporting my ideal life? What do I want my ideal life to look like?’ Then reverse-engineer your career goals from that.
  • Some of the most common professional goals are getting promoted or landing a new job. If that’s one of your goals, consider the skills you need to improve to achieve that.
  • Have a meeting with your boss where you discuss your desire to move to the next level and solicit feedback regarding any performance or competency gaps that they see between you and those operating at the next level.
  • Ask for specific examples and use that feedback to set your goals for the following year.

2. Zero in

  • A lot of people set goals because they think they should, or they’re comparing themselves to somebody else, but they’re not actually thinking about their intention behind those goals.
  • Thinking about why you want to set this goal, how will it change your life, how will it impact the people around you, and what is the purpose behind it — can not only help you set more specific goals for yourself, but it’ll also help to keep you motivated throughout the year.
  • Your goals can feel nebulous without a roadmap to follow, so break them down into tangible steps.
  • It’s also important to be specific about what you want to achieve.

3. Be realistic

  • Finding the sweet spot between being too safe and too ambitious can be tricky.
  • Aim for goals that are slightly uncomfortable, but something that your brain can still get on board with.
  • A lot of people go from 0 to 100 and try to go overboard at the start of the year and then just get overwhelmed.
  • It’s better to limit yourself to a number of goals that feel manageable and sustainable and then go after those goals and if you reach them, you can set a new one.

4. Monitor your progress

  • Check-in on your progress quarterly.
  • Don’t be afraid to adjust your goals or their timelines later as you better understand your priorities, or as your priorities shift.
  • Keeping a “kudos folder” where you log any praise, achievements, or small wins along the way can help you monitor your progress.
  • You may also consider sharing your goals with a close friend who can help hold you to them.

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