Welcome to day 1 of the Goal-Setting workshop. I want to make 2014 my best year yet by setting goals to achieve my dreams. This workshop provides advice and tips for goal writing as well as motivation to stick to them!
By the end of December, I am normally ready for the end of the holiday season. I’ve had plenty of feasts, presents and holiday cheer. It is such a magical time and completely exhausting at the same time. I enjoy cleaning my house after the holidays and carefully packing away the holiday decorations. I love that feeling I get when my home and schedule are restored back to the usual. I enjoy the sense of freshness of a new year. For me, January 1st feels like a brand new chapter. There is so much opportunity and potential for a new start. I can do anything with a new year. Setting strong goals can help you achieve success in the new year.
Growing up, my dad would always ask me about my goals for the new year. We would also have this conversation right before every new school year or semester during college. My dad always insisted on having this conversation even during those teenage years when my response was probably an enormous eye roll! This was his way of getting me to start thinking about my future and what I wanted from life. I finally started to appreciate this over the last few years and am glad he never gave up on this conversation.
When I started my first job after college in July 2012 (at a big-4 accounting firm) I was shocked by how much the firm focused on goal setting. We were required to attend a 2-hour presentation about goal setting. Additionally, twice a year were required to go back and review our work goals and assess our progress. If that wasn’t enough, we were also each assigned a counselor (normally a manager or senior manager) and required to meet with them once a year to discuss our progress on our goals. It appears that some businesses also seem to understand the importance of pushing their employees to set and achieve their goals.
So Why a Workshop?
While talking about goals is very important, the vast majority of people do not take action on their goals and dreams. I know that I, for one, am guilty. Some years I didn’t even bother to formulate any goals at all.
Goals are steps to reach your dreams. Goals require commitment, consistency and enthusiasm. Sure, sometimes I do get those goals written down but how often am I able to follow through with them? I’m talking January-December…Hardly ever. Life is busy and it seems like people struggle to make time for these activities in their personal lives. I wanted to create a resource for those of you looking to have a great year ahead and change the way you use goal-setting.
A Sneak Preview of what’s to come this week
- Tips on goal writing
- Free goal printable
- Advice on how to stick to it this year
Have you ever set and stuck to your goals for an entire year?