Monday, January 14, 2013

Creating Your Resolution Road Map

You've made your 2013 Career Resolutions.  Now what?

If you really want to achieve your resolutions, you need an implementation plan - a road map to show you how to get from where you are now to where you want to be at the end of 2013.  Your resolutions set your destination.  Now you need to figure out the route to get there.

SMART Goals can help you break down the journey into manageable smaller trips.  Smart goals are:

Specific - Specific goals address the "W" questions: who, what, where, when, which, why
Measurable - Measurable goals set objective criteria to monitor progress - how much, how many, how will I know when it is accomplished?
Actionable - Actionable goals have a defined action plan with individual steps that must be completed.
Realistic - Realistic goals are just that - realistic.  They may stretch you, but won't break you. 
Timely - Timely goals have start dates, mile markers, deadlines and clear destinations.

Sounds easy, doesn't it?  The hard part is figuring out where you want to go.  Once you are clear on that, use your coaches, mentors and resources to create the road map to get there.  Don't get caught up on making the SMART goals perfect.  It's more important to start driving forward. 

Remember - goals aren't set in stone.  There will be detours, road construction and flat tires.  Review your map frequently and make adjustments as needed to your route. 

But, don't let yourself off the hook too easily - hold yourself accountable and be disciplined with your SMART goals. Ask a friend or mentor to hold you accountable to your plan. 

Before you know it it will be December and you will be proud of what you accomplished.

Good luck!

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