Ahh yes, another new year which means a fresh start. And of course we know you made some resolutions. Maybe you want to hit the gym more or drink more water, maybe you want to read more books or be on social media less, but have you set up goals for your career growth? Just as the new year is a good time to start a new workout routine, it is also a good time to reflect on where you see yourself by the end of the year, for the next 5 years, and so on. We’ll show you a few things that should be on your list to consider for 2022.
Note Where You Currently Are: Take some time to think about where you currently fall in your career goals, did you set any last year that are still outstanding or did you meet and even exceed those goals. Take some time to appreciate how far you’ve come from when you first started and be proud of yourself. This will help you set up your new goals as a starting point, you can elaborate on goals you had previously set, or even move on from those completely.
Seek Out A Mentor Or Professional: Not sure what the next step for you should be? Seek out advice from someone you trust, maybe a current or even former boss, a mentor or other professional familiar with your field, maybe a former educator can help you figure this out. If you still are lost, then work on finding your own examples through the internet. You can search through professionals on LinkedIn and see the progression patterns they have taken, even feel free to try and reach out to someone you admire in your field. They might even fill you in on the secrets of their success.
Be Sure Your Goals Are Measurable and Attainable: The best way to track your progress is by making sure your goals are measurable which will look vastly different from industry to industry and even from person to person, but figure out what measurement works best for you. For example, if you are selling a product, you can measure your goals by the amount of sales in units or dollars of your product, if you are an artist you can measure your goals in the amount of commissions or art sales, and so on. You also want to find the balance between a goal that is an accomplishment for you, one that is a bit difficult, and also one that you can actually achieve. Don’t go so crazy from the beginning and expect your business to grow 100x in a week, but you also never know so just use your best judgement.
With the fresh start of the new year is a great time to think back and reflect on where you are in your position and be excited for how much more you can exceed. Even if you’ve just recently started a new position it’s a great idea to set yearly goals to assess how the position fits your needs and where it plays into your goals. Using the tips above you can be well prepared to set new goals year after year.