Today is the first day of the rest of my life, everything looks brand new or is that just the new year euphoria talking? As I get out of bed, I am thankful it’s resumption day, I have actually missed my colleagues and the rush that comes with deadlines.
I went on my customary 2week vacation in December to ‘reflect’ on the past year and strategize for the coming one; I also used the opportunity to indulge in amazing cuisine. I look forward to getting back to the office and showing off my new-found confidence; stemming from my New Year Goals (NYG)… Yep! I have an acronym for it.
I chose not to call it a ‘resolution’ because I have made many of those ‘lofty, even dreamy’ ones and gave up on them half way through the year. I have NYGs this year because they are – Specific, Measurable, Actionable, Relevant and Time-Bound; SMART right?
I also set milestones along the journey to achieving my career goals; that way I can celebrate the ‘little victories’ and measure how close I am to completing these goals. It’s fun to dream about all the amazing things I want to do; I sure would like to become the MD of my company, but how do I get there? Or maybe I am tired of my 9-5 job and I want to become a business owner – which business, where do I start?
Even if I choose to set the bar right where it is, and say I don’t want to be an over-achiever, I still need a plan in order not to become redundant. Now do you see what I am saying? If setting goals seem daunting; the cost of not setting any, might be much higher than you think.
So, start this movement with me, let’s make NYGs ‘a thing’. Pickup a pen and paper and write all the things you want, and try to write how you intend to get them. It’s really that simple! Start writing or make a voice note or however else you choose to document it. Just do it today! Maybe you have written your goals, are they big, moderate or conservative? Dare to dream big! The question is not ‘Why should I?’ It’s ‘Why not?’
Speaking of doing things, I must get ready for work… let me know how it goes by sharing this and dropping a comment. I would love to hear from you.