It is that time of year to get all your ducks in a row — spend time thinking about what you want to accomplish for the year, make the selections, and put them down on paper as smart goals (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, timebound). It is so important to set your sights on exactly what dreams and goals you want to strive for and prepare a pathway to make those goals a reality. The three tips listed below will assist you in solidifying your goals for 2023.
1. You will never drive into the future looking into the rearview mirror!
First things first: know where you are and know where you want to go. Once you know where you want to go, you can plan the journey and celebrate your wins as you make forward progress.
2. Set your key performance indicators (KPIs).
Measure your progress by checking in on a specific schedule to be sure you are making the progress you want to see. Daily, weekly, monthly, and quarterly data checks on progress are important and provide an opportunity to evaluate your progress.
3. Seek out an accountability partner.
Use an accountability partner to review your progress every 30, 60, 90 days, and 6 months, and then a final evaluation of your year’s journey. Adjust along the way: plan it, do it, check it, then adjust your actions as needed to keep your progress moving forward.
It is ok to adjust your steering along the way based on objective data; forward, backward, sideways — all directions can occur. The key is to evaluate your KPIs and then adjust your actions as needed to hit your milestone targets, and your ultimate dream goal.
Other Simple Ways to Achieving Your Goals
- Audit your work regularly: how am I doing and what is next?
- Don’t compromise safety or quality.
- Work to have your relationships appreciate over time — everyone needs others to complete their journeys.
We all benefit from being reminded of these goal-achievement tips. Each of us strives to make positive contributions every year. Learn from the past and keep facing forward. The “So What; Now What” mantra from SuperConference 2022 is helpful to keep in mind while planning your goals and staying focused.