In a more normal year, common career goals might include landing a new job, getting a promotion or learning new skills. But depending on how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted your life, not to mention your job, the plans you set for yourself at the beginning of 2020 may not have played out like expected. But 2021 is a new year, and setting goals for yourself is a good way to help you achieve more in your career. Here are some guidelines for goal setting in 2021.
Part of the mistake we make too often when setting goals is that we simply fail to make our goals specific. Basically what we mean is that you could set a goal such as losing weight but it needs to be more specific, like I will lose 10kg in the first quarter of the year by exercising 3 times a week. So when setting a career goal such as taking an online course this year, your goal for an example should be “In January, I’m going to register for the class and start immediately to be complete by May 2021”.
The work world is filled with metrics, so why shouldn’t your career goals? Measurable life goals for this year could include paying a specific amount on a debt by working a second job. Measurable career goals for 2021 could include launching your new business by a certain date.
Set realistic goals, you shouldn’t expect to accomplish your career goals overnight. Instead, it takes time for career goals to transpire so you’ll need to stay focused to accomplish your goals over time. If you are struggling to accomplish your career goals, then your aspirations may be unrealistic, and you should modify them and if you are accomplishing your career goals you may need to set the bar higher so that you can maximize your results!
Each career goal should align with your abilities and what you want to accomplish over the course of your career. You should evaluate your current abilities and how they can help you achieve your career goals. You should also determine if you want to enhance your skills so that you can accomplish your goals.
You want to be ambitious. You want to get the most out of the next 12 months. To achieve your career goals, you should look to challenge yourself as you set your goals. But don’t push yourself too hard and get too aggressive about your objectives as you will only set yourself up for disappointment.
Wishing you all a successful year ahead and may you reach all your career that you set out for yourself!