Are you someone who sets goals? Written goals? According to this Forbes article, those with written goals are more likely to accomplish them. Yet many of us don’t have goals at all. How do you start? Most of us have heard of SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-measurable) as the recommended way to construct goals. I suggest it goes a little deeper than that. Separate your goals into learning and performance. What do you want to learn in the next year? What performance do you want to improve in the next year? Consider having both kinds of goals, and factor in someone to provide you feedback along the way. This is building accountability into your goal setting, and provides you an outsider view on the level of clarity and challenge you have built into your goals. We have 10 weeks left in the year, plenty of time to start contemplating what you want for yourself in the new year.
About the Author: Judy Hissong, CLM
Judy Hissong is the President of Nesso Strategies. A former law firm Chief Operating Officer, she helps firms become more profitable by advising leaders in strategic and leadership development challenges. Her mission is “world domination for Good.” By creating actionable, lightbulb moments that leaders want to share and spread, she intends to improve the world one person at a time. When she’s not speaking, training and consulting, Judy teaches quarterly online workshops and facilitates Leaders Lab, a free monthly video conference that enables small groups of leaders to brainstorm strategies and solutions to work through common issues that keep firms stuck. Learn more at www.nessostrategies.com.