Tis the season for reflection and shiver-inducing songs like John Lennon’s Happy Xmas (War Is Over).
In the song, he asks, “So this is Christmas and what have you done?”
This year, I get to respond with “Everything I set out to.”
Last December — for the first time — I seriously sat down to write down my professional goals for 2013 and made a plan for achieving them. What did I lay out and what did I accomplish?
- I launched my passion project Lifeboat — a revolution of people practicing great friendship, which got covered in Forbes, BuzzFeed, and NPR.
- I worked with Mark to identify a strategic road map for reinventing Sea Change — including developing new positioning language, creating thought leadership to match, and launching a brand new responsive website that actually reflects what we do and who we work for.
- I battled my anxiety with public speaking by having eight major speaking gigs over the span of 2 and half months including this one at MCON, a day of thought leadership and conversation about engaging the millennial generation for good.
- I actually blogged about my take on the world of fundraising, non profits and leadership instead of just talking about blogging like I’ve done in years past.
It’s amazing what a little bit of strategic thinking and planning can do! I encourage you to try it.
- (1) Sit down and outline one professional goal you’d like to achieve in 2014. Do you want to learn a new skill? Do you want to manage your team better? Do you want to change careers?
- (2) Create a quarterly and monthly road map for how you can achieve that goal. Make sure to include measurable outcomes each quarter.
- (3) What are the key activities that will help you achieve your goal? Put those into your monthly road map.
- (4) Carve out time in your calendar (yes – block out hours each week) that you can dedicate to those key activities.
- (5) Tell a friend about your goal. Ask them to hold you accountable at a quarterly check in. Get those in your calendar.
Don’t put too much pressure on yourself. Think of this as a fun activity that will set you up for professional success/change in 2014!