Updated: Dec 2, 2021
We will open the book, its pages are blank. We are going to put words on them ourselves.
The book is called Opportunity and its first chapter is New Year’s Day.
- Edith Lovejoy Pierce
This month in addition to preparing for our holiday celebrations, I’m also beginning to think about my goals for the new year. The weeks leading to January are a great time to take inventory of your life and to prepare to set achievable skills.
How would you describe the past year?
What do you wish you could do the same next year?
What do you wish you could do differently next year?
It’s also a good time to review your goals for this year. What goals did you set last year? How many of those goals did you achieve? What might you do differently this year to make sure your goals are achieved?
What areas of your life do you want to set goals in this year?
Are you more focused on professional or personal goals?
Like many people, you may have many different goals that you are considering. Starting with many potential goals and then prioritizing down to just a few may make it more likely that you will achieve your goals.
Ask yourself the following questions:
• Do I want to focus more professionally or personally?
• What areas of my life am I most interested in changing or improving?
• What goals come to my mind immediately when I think about what I want to achieve?
Use our Success Worksheet to help you determine your goal areas and to start a preliminary list of potential goals.
Think about Time
A goal without a timeline is just a dream. - Robert Herjavec
Consider the time period you’d like to focus on for your goals this year. Do you prefer setting long-term or short-term goals?
Review the potential goals you have filled out on the download and determine an appropriate timeline for each one.
For instance, the goal of getting a new job might take eight months (long term) while the goal of exercising three times a week might only take two months (short term).
The Growth Group Academy’s course Sustaining Resilience (here) recommends setting short-term goals as a way to strengthen your resilience. Consider your own resilience, and how successful your goal setting was last year, to determine what might be the best time frame for you to focus on this year. The Success Worksheet provides some potential time frames for your consideration.
Consider your Mindset
In a growth mindset, challenges are exciting rather than threatening. So rather than thinking, oh, I’m going to reveal my weaknesses, you say, wow, here’s a chance to grow.
- Carol Dweck
This is a good time to consider your mindset. Dr. Carol Dweck introduced the concept of the growth and fixed mindset in her book, Mindset: The New Psychology of Success. She identified people with a growth mindset as believing in the ability to improve talent and intelligence while people with a fixed mindset believe these are set from birth and can’t be improved. How do you think about your ability to grow and learn? Do you see how these different mindsets could impact how easy it is for someone to achieve their goals?
Use Goal Minded December to check and strengthen your mindset for goal success.
Consider your own mindset and use the Success Worksheet to take a quiz and answer some questions about your results.
Join Me for Goal Setting December
Join me this month for Goal Minded December-let’s get ready for the new year together! Use this week’s complimentary Success Worksheet (the link is below) to work through this week’s Actionable Success Steps. And follow along for weekly blogs, reels, and downloadable worksheets to get you ready for a new year of goal success.
Practice* Actionable Success Steps
Use these Actionable Success Steps and our complimentary Success Worksheet (here) to participate in Goal Minded December!
(1) Choose the goal areas on the worksheet that you want to focus on this year.
(2) Determine the time frames for your goals for 2022.
(3) Create a list of preliminary goals with goal description, goal area and time frame for achieving the goal indicated.
(4) Take the Growth Mindset Test (here) and document your score in the worksheet.
The Growth Group Academy currently provides instruction to strengthen your success skills. Check out our website and sign up for our emails to be the first to learn about more Goal Setting December activities!