Have You Defined your Goals for 2016?

As you continue to prepare yourself to make a difference in 2016, I suggest you focus today on setting your goals for next year.\r\n\r\nMerriam-Webster defines goals as “the end toward which effort is directed.” To define these “end-points,” let me invite you to work on the following three steps:\r\n\r\n1. Read my blog entry, “4 Steps to Chart Your Life Journey.” Today, we will focus on the fourth and final step. This assumes you already worked on the first three steps. If you haven’t, please read my last two blog posts (December 14 and 21).\r\n\r\n2. Set a long-term goal (3-5 years in the future) for each of your roles. Staying in alignment with your personal mission statement, define what success will look like for each of your roles. The beauty of using a longer-term time horizon is that it gives you permission to think outside the box. Don’t let your current situation constrain your future aspirations. A few potential examples are:\r\n• Building or rebuilding a family relationship in three years\r\n• Doubling your income in four years\r\n• Earning an additional degree in four years\r\n• Starting a new service for your community in five years\r\n\r\n3. Set a 12-month goal for each of your life roles. For each of your long-term goals, define what you want to commit to achieve in 2016. For example, if you aim to double your income in four years, will it be a linear process (equal amounts per year), or will there be a big jump after two years? Other general suggestions are:\r\n• Be as specific as you can.\r\n• Make each goal as measurable as possible. Choose numbers over words.\r\n• Be realistic.\r\n• Take a holistic approach. Each goal will likely require new and extra effort from you.\r\n• Prioritize. Rank order your goals from high to low.\r\n\r\nCount on me to help you make a difference in 2016.\r\n\r\nPercy M. Cannon\r\nAuthor, Consultant, Facilitator & Coach\r\nwww.cannon.consulting

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