As a kid, I loved slates. Growing up in Nigeria, we made slates using any sort of hardwood board we could find. If you were lucky, we would find a wall that was completely useless to everyone and would not attract any sort of spanking if we wrote on it. The ability to write something and then wipe it off to create space for something new was priceless. I believe that’s the type of opportunity that having the privilege of seeing a new year gives you. It allows you to start over.
For a lot of women, 2016 was the hardest year you’ve ever been through and for others, it was the best. But regardless of how the past year went, 2017 presents an opportunity to reinvent yourself and really tap into the strength that you carry on the inside. I’ve always believed that all women are strong, resilient, and capable of making the best of any situation. One of the ways to strategically channel your strength is by setting goals and having a game plan for the year. It’s already day three and the clock is ticking. There’s the temptation to fall back into old habits, but your time is your most precious asset. If you haven’t already planned the year before stepping into it, you can do so today.
Goal-setting allows you to stay in charge of what happens to you, with God on your side of course, as opposed to just floating through each day. It builds your confidence in your abilities and gives you a clearer view of where you’re headed. The most important thing to remember about setting your goals is that they need to be Smart, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Timely.
Here’s a quick-step-by-step guide to help you as you plan:
- Write down each goal in positive, action statements, for example, “I want to gain admission into the MBA program at Harvard Business School by August 2017” versus “I want to go back to school”.
- Designate an accountability partner, someone who keeps you honest and can call you back to order if you start slipping. This could be your partner or friend, as long as it is someone who genuinely has your best interest at heart
- Create an action plan by breaking down the larger goal into smaller goals with dates to make sure that you establish a solid timeline for the accomplishment of your goal.
- Take the first step to accomplishing your first small goal. For example, if the first small goal on your list for getting into Harvard is to write the GMAT exam, then the first step for you could be to research the GMAT, find out the requirements, costs, and available dates to take the exam.
- Repeat this process for each goal and do not be discouraged if something doesn’t go as you hoped. The beauty of planning is that the journey may not be smooth and you may have to tweak things here and there, but your goal stays the same.
- If you have any questions about the process, don’t hesitate to reach out to me here or on any of the social media platforms.
It’s not as difficult as it may seem; you’ll feel much better once you have a game plan for this year. I truly wish you a fulfilling year, one that brings all your dreams to life. My prayer is that you will thrive and be the best version of yourself for you, your family, and your career.
Happy 2017! Let’s do this!!
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