As we approach the year end, many will start to prepare for reviewing goals and achievements!
Reviewing your goals and achievements can be an empowering process. Here’s a step-by-step guide to prepare you for it, but remember, it should not just be carried out at the year end!
Collect all the goals you set previously…in the modern world, and as people strive for a better and healthier work/life balance, these could be a combination of personal, professional, health-related, or any other area of your life.
Make a list of your accomplishments related to those goals. Include both big achievements and smaller milestones. It’s the milestones along the route that keep your goals on track!
Assess where you stand in relation to each goal. Consider what progress you’ve made, what worked well, and what could be improved. Identify challenges you faced and the lessons you learned. Understanding the obstacles can help you to plan better for the future.
Where applicable, seek feedback from mentors, peers, or anyone involved in your goals. External perspectives can offer valuable insights, with important feedback and more.
If your goals had measurable metrics, analyse the data to understand your performance…target to plan…look at under and/or over achievement and consider the rationale behind each. What may have to change in the future? What have you learned?
Reflect on whether your achievements will align with your values and long-term vision. Assess the overall impact of your accomplishments, and the contributions made where applicable.
Acknowledge and celebrate your achievements, no matter how small. It boosts your morale and motivates you for future endeavors. This should also be done on a weekly basis…be proud of your wins…over a year, and grossed up, this can be hugely significant. Don’t beat yourself up about small failures.
Based on your review, adjust your goals if needed. Set new targets or modify existing ones to align with your current situation and aspirations. Develop a plan outlining the steps needed to reach revised or new goals. Break down these steps into smaller, manageable tasks.
Set a regular schedule (monthly, quarterly, and annually) to review your goals and achievements. This helps you stay on track and adapt as needed. Understand that adjustments might be necessary as circumstances change. Stay positive and remain flexible in pursuing your goals.
Visualize your future self after achieving your goals to reinforce motivation. Maintain a journal to record your progress, thoughts, and feelings throughout the journey. Perhaps find an accountability partner that supports your goals. Remember, reviewing your goals and achievements is a continuous process. It’s about learning, adapting, and staying committed to personal growth and success.
People with goals succeed because they know where they’re going.