Throughout the year, you’ll have to set yourself a number of personal development goals, whether it’s learning to use Excel or improving your public speaking skills. To make sure you follow through with these goals and don’t allow them to fall by the wayside, here are some tips on how to stay focused on your personal development goals this year!
Define what success looks like to you
Success for me is about having a fulfilling career, meaningful relationships, and living life to the fullest. I know that success is not one size fits all and that everyone has their own definition of what makes them feel successful. I also know that I won’t be able to do it alone so I have surrounded myself with people who can help me get there.
Set realistic and achievable goals
It’s important to set realistic and achievable goals so that you feel like you’re making progress. Set a goal to do something small every day, or make it a goal to have a weekly meeting with yourself where you write down what’s happened in the past week and then think about one thing that is going well and one thing that could be improved.
Understand your why
It’s important to understand why you’re pursuing any goal, whether it be professional or personal. Understanding what drives you will help you make more informed decisions and not lose sight of the bigger picture. It can also help motivate you when things get tough. And, of course, it will help keep things in perspective if your goal doesn’t pan out like you hoped.
Create a plan of action
This year, set some clear and attainable personal development goals to help you grow as a person.
If you have trouble focusing or setting priorities, try using the SMART goal-setting method:
This year, set some personal development deadlines and stick to them. Set a deadline for when you want to lose 10 pounds, finish reading that book, or learn how to do something new like play the guitar. Have a goal in mind? Give yourself a deadline and then make it happen.
Get an accountability partner
One of the best ways to stay focused on your personal improvement goals is to get an accountability partner who will hold you accountable for reaching those goals.
An accountability partner can be a friend, family member, coworker, or anyone else that’s willing to help keep you motivated and working towards achieving your objectives.
You don’t need to work with them every day – just find someone who can commit to checking in with you once a week or so.
Celebrate your wins
It is hard to maintain a positive outlook when things are not going the way we want them to. Especially when we have high expectations for ourselves. When it feels like nothing is happening, it can be easy to give up and stop trying. To keep a positive attitude, it is important to celebrate our wins and acknowledge the progress that has been made even if it seems small or insignificant. Recognizing our achievements will motivate us and remind us why we started in the first place.