Here’s what to consider when goal setting.
Reflect On the Past to Prepare for the Future
This year’s challenges revealed the strengths and weaknesses of companies, industries, and individuals, and changed many strategies as a result. “It’s important to set goals that align with the future, not with the past,” says Ryan Frechette, a career coach at Korn Ferry Advance. Here are some points to consider:
- How your company or industry has changed or shifted priorities
- How you’ve changed and developed personally
- What you’ve learned about yourself
- How your career development ideas and values have evolved, and what matters to you going forward in your career
Speed Up Your Timelines
Beware of setting goals that will take a year to achieve. In a quickly evolving world, you may end up working for months toward something that will no longer be relevant if the world pivots. If you do have a long-term goal, break it into smaller pieces that you can achieve within shorter time frames. “As the saying goes, ‘fail fast,’” Frechette says. As you check off each step toward your big goal, assess your direction and pivot your plan as necessary.
Draw Upon Your Resilience
Chances are, you’ve encountered obstacles and adapted throughout 2020, and built a lot of resilience as a result. Journal about the ways you’ve handled stress, used your emotional intelligence, practiced learning agility, and rebounded from setbacks.
If you end up having to change—or scrap—your list of goals midway through next year, remember that you have the skills to recover and keep moving forward. As uncomfortable as uncertainty is, the soft skills you build during this time will continue to pay off throughout your entire career.