Insights goal setting

New Year goal-setting

There’s no better time than the New Year to focus on goal-setting – to look at what you’ve achieved over the past year, and think about your direction for the next twelve months. Goal-setting provides focus, boosts motivation and increases your self confidence. If you want to stay happy and motivated, it’s important to do this for both your personal life and your career.

Insights Discovery has produced a useful goal-setting template. It prompts you to think ‘This year I’ll…’ about the following:

  • Travel to…
  • Read about…
  • Ask someone…
  • Do more…
  • Do less…
  • Make an effort to…
  • Challenge myself to…
  • Be more curious about…
  • Learn to…
  • Learn not to…

This template works well for your personal life and your working life and is far more effective than making New Year’s resolutions. It steers you towards setting realistic, achievable targets, so there’s every chance you’ll be able to accomplish everything you intend to. Print it out here, fill it in, and keep it somewhere visible as a constant reminder throughout the year.

Get into the habit of regularly reviewing your goals, and check that you’re still on the right track. You might find that you do so well that you have to do another goal-setting exercise after six months! But if it takes longer than a year, so be it. The main thing is that you’re continuously making progress and moving forwards.

In terms of the new year at work, perhaps it’s time to get out there and raise your profile? Whether a small or a large opportunity, there’s always a way to raise your profile at work and be noticed for all the right reasons. Could you, for example, volunteer to:

  • Present at a conference?
  • Hold a new meeting?
  • Train someone?
  • Attend a lunchtime learning event?
  • Speak at an industry event?

If the thought of any/all of the above fill you with dread, it’s time to get in touch. Our Public Speaking Monkeys approach uses proven NLP techniques to work on mind-set before skill set. Once your monkeys are tamed and you are free of fear, your confidence will soar. Then we can start working on advanced presentation skills techniques, and you’ll develop into a strong presenter.

Perhaps you are someone who isn’t scared of public speaking, but are you really the best you can be? And are you really pushing yourself forward at every opportunity? If the answer is no, our One To One Presentation Skills Modules could be for you. It has been designed for people who are already confident and competent presenters, but really want to master the art. And that reminds me…my new book on ‘Career-limiting presentations’ will be out this spring.

Go on, I challenge you to make that one of your goals for 2018 – to be a calm, confident speaker.

 

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Dee Clayton

Posted by Dee Clayton on 11 Jan 2018

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