Are you a goal setter and a goal getter?
It’s the time of the year when you are “expected” to reflect over the past year and map out your plans for an entire new year. Some people love the process and others go into overdrive procrastination and anxiety… What if I get it wrong??!
I personally sit somewhere in the middle, and I also refuse to do these types of things because everyone else does, or it is the right time of the year. Staking out my future is something I personally prefer to do when I am in the right headspace, and I wanted to share some of my thoughts for those who don’t feel this is a right fit.
Sometimes I go at goalsetting with flair and enthusiasm, and other times I find there is so much ‘stuff’ I should be doing that it is just too much.
Be Kind to yourself!
You are unique and you can do IT!
My pre-tip for goal setting is that we are all unique and that what works for everyone else may not work for you. Some people are planners, others are drafters. Just because your plans and goals don’t look like everyone else’s, it doesn’t mean they don’t work for you.
I personally spend a lot of time planning, thinking, and tinkering before getting things into a form that I am happy to share with others, but I always use some of my trusted friends and allies (and sometimes my critics) as sounding boards for my planning before during my tinkering.
When I work with clients, I make sure we take into account your unique differences and create something that you OWN and feel that you can be accountable for – possibly with a few nudges. My recommendation is to always start with the Kick Start Your Journey standalone, “no strings attached” package to set your baseline and design your itinerary or journey.
Start with your future vision
And remember to review it at your own cadence
This is something that I was introduced to at an entrepreneur resort that I was part of in 2018 and I love it. Place yourself in the future ( I like to set the date 12 months from now ) and use your imagination to place yourself in the future. Picture your own success and describe where you are across a variety of areas, including business, health, wealth, family & friends, team, customers, partners…. Imagine your success and put it down on paper. Make sure you are clear on your WHY, WHO, WHAT, HOW and WHEN (and accept that it WILL change – continuously).
Now that you have your future success down on paper, start working backwards. What can you do today to get closer to your future self? If you started at 12 months, can you map out the quarters leading up to that? Can you map it back to the coming four weeks?
More importantly, make sure you set your own cadence or rhythm for reviewing and updating. Even if you don’t make any changes, it always helps to go back and look at what you set out to do and think “yup, I did that right” or “okay, that didn’t work, but I can tweak it”.
Be authentic and congruent
And make sure you find your self one or more accountability partners – works a treat!
Whatever you do, make sure that your goals are relevant to you and what you are passionate about. Being authentic and genuine makes life so much easier. By adding congruent, you create another dimension of creating goals that you can hold yourself accountable to.
Every time I do something, I think “is this congruent with my mission, vision, values and goals”? Am I walking the talk? By incorporating congruency into your goal setting, you can set yourself up for success.
But don’t forget to pick the low-hanging fruit
It is easy to get overwhelmed about ALL the things that you may want to achieve, and I always encourage you to aim high. However, it is important to not lose sight of the low hanging fruit. The things right in front of your eyes that can be your bread and butter while you still work out the detailed what, how and when of your big items.
In Norwegian we have an expression “many little streams create a big river”, which always reminds me to stop, look around and think about the little things I could do today.
A bit about me
My vision is a world where women and other people who are underrepresented in tech roles and organisations, show up and step into IT (information technology) to create a better world and meaningful technology solutions.
My mission is to enable, empower and inspire people to discover their superpower in a world that is underpinned by technology by building skills, confidence, shared language, collaborative relationships, and entrepreneurial mindsets.
I run a number of different programs through schools, for individuals or through corporates, and the ones that are most relevant for the Freelancing Gems is the IT Girls Coaching & Mentoring where I work specifically with women who already are in or aspire to step into IT roles and organisations.