By: Lisa Solomon
‘Tis the season to reflect on the year we had and start to think about what we want to accomplish in the year ahead. We did this exercise with the team at Atheneum Collective and we all agreed that 2020 threw us for a loop when it comes to accomplishing our goals. While it wasn’t easy, we all learned a tremendous amount from the goals we accomplished as well as the goals we did not meet. The good news is all of that our learnings have set us up to create actionable, specific goals for 2021 that are both a stretch but achievable.
The process of setting goals is an opportunity to reflect and get honest with yourself on what you want to accomplish both personally and professionally. We wanted to share our process, including a worksheet you can download to help you in your quest for success in 2021.
Step 1 – Awareness and Evaluation
In order to create both personal and professional goals you’ll need to have a clear understanding of who you are, what matters to you, and what you want to achieve. Don’t just think about 2021; when you start to evaluate what you want in life, think about what you want in 5-10 years. What impact do you want to have in the world? What are you good at? What do you enjoy doing? The other most important part that is often missing in goals setting is remaining really honest with yourself on what is holding you back. What are the self limiting beliefs about yourself or your business that are stopping you from achieving results? By writing them down, and even better sharing them with others, we are better prepared to conquer those beliefs and start to believe in the new more positive thoughts instead.
Step 2 – Setting Specific Goals
In this step, we built on step one and started with creating a braindump of goals in all areas of our life as if there are no limits on what we could do, be, or become. These are big bold dreams, and the list is fun to create as there are no limits! These are goals for health, work, life, business, fun, money, growth, learning, and spirituality.
From that list, pick the two most important goals you want to achieve in the next 5-10 years. Think big, think impossible, and work every day to make the impossible possible. Next, pick the three to five most important goals for 2021. Get as specific as possible. It is too vague to say that you want to make more money; it needs to be specific, i.e. increase revenue by X% monthly or increase profits by $10 million in 2021. “I want to lose weight” is not a specific goal; try “I want to lose 10 pounds by March 31st”.
Step 3 – Create your Action Plan
You can have the best goals in the world but unless you have clear actionable plans to achieve them, your goals are a fantasy. For a goal to become a reality you need to act. You need to commit to doing and if what you are doing is not working, learn from it and try something different. In fact, if you are not failing then you are likely not doing. Being busy and stressing out is not action; actions need to produce results.
Doing research and learning from others and other intellectual pursuits are really important, but don’t confuse them with action. Talking about doing something is passive action. Action comes from creating and doing. So if your goal is to increase your social media following by three times, that means creating posts, engaging with followers, posting consistently and trying different tactics and strategies. Learn from what is not working, what is working, and doing it again and again until you reach your goal.
Every decision can be looked at to see if it will get you closer to those big important life goals. Goals need to be specific, measurable, and timely. You also need to have weekly/monthly check-ins to make sure you are tracking your goals. There is nothing holding you back from reaching your goals but YOU! You can do it. We recommend that you also check out our blog post on The Power of 60 Days to get ideas on how to break down your goals into short sprints. Don’t waste any more time. Add your email below and we will send you the 2021 Atheneum Collective Goal Setting Workbook.
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