A new year? How are you mapping out your professional goals?

The start of a new year is the time to set goals. Many people decide to live healthier, cut costs, stop smoking, cycle more often or finally decide to go on a long trip. Have you ever thought about your professional goals? What do you want to achieve in your career in the new year?

What are your goals for the new year?

There are plenty of different professional goals you can set for yourself. To give you some inspiration, here are some good examples:

    1. Undertaking training in order to perform better in your current position

    2. Finding another, better job with more opportunities for development

    3. Building a network with at least 30 people in the same industry, e.g. via LinkedIn

    4. A complete career switch within a 3-year period where you become self-employed

When setting your goals, you always take into account your current and future situation, along with your strengths and areas for improvement. For example, as a 40-year-old senior product developer, a career switch to professional footballer is out of the question.

Avoid discrepancy between different goals

An important point that is unfortunately often forgotten is the alignment of objectives. If two objectives are incompatible (such as more work for the family and at the same time working more without giving up any time anywhere), it is by definition impossible to successfully fulfil all of them in the coming year. Therefore, first list your professional goals and private goals and see if it is realistic. If it is not, adjust your goals accordingly. Nothing is more demotivating than having to cross goals off the list after only two weeks.

Where do you want to be in a year's time?

Loose goals are a particularly strong start when you plan to really work at it. However, it becomes even easier when you attach an overall vision to them. An example to make it concrete: Your goal is: combine a higher salary with the same number of hours and holidays in order to have more time with the family. Your vision a year from now could then be, for example: own a second home in Sweden where you go on holiday with the family for 10 days twice a year. This way, it becomes easier to stick to your goals. After all, you not only know what you want to do, but also why and what the ultimate result will be.

How do you make sure you actually achieve your goals?

By setting concrete, achievable goals, it is easier to stick to the path you have mapped out for yourself. It becomes even easier when you set intermediate goals (smaller targets), so you can have a little celebration each time. Professional guidance and coaching also help in setting good goals, plus achieving them, of course.


Want more help setting up your goals for the new year or looking for a coach in Vilvoorde to make reaching your goals easier? Then contact us today.