It’s the end of April, but it’s not too late to create some goals for yourself. Goals set expectations, push you to work harder and keep you accountable. I love being challenged and overcoming obstacles, setting goals help me do that. Below is a peek into some of the broader professional goals I made for myself this year.
Lead: Being a young manager, it’s very important to me to continue to grow and develop this delicate responsibility. I’m very fortunate to have leaders around me who encourage me and provide numerous opportunities to help me grow as a professional. My goal this year is to value the growth path of those that I manage as much as my own. This includes learning the tricky process of gracefully passing down responsibilities and taking some from those above me.
Be an Encourager: Let’s face it, in the work place, we’re heads-down trying to meet deadlines, brainstorming new ideas and communicating with clients and coworkers. The last thing we’re consciously thinking about is being positive and encouraging, but it probably should be top 3 on our daily to-do list. A positive work environment fosters creativity, good communication and motivation. I hope my coworkers see me as someone who praises their successes and encourages them when they’re in a slump.
Be Consistent: A character trait that I really admire from those I look up to is consistency. As small as it seems, consistency can do big things. Being consistent with people shows them they are important to you (If you make plans to chat with a coworker weekly, keep that meeting.) Being a consistent leader helps those that you’re managing provide excellent work, if they always know what’s expected of them, there is much less room for balls to be dropped. Being consistent with your attitude helps people trust you, it’s much easier to work with someone who is consistently positive, cheerful or even quiet. As long as your coworkers know what they can expect from you, it helps them trust that you won’t have a meltdown in the middle of a big meeting or project. I hope those around me see me as someone they can count on to be consistent, in my attitude, management style and work-life balance.
Get Uncomfortable: Sometimes we get so into our routines that we forget amazing things come outside of comfort zones. Great ideas happen when we are thinking beyond our daily tasks and daring to go above and beyond what is expected. This year I want to make sure I’m remembering this on a daily basis and keeping in mind that at any moment new opportunities can arise so we need to be ready!
I hope to never forget that success doesn’t happen in a day and goals aren’t achieved in a day either, persistence and perseverance always win the race. I’ll leave you all with one of my favorite quotes, from an article by Jeff Harden.
“Success is often the result of perseverance. Other people may be smarter, better connected, more talented, or better funded. But they can’t win if they aren’t around at the end.”