Set personal goals not just new year’s resolutions

At the start of every year we all think about setting resolutions we’re sure we’ll achieve – what can we change? How we can improve our lives? What do we need to do better? Now that January draws to a close, how many of you have actually stuck to the plans that you made?

I know, from personal experience, the likelihood is the majority will be waning, or will have given up completely.  This got me thinking that instead of setting ourselves challenges on the first day of the year, we should be setting goals the whole year round when we don’t have the ‘new year, new you’ pressure to contend with!

Ask yourself, if you could change one thing about your life what would it be? Make your aim to change that thing and once you have move on to the next challenge. If you don’t save up all the challenges for one of the longest and most depressing months of the year, you will have much more chance of achieving them.

Your challenge could be as simple as thinking you’d like to get up more and interact with people around the building rather than being based on the reception desk all day. If it is, just ask your manager if it’s possible. Once you’re away from the desk, think of new ideas to improve the services within the building – after all you know it better than anyone – and this could lead to changing a process or set-up you thought was set in stone. My mantra has always been – if you don’t like something, change it – you never know where it might lead.

Try setting goals using a vision board – fill the board with everything you would like to achieve this year. Hang the board somewhere you will see it every day to remind you of your goals. Try to focus on one goal at a time, don’t put pressure on yourself and enjoy the challenge.

Use the tools already in place – if you want to focus on work, use your appraisal to set your goals with your supervisor or manager. Prepare as much as you can for these meetings and be prepared to share your goals. This is your life, don’t be afraid to tell people what you want to achieve from it.

We can all help each other – share your goals with your team members or you could even set them together. Everything seems that little bit easier when you’re not alone in it and you’ll probably find out more about the person you work with every day as part of the process.

Your goal could be anything from saving for the deposit for a new home, getting a promotion, improving your health, fitness and mind, spending more time with your family or to just be happy.  No matter what the goal is just know you can do it and we can all support each other.

Remember to always be thankful for what you have while working for what you want. This is often when we realise how lucky we truly are and how we sometimes take for granted the moments and the people around us.

Take the time out to say thank you to whoever you are grateful for and remember that to someone you are everything. This year let’s change together, let’s work towards our goals while saying thank you for everything we already have. “Don’t stop until you’re proud”

Stacy Collins is a front of house manager for Mitie Client Services

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