Career Plan: Evaluating 1st quarter goals...

Now that the 1st quarter is done let’s look at some tips on how to determine what didn’t work and what can be changed.  So if you’re not happy with the 1st quarter results we have the 2nd quarter to get back on track. 

Let’s start off by looking at what worked and take a moment to celebrate those wins.  The key to having goals is to realize it’s a process and if anything could be completed overnight believe me everyone would have done it.  The society we live is all about instant gratification, so be careful not to get caught up into that as you work towards your goals.  The quickest way to get disappointed about your journey to accomplishing your own goals is to look at someone else and begin to compare.  Remember everyone’s journey is different and you don’t know their story or the sacrifices they had to make to be at that place. 

Now let’s have an honest conversation about what didn’t work and why it didn’t work.  With reviewing this part of your 1st quarter goals, my recommendation is to review with you accountability partner or mentor.  Your accountability partner or mentor will be able to help you brainstorm what things you can do differently with setting your 2nd quarter goals.  They will also be able to hold you accountable if there was something on your part on why a certain task wasn’t accomplished.

For setting 2nd quarter goals choose goals that will push you even more out of your comfort zone.  The key to 2nd quarter goals is to remember these are action items you should be taking that will help you with accomplishing your goal for the year. So if the goal doesn’t tie into accomplishing your goal for the year, then it’s not a goal you should have for this season.  I’ve made the mistake before of focusing on action items that had nothing to do with my current goals.  For example if there’s a certification that I know I need to complete before the 3rd quarter, maybe my only goal for the 2nd quarter will be completing that certification. I said all of that to say when setting goals it doesn’t have to be multiple goals as it may just be one goal for that quarter. 

I’m currently reading a book called “The One Thing” by Gary Keller and I’m learning the importance of focusing on the one thing and the importance of simplifying.  I’m the queen of multi-tasking and I’ve learned how to perfect the art of getting things done quickly. I’ve also learned that multi-tasking isn’t always good.  So as I share these tips, I am also working towards my 2nd quarter goals!

Let’s have a great 2nd quarter…

I’d love to hear how your 1st quarter goals went…