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New Year’s Goal Setting?


I have never been a big new year’s resolution person, but I do like to use the end of the year as an opportunity to reflect and do three things:

Be grateful for what I have.

  1. Be grateful for what I have.
  2. Recognize and feel good about my accomplishments, however small.
  3. Adjust my goals, which tend to be ongoing.

I’m not much of a planner. More reactor. I react to situations by setting goals. When I was unemployed, I set a goal to write a book and run an obstacle course race. Those are outcome goals. To be successful, set process goals that lead to outcomes. Here are some more tips for setting goals:

Be specific, not general. Apply the SMART acronym.

  • Be specific, not general. Apply the SMART acronym.
  • If you want to know what you are capable of, set impossible goals. Challenging goals are OK. Rethink anything easy.
  • Don’t go it alone. Find an accountability partner—someone who can provide feedback and support.

If you are a safety professional and struggling with a professional development goal, take my Safety Leadership Self-Assessment and develop a personal action plan. You can find the self-assessment here (under the Leadership Tools tab if you are on my website.)

2020 is over. No excuses. Now make 2021 a great year!

Happy New Year!

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