It’s that time of year again! The festivities are beginning and as New Year’s Eve approaches your mind shifts to changes you want to make in your personal and professional lives in 2018. You may be deciding your New Year’s resolutions and reflecting on what you want to stop doing – eating too much chocolate or start doing – going to the gym. It’s no surprise that fitness clubs’ revenues spike in January when people sign up after making a New Year’s resolution to get fitter. This initial surge of enthusiasm and energy often dwindles and visits to the gym fizzle out leading to disappointment. You may tell yourself each year “I don’t know why I bother making New Year’s resolutions as I always break them!” Perhaps this is because your heart isn’t in the commitment you have made to yourself. New Year’s resolutions often focus on what we think we “ought to do” rather than changes that will make a real positive difference to our lives. No wonder the ‘ought to’ choices fail!
The same is true for goals you want to achieve in your professional life. You may get a sinking feeling when thinking about the conversation you are going to have with your manager about your 2018 objectives. You may be worried about how on earth you are going to reach yet another ‘stretch’ target and whether or not you will be given the support you need to succeed. Does that sound familiar?
When clients share their experiences of goal setting I often see the energy drain out of their faces as the conversations with their manager tends to focus on what didn’t work well last year and the weaknesses they need to “fix”. The thought of having to take time out of an already busy day to discuss business targets, personal goals and development plans can be daunting. Clients often end the conversation with a deep sigh: “I suppose I will just have to get on with it!”
Have you considered a strengths-based approach to setting your goals?
What a contrast when discussing a strengths-based approach to goal setting with a client recently and how she could use the ‘Significant 7’ strengths identified in her Strengthscope360 Report – Strengthscope™.
I explained that ‘strengths’ means those underlying qualities that energise you, contribute to your personal growth and lead to peak performance. You know when you are using your strengths at work when you feel a sense of ‘flow’ and are totally immersed in the task. You feel energised and time seems to fly by.
How can you use your strengths to set your for 2018?
When deciding your goals for 2018 firstly ask your manager, colleagues, friends and family for feedback on what you do really well and the strengths they value most. Then ask yourself the following questions:
- What value would each goal contribute to my professional development and to the objectives of my team and the organisation?
- What strengths will I use to help me to achieve my goals?
- Which colleagues or friends can I call on to help me to maintain my commitment and energy levels?
Wishing you success in achieving the positive changes you want to make to energise your personal and professional lives in the New Year!
If you would like to discover your distinctive strengths to help you to set energising goals for 2018 please get in touch to find out how I can help you. Christine Griffin, Executive Coach – firstname.lastname@example.org – +44 (0)7796 147127 – www.griffinity.co.uk.