With the end of 2022 fast approaching, November and December are a perfect time to reflect on your year, your performance, and to start planning for the New Year whether you are thinking about building your legal practice, considering ways to advance your career, or perhaps making a career transition.
According to Forbes Magazine, research has shown that 80% of New Year’s resolutions fail by early February! Why do New Year’s resolutions so often fail? They usually have no actionable steps and are perhaps a general vision such as “I want to get fit”. It is therefore important from a career perspective to establish clear and specific goals in order to stay on track and to be able to monitor your progress over the course of the new year.
Career goals are very personal and require individual reflection and must be meaningful to you. Writing your goals down and breaking them into smaller actionable steps will increase the likelihood of achieving the goals you desire. In addition, sharing these goals with your supervisor, mentor, or career coach will result in you being more accountable and therefore increase your likelihood of success. Studies have shown that the success rate for achieving your goals dramatically increases when they are written down, a plan developed, and goals shared. Also, making goals achievable ensures that they are realistic and something that can be reasonably accomplished in a defined time frame. Goals need to be relevant and you should ask yourself why have you set each particular goal and how it fits in to your business plan for the new year. Spending the time to think about your goals for 2023, drafting a business plan and sharing the plan with another is a great exercise as 2022 comes to an end.
If you would like to discuss your goals for 2023, please don’t hesitate to reach out as I am always happy to help!