Spouse Series: New Year…New Goals
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The stockings are no longer hung by the chimney with care and the tree no longer stands center stage in the house. Welcome to the New Year. What better time to think about and realize those New Year’s resolutions than right now?
What about your New Year’s resolutions?
Whether you embrace them or hate them, annual goals are a good way to establish direction.
Specific goals always stand a better chance of being met than vague ones. A specific goal answers the questions of who, what, when and where.
It’s important to set goals that can be measured. Updating your resume and targeting three new employers in your career field weekly is measurable. At the end of the week, you have either done it or you haven’t.
Your New Year’s resolutions must also be attainable. Otherwise, what’s the point in making them? I don’t mean to knock the concept of reaching for the moon and catching the stars, but if you truly want to accomplish something, it will be helpful if you can actually do it in the firstplace given your current or potential situation.
As you set your goals, ask yourself if you are being realistic about them. Yes, they may be specific, measurable and even attainable, but are they also realistic? Do you have the necessary resources and knowledge base available to you to achieve real results?
Finally, resolutions are more likely to be realized if you’ve established a time frame for completion.
Janet Farley is a job search and workplace issues expert and the author of “The Military Spouse’s Guide to Employment: Smart Job Choices for Mobile Lifestyles,” (Impact Pubs, 2013) and “Quick Military Transition Guide: Seven Steps to Landing a Civilian Job,” (Jist, Inc. 2013).
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