Hi there,

Compliments of the season. I trust you had a beautiful Christmas celebration and have been having a lot of rest ahead of the New Year when work resumes, or full-time work mode is activated again.

Since December started, we have been discussing “Makeover” and I want to believe we have been able to glean a thing or two and put them to practice in the previous editions of this subject. The Makeover step w are discussing today, is the goal setting step. There is a popular saying that I am sure we almost got drowned with hearing as kids; “if you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” As cliché as this may sound, it is true. Planning the course of action such as setting goals creates an atmosphere of order and direction, such that even when you encounter a snag, bouncing back or finding a new direction isn’t so much trouble because there is already a plan that was set.

Often times, when setting goals, we try to limit our goals to the ideas we can conceive and accept in our minds as achievable, As good as that it, it is limiting and doesn’t cause us to stretch, and growth only happens when we stretch. Below are things to note when setting to help with expanding your mind horizon;

  1. Winners are Made, Not Born: Thoughts of past failures may flood your mind when setting goals of things you intend to accomplish and achieve in the course of the year, but never let that rob you. Remember the times you had also won and let that encourage you and tell yourself, “no one is born a winner.” For every time you won and other people who have won, did that by putting maximum efforts. Winning is about the mind; something you decide to do and direct your efforts towards. You can do everything right and still fail if you have no personal decision to win. Efforts are not enough, your attitude, determination and desire must be consistent and match your efforts.
  2. Good People Outlast Bad Times: One of the special characteristics of winners is that they never think that they have not got a chance to win. Even in the toughest time, they just never see themselves loosing. Sometimes little things fail so you can achieve something great. Failures provide opportunities for leaning and growth.
  3. Don’t Make Emotional Decision About Your Career: A lot of us intend for a fresh start with a new job or new position in the oncoming year and that is included in our goals. One thing to note when penning down the goal for a new job or position in setting goals is never to make a decision about your career based on an unpleasant event or an exciting moment.
  4. Have The Courage to be Willing to at least Try: Don’t write ambiguous and unrealistic goals or be afraid to engage the goals you have written down. All glories come from daring to begin. The worst way to fail is by never getting started. A famous quote by Francis Assisi says, “start with what is necessary, then do what is possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible. Make up you mind to try even if thoughts of losing or falling flat on your face creep in, have the courage to be willing to dare.

After noting of these in your mind when writing your goals, as always, ensure your goals are S.M.A.R.T. that is Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic and Time bound. As employers, I know part of your goals will be recruiting new talents to fill vacant roles or newly developed roles. Let 21Search help you with the hassle of recruitment from advertisement to selection and onboarding as well as provide efficient and capacity building trainings for your existing employees. Have a beautiful End of Year.

Until I come your way again, stay safe, work smart and not just hard.



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