Since the New Year is all about resolution, reflection, new beginnings, big ideas, a fresh start, clean slate, (not to mention good will to all and that sort of thing!), I want to send you into 2016 knowing that I'm thinking about you and your goals.
Here are some "musts" you might consider when setting your goals - whether personal or professional (or networking) goals.
You MUST be passionate about your goal.
If there is little to no passion behind your goal, it will become just another broken promise. Being passionate about your goal means you're willing to invest the time, energy, and money to achieve it. Passion also means getting excited when simply talking about your goal. (Ever notice that?)
Your goal MUST be precise.
There must be a definitive start and end point to your goal. When will you get started? Is there a clear finish line? How do you know you're on the right track? How will you measure your progress? When will you know you've achieved your desired outcome?
Your goal MUST be aligned with your self-image.
If you can't imagine yourself doing what it takes to achieve your goal, you'll probably never achieve it. For example, if cold calling factors into your desired goal and you feel embarrassed doing it, you may want to find a new goal or at least a different way to get there. Self-image and the way you see yourself is powerful!
Your routine behaviors MUST be aligned with your goal.
If there is no time scheduled on the calendar or somebody isn't holding you true to your word, it will be difficult to get into a routine. Like writing a book -- you're more likely to complete the book if you write every day for an hour (9:00-10:00 a.m. in your calendar!) than if you write when you get a chance or the spirit moves you.
Lead with your power punch and have a Knock Out New Year!