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"If you don’t know where you’re going, you won’t know when you get there."
– Yogi Berra
In education, in work, and in life, goals are at the heart of success, and this time of year, as we prepare for the coming new year, goals are often at the top of our minds. But the sad fact is that 75-78% of new year’s resolutions fail. The majority of those failures come by Jan. 20.
The biggest barrier to setting and achieving goals is the limitations set by your own thinking. So the first step is overcoming the beliefs that limit your sense of your ability to reach your goals. Day in and day out, your constant focus should be on your goals so you can get past the clutter and the distractions.
A shift in thinking is required. Stop thinking of your goals in terms of what problems you will face, whose fault they are, and how frustrated they make you. Instead, think in empowering terms: Why do you want to achieve this goal, and what positive impacts will it have on your life? What resources do you have to help you get there?
At the start of 2011, the WGU Alumni & Career Services Career Café webinar series tackled goal-setting, and as the year comes to an end, it’s a great chance to revisit your 2011 goals, evaluate your success, and lay down your plan for your 2012 goals.
For 2012, WGU’s Alumni & Career Services is offering more goal-setting advice in a new Career Café webinar. The free webinar will air live on Jan. 11, 2012, and you can RSVP to attend now. You can also view the free archived 2011 "Goal Setting" webinar. Full archives of previous Career Café webinars are always available for free viewing.
And sometimes, one of the best ways to be sure you achieve your goals is to share them with others. Once you’ve told people what you intend to achieve, you’re opening yourself up to their words of advice, their encouragement, and that extra motivation to stick with it.
So let us know – what are your 2012 resolutions? Leave a comment via Facebook connect below and you’ll also be sharing your goals with your Facebook friends, who can become your support network and your cheering section as you make 2012 your most successful year yet.
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