Women leaders and managers are no strangers to goal setting. They’re experts when it comes to setting goals for their organizations, breaking those goals down into steps, delegating it to their team and staying on top of everyone to make sure they’re motivated and on track.
But sometimes there’s a disconnect between how women achieve goals for their organization and how they do it for goals they set for themselves, whether it’s personal or professional, like climbing the leadership ladder. There is nothing wrong with being dedicated to your organization, but you must never forget your personal growth. This is especially true for women, many of whom often put themselves second. Remember, your growth and goals are just as important as the goals of your peers, and organization.
“One of the lessons that I grew up with was to always stay true to yourself and never let what somebody else says distract you from your goals.” – Michelle Obama
So how can you stay committed to your personal and professional goals in 2019? Here are a few tips.
1. Discover What Drives You.
It’s hard to stay committed to a goal if we don’t understand why we want to achieve that goal. Internalize and ask yourself what makes you passionate about this goal, what makes you want to work for it. And if it turns out it’s not your passion? There is no shame in abandoning that goal and searching for one that truly connects with you and allows you to lie your purpose.
2. Make Achieving Your Goal a Habit.
Women leaders often have a lot of responsibility in the workplace, and by the time they clock out, they feel they don’t have the time to do anything else for themselves. But the thing about habits is sometimes we’re not even aware of them. Perhaps you’re sitting at home and you’re supposed to be resting, but instead, you’re just mindlessly browsing social media. Rest is important, but even dedicating an hour or half an hour a day (or a couple of hours on the weekend) to work on your goals gets you closer towards achieving them. Set aside the time, and make your goals part of your habit.
3. Treat Your Personal Goals Like a Professional.
Women leaders have all the tools and knowledge they need, they know how to set goals and what to do to achieve them. Approach the goals you’ve set yourself the same way you would approach a project for your organization because they are just as important. Create detailed action plans and timetables that are realistic and achievable for you.
4. Find an Accountability Partner or Group.
Declaring your goals to someone else can give you an extra drive. Your goals are no longer just notes in your planner or an idea in your head, it’s a living element that someone expects you to achieve. And accountability partners don’t just make you accountable to someone, they can also lend you support and even ideas and guidance. They can give you insights on your action steps or even help you improve your plan. And always remember to do the same for your accountability partner.
5. Recognize Your Wins, Big or Small.
Always remember that bigger goals are made up of smaller, seemingly insignificant tasks. But nothing about your action steps are insignificant, no matter how small you think they are. In Joyce Meyer’s words, “Getting organized in the normal routines of life and finishing little projects you’ve started is an important first step toward realizing larger goals. If you can’t get a handle on the small things, how will you ever get it together to focus on the big things?”
Every single thing you achieve takes you one step closer to your goal so you have to recognize it and celebrate it. This will keep you motivated and help you in staying committed to your goals.
Are you ready to conquer 2019 and start working on your personal goals?
Ebere Akadiri is A Nigerian Food Entrepreneur who lives in The Hague. Her passion to inspire others to achieve their goals drove her to found Rise and Lead Women along with her co-founder, Poonam Barua. Their mission is to inspire women to take the lead in closing the gender gap in workplaces and in business.