It always seems impossible, until it is done ~ Nelson Mandela

I have learned to love setting goals, especially in January when the year stretches ahead of me like a blank canvas and it feels like anything is possible.

What will you create this year?

If you have trouble pinning down clear, practical goals and following through I think you will like this a lot.

In the past I’ve created big goals, writing out reams of ‘be, do, have’ lists but with no discernable pathway to making them happen. I ended up with a ‘nice to have’ list rather than goals I had any hope of achieving.

These 3 questions have helped me the most when I want to get clear on my goals for the year ahead:

1. What do I want more of in my career this year?
2. What do I need to let go of in order to allow space for this to happen?
3. What will make my desired goal inevitable?

In my experience posing the question ‘what will make it inevitable’ moves you past the fears and objections that pop into your head the minute you start thinking about what you really want.

It forces you to get real with yourself and quit making excuses.

What you need to do may scare you a little, push you out of your comfort zone to a degree, but there’s no room for doubt about what’s required.

When you have your goals, get a yearly planner and start marking dates for achieving your goals.

If your goal is to find a more senior role, mark the date on there that you want to start your new job.

If you want to change careers, create deadlines for finishing your research, finding volunteer work or updating your skills.

When you write down your goal and the date you want it to happen, the universe will conspire to make it a reality.

That’s the magic of commitment.

What are you going to make happen this year? Share in the comments below!

PS: If one of your goals is to find a job you love, I created the 10 Step Career Discovery System especially for you. It’s designed to help you get clear on your ideal career with 10 simple exercises to enhance your understanding around your goals, strengths and personality. Download it here.