Skill Level Intermediate
- So you've thought about your goals, and you have a pretty good sense of where you want to be in a year, or even five or 10 years from now. That's great, and that clarity allows you to move forward and take the right steps toward your goal. But you can't just set it and forget it. I'm Dorie Clark. I teach for Duke University's Fuqua School of Business, and I'm the author of Reinventing You. I want to encourage you to make a habit of checking back in on your goals every three to six months. Because circumstances might change in the interim, and you don't want to find that you've attached yourself to a flawed plan of action.
Here are a few things to consider. First, review the goals you've set and think deeply about whether you still want them. Do they still feel exciting to you? If you could snap your fingers and accomplish them immediately, how would you feel? Next, take a look at your tactics. The big picture, your goals, might be the same, but you might need to adjust the way you go about pursuing them. For instance, you might've decided a while back that the best way to promote your business or yourself online was with blogging. But if you tried it out for a few months and decided you hate writing, it's okay.
You probably still need to promote yourself somehow, but you can think of other ways to do it. When you look at things with a clean slate, even if only imaginary, it can help you make better decisions about how to allocate your time and energy. Don't put your goals on autopilot. They are too important. Instead, make it a habit to review them, as well as your implementation strategy every three to six months to see if it still reflects what you want to be doing. Making it a practice to review your goals regularly can help ensure you're pursuing the right ones.