New Year Resolutions are common and I never understood waiting until the end of the year to revisit your goals.  I revisit goals for personal and professional growth regularly.  Luckily we have Labor Day to make us New Yorkers feel like we are all going back to school and we can revisit what we want to accomplish between now and the holiday rush.  

 
My closer friends know that I firmly believe that focusing on what you want from life and enjoying the life you have is incredibly important.  I believe the world should live better and that it begins with the individual defining their happiness.  

 
Therefore, what do you want from life?  What do you want to accomplish?  As a colleague told me
  • Start with a canvas – a blank page
  • Define what you want   
  • Share with your brain trust 
  • Define and commit to how you want to accomplish these goals
  • Apply deadlines! 
Professional goals
To begin, you can start with the Sheryl Sandberg Lean In advice.  
  • What do you want to achieve in 18 months?  
  • What is the long-term dream goal? 

Work on answering these questions with what you know today and you can continuously define what it is you are working towards.  I know I have done so on my journey thus far and learning is certainly part of it.  

 
Begin by looking at your current employment and ask: 
  • Do you like your role today?  Is it challenging?  Are you learning? 
  • How could it be better?  What do you control to improve your current situation?  What do you have to change to improve your overall position that is out of your immediate control?  
  • Do you want to continue in your current role?  Do you want to change careers?
  • What skills do you want to acquire? What skills do you want to strengthen?  
These questions will help jump start the process to help construct what you want to achieve.  Then, as mentioned, set achievable deadlines and get it done.  
Look at Diana Nyad achieving her lifelong goal, “I have three messages: one is we should never ever give up; two is you are never too old to chase your dreams; and three is it looks like a solitary sport but it is a team.”  Yesterday, on September 2nd, Diana Nyad, 64, became the first person to swim from Cuba to the US without a shark cage.
Personal Goals will be discussed another day.  Image sources: http://www.austincc.edu/; http://leanin.org/
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