Let’s talk about goal-setting. Everything starts with self-reflection and deep self-awareness: understanding your current state, where you want to go and what stands in between. Only when it is clear, you can proceed with setting goals and planning small actionable steps to achieve them. Planning is nothing without implementation: track your progress and establish motivation systems to simplify the process and eventually automate it by transforming it into a habit.
Take time to reflect on the big picture. What wakes you up and gives you energy in the morning? Have you found your Ikigai yet? Ikigai (pronounced “eye-ka-guy”) is, above all else, a lifestyle that strives to balance the spiritual with the practical. This balance is found at the intersection where your passions and talents converge with the things that the world needs and is willing to pay for.
The idea of your personal performance review should be to understand not only in which areas you perform well and in which – not, but WHY this is happening and WHAT are the ways to solve it. Try to take a broader look at the process itself also considering the goals you set, actions to be taken and metrics you track.
Gratitude is one of the strongest predictors of how happy people are, how easily they make friends and how good they are at dealing with hardship. Before starting with the goals assessments and goal setting, make sure to reflect a bit about gratitude: define top 5 or more people to whom you are thankful this year and let them know about it. Make this your regular ritual – it will give you energy and mental resilience.
According to Charles Duhigg – an author of a best–selling book called The Power of Habit, there is a simple 3–step pattern that every habit follows known as “3R’s of Habit Change”. 1) Reminder – an external cue that causes an overall spike in your brain activity (alarm ringing); 2) Routine – a certain activity you are performing when faced a particular cue (brushing your teeth); 3) Reward – a benefit that you receive after completing the routine (fresh teeth). Each element is equally important and should be addressed while forming a new habit
Habit Trackers are not new. However, the importance of keeping records of your goal and tracking the progress along is as high as ever. It keeps you accountable and makes your resolution fresh in your mind. The more often you do it – the better. Therefore, I would suggest daily or at least weekly goal tracking. Habit trackers, different apps or programs, notebook or excel file – it does not matter how you do it unless you get back to your resolutions on a constant basis and monitor where you perform well and where – not