Setting Yourself Up for Success: End of Year Goal Setting

The end of the year is a great time for every career girl to reflect on what she has accomplished over the past twelve months, and also to set goals for the upcoming new year.

Goal setting is simple and doesn’t require much of your time, yet it keeps you on track by promoting self-awareness and helps to hold you accountable.

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December is a common month for many companies to do yearly reviews, and this may give you the opportunity to receive a raise or a bonus. It is smart to use this as a chance to reflect on your work over the past year, and to take an active role in identifying areas that you excelled in or could improve upon.

Aside from the possible financial benefits, the end of the year is a great time for you to do some reflection on how it all went, and where you would like to see yourself moving forward.

There are a few things you can do in order to set yourself up for success during 2015. A little planning can go a long way!

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Set Goals for the Upcoming Year

Come up with three things that you would like to accomplish within the next twelve months. Be sure that they are realistic and attainable. Next, write them down. I like to place my goals somewhere I will see them daily, like hanging on my bathroom mirror or as the background on my phone, so that I have a constant reminder of what I am working towards.


Celebrate Your Achievements

Take some time to reflect on what you have succeeded at this past year. What were some major goals that you set, and achieved? What were some unexpected accomplishments that you can pat yourself on the back for? It’s important to pause and to give yourself the credit you deserve, so that you can use that as motivation to keep moving forward.


Picture the Future

Take some time for a little creative daydreaming, and fantasize about your professional future. What’s your dream job? Your dream schedule? Are you a CEO? A business owner? A traveling event planner? Now, with the ultimate goal in mind, picture some steps you can take at this point in time to put yourself closer to realizing that dream. Starting small makes that which seems impossible at first, a very real possibility! If you can dream it, you can do it.

“Our goals can only be reached through a vehicle of a plan, in which we must fervently believe, and upon which we must vigorously act.” ~ Pablo Picasso

What kind of goals do you want to set? Tweet to me about them @sncueto or @mscareergirl!

Sarah Cueto

Sarah earned her B.S. in Neurobiology, Physiology, and Behavior from UC Davis. She is a resident of sunny San Diego, CA, and is currently working in a Sales & Marketing capacity within the biotech industry. She is focused on her blossoming career, developing her identity as a young professional, and is an avid blogger. Sarah writes regularly about her experiences as a twenty-something woman trying to figure it all out, and in the name of twenty-somethings everywhere, on her blog Twenty-Everything.