By Jim Lombardo, CPCU, AAI, AIM, MBA, AVP of Learning & Development
Happy New Year!! I hope you all have recovered from the holidays and are raring to go in 2020!!
I had a very interesting conversation with someone the other day when I was asked if I had any New Year's resolutions. She was surprised when I said I didn't...BUT I did tell her the following:
I am a firm believer in setting goals and working toward them. I have had a lot of success over my career when I had very clear goals and worked, bits at a time, to hit them. Here is the wisdom that a mentor shared with me many years ago when setting goals- they have served me well.
1. Be Realistic- don't make goals that are truly unattainable- it is ok to stretch yourself but don't get crazy!
2. Plan ahead- make your goals something that you can plainly see coming to fruition but need some planning and a little effort- don't make goals at the last minute or out of emotion.
3. Talk about it- there is a lot to be gained from sharing your goals with some key contacts- friends, family, co-workers- depending on your relationship with them, they can serve as a coach, mentor, support or just act as a reminder to keep you focused on your goals
4. Reward yourself- this is why I like smaller sub goals within your main goals- they are good for tracking, rewarding and helping you stay on track in a positive manner
5. Don't beat yourself up- Let's face it – sometimes “life gets in the way"—and you might miss a sub goal, veer off course or fail to put in the work... don't quit- just keep moving!
If getting your CE credits taken care of earlier rather than later is one of your goals, take a look at our upcoming webinars. These are not only timely, but can be helpful in your professional and personal life to help you attain one or more of your 2020 goals.
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