4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs

Nevermind the Resolutions — Set Goals and Deadlines

This is the time of the year we like to make New Year’s resolutions.

It doesn’t matter that studies report that 88 percent of these resolutions will never be achieved. Most of us seem optimistically bullish that we can resolve to improve our conditions in life.

Many of these resolutions involve our jobs or work lives, because those things are so important to the quality of life we want. Yet, the trouble with resolutions is that they disappear as easily as they are envisioned.

So maybe it’s time this year to replace “resolutions” with “goals.”

The difference is that goals have tangible measurements. You can look back at the end of the year and see whether you successfully achieved your goal or not. There is no gray area.

A typical work goal might be to find a new job.

In order to do that, you are going to need a plan. You first have to figure out the specific job you want, and then determine what skills are necessary to land that job. If you don’t have the skills required, you’ll have to come up with a development plan that enables you to learn the skills you need.

Then you’ll need to identify possible employers who have available jobs that match your desires. There likely will be several on your list, but to find them you’ll probably have to do considerable research. As part of this process, you’ll have to develop a sales pitch that will win you the job you want.

Last, you’ll need to commit to a deadline. This is going to be the true measure of your goal. If you don’t meet your deadline for achieving it, there is no way you can claim success. This is a defined finish line.

Maybe you don’t want to seek a job at another company, but find a better job in the company where you are now employed. The process could be a bit different, but it will encompass many of the same action items involved in looking for a new employer. Once again, you’ll establish a deadline, and that will be your definition of success.

The resolutions we make often lack specifics and rarely are attached to some sort of measurable end point. Goals don’t offer you wiggle room. Either you achieve them or you don’t.

If you don’t, you haven’t lost anything. You can take solace in the fact that you set a goal, developed a plan toward achieving it, and then tried to do that. Besides, having tried means you’re probably stronger and better-equipped to achieve your goal the next time.

You’re still ahead of the game, whether you’ve learned new skills or just refined the type of job you want.

There is no disgrace in setting a goal, trying to achieve it, and coming up a little short. Just because you didn’t achieve it in the time frame you established doesn’t mean you won’t be able to reach it.

Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all

Previous article

Back of KPBS line – A Way With Words, Fresh Air, Lawrence Welk

Pushed to front – Latino USA, Our Body Politic

This is the time of the year we like to make New Year’s resolutions.

It doesn’t matter that studies report that 88 percent of these resolutions will never be achieved. Most of us seem optimistically bullish that we can resolve to improve our conditions in life.

Many of these resolutions involve our jobs or work lives, because those things are so important to the quality of life we want. Yet, the trouble with resolutions is that they disappear as easily as they are envisioned.

So maybe it’s time this year to replace “resolutions” with “goals.”

The difference is that goals have tangible measurements. You can look back at the end of the year and see whether you successfully achieved your goal or not. There is no gray area.

A typical work goal might be to find a new job.

In order to do that, you are going to need a plan. You first have to figure out the specific job you want, and then determine what skills are necessary to land that job. If you don’t have the skills required, you’ll have to come up with a development plan that enables you to learn the skills you need.

Then you’ll need to identify possible employers who have available jobs that match your desires. There likely will be several on your list, but to find them you’ll probably have to do considerable research. As part of this process, you’ll have to develop a sales pitch that will win you the job you want.

Last, you’ll need to commit to a deadline. This is going to be the true measure of your goal. If you don’t meet your deadline for achieving it, there is no way you can claim success. This is a defined finish line.

Maybe you don’t want to seek a job at another company, but find a better job in the company where you are now employed. The process could be a bit different, but it will encompass many of the same action items involved in looking for a new employer. Once again, you’ll establish a deadline, and that will be your definition of success.

The resolutions we make often lack specifics and rarely are attached to some sort of measurable end point. Goals don’t offer you wiggle room. Either you achieve them or you don’t.

If you don’t, you haven’t lost anything. You can take solace in the fact that you set a goal, developed a plan toward achieving it, and then tried to do that. Besides, having tried means you’re probably stronger and better-equipped to achieve your goal the next time.

You’re still ahead of the game, whether you’ve learned new skills or just refined the type of job you want.

There is no disgrace in setting a goal, trying to achieve it, and coming up a little short. Just because you didn’t achieve it in the time frame you established doesn’t mean you won’t be able to reach it.

Sponsored
Here's something you might be interested in.
Submit a free classified
or view all
Previous article

Fret not, San Diego birdwatchers

Extreme low tides for morning people only
Next Article

So many grey whales killed off Point Loma

Camps at Ballast Point and La Playa extracted the oil
Comments
0

Be the first to leave a comment.

Sign in to comment

Sign in

Art Reviews — W.S. Di Piero's eye on exhibits Ask a Hipster — Advice you didn't know you needed Best Buys — San Diego shopping Big Screen — Movie commentary Blurt — Music's inside track Booze News — San Diego spirits City Lights — News and politics Classical Music — Immortal beauty Classifieds — Free and easy Cover Stories — Front-page features Excerpts — Literary and spiritual excerpts Famous Former Neighbors — Next-door celebs Feast! — Food & drink reviews Feature Stories — Local news & stories From the Archives — Spotlight on the past Golden Dreams — Talk of the town Here's the Deal — Chad Deal's watering holes Just Announced — The scoop on shows Letters — Our inbox [email protected] — Local movie buffs share favorites Movie Reviews — Our critics' picks and pans Musician Interviews — Up close with local artists Neighborhood News from Stringers — Hyperlocal news News Ticker — News & politics Obermeyer — San Diego politics illustrated Of Note — Concert picks Out & About — What's Happening Overheard in San Diego — Eavesdropping illustrated Poetry — The old and the new Pour Over — Grab a cup Reader Travel — Travel section built by travelers Reading — The hunt for intellectuals Roam-O-Rama — SoCal's best hiking/biking trails San Diego Beer — Inside San Diego suds SD on the QT — Almost factual news Drinks All Around — Bartenders' drink recipes Sheep and Goats — Places of worship Special Issues — The best of Sports — Athletics without gush Street Style — San Diego streets have style Suit Up — Fashion tips for dudes Theater Reviews — Local productions Theater antireviews — Narrow your search Tin Fork — Silver spoon alternative Under the Radar — Matt Potter's undercover work Unforgettable — Long-ago San Diego Unreal Estate — San Diego's priciest pads Waterfront — All things ocean Your Week — Daily event picks
4S Ranch Allied Gardens Alpine Baja Balboa Park Bankers Hill Barrio Logan Bay Ho Bay Park Black Mountain Ranch Blossom Valley Bonita Bonsall Borrego Springs Boulevard Campo Cardiff-by-the-Sea Carlsbad Carmel Mountain Carmel Valley Chollas View Chula Vista City College City Heights Clairemont College Area Coronado CSU San Marcos Cuyamaca College Del Cerro Del Mar Descanso Downtown San Diego Eastlake East Village El Cajon Emerald Hills Encanto Encinitas Escondido Fallbrook Fletcher Hills Golden Hill Grant Hill Grantville Grossmont College Guatay Harbor Island Hillcrest Imperial Beach Imperial Valley Jacumba Jamacha-Lomita Jamul Julian Kearny Mesa Kensington La Jolla Lakeside La Mesa Lemon Grove Leucadia Liberty Station Lincoln Acres Lincoln Park Linda Vista Little Italy Logan Heights Mesa College Midway District MiraCosta College Miramar Miramar College Mira Mesa Mission Beach Mission Hills Mission Valley Mountain View Mount Hope Mount Laguna National City Nestor Normal Heights North Park Oak Park Ocean Beach Oceanside Old Town Otay Mesa Pacific Beach Pala Palomar College Palomar Mountain Paradise Hills Pauma Valley Pine Valley Point Loma Point Loma Nazarene Potrero Poway Rainbow Ramona Rancho Bernardo Rancho Penasquitos Rancho San Diego Rancho Santa Fe Rolando San Carlos San Marcos San Onofre Santa Ysabel Santee San Ysidro Scripps Ranch SDSU Serra Mesa Shelltown Shelter Island Sherman Heights Skyline Solana Beach Sorrento Valley Southcrest South Park Southwestern College Spring Valley Stockton Talmadge Temecula Tierrasanta Tijuana UCSD University City University Heights USD Valencia Park Valley Center Vista Warner Springs
Close