By Samantha Calonita
Certified Life & Career Coach
Back by popular demand! Samantha Calonita spoke as part of the Women in BCM track at DRI2020. Her session was such a big hit, that the WBCM Committee asked her to provide even more valuable advice. Read on!
I don’t know about you, but I love the fresh start energy that a New Year brings. And 2021 is still new! So, even if you didn’t have all of your goals set by January 1st, it’s not too late. What is important is to carve out some time in the next week or two to set powerful goals that will challenge you to become the next-level version of yourself.
Here are five steps to help you be unstoppable in 2021!
Step 1: Get “Complete” with the Previous Year
The first step in setting really great goals is to “get complete” with the previous year. “Getting complete” means taking the time to pause and really absorb all of the lessons that 2020 tried to teach you.
Flip through your planner and make a list of the top ten most important events, decisions, and experiences from 2020. For each event ask yourself, “What did I learn from this? What were my biggest takeaways from that experience?”
Use this information to compile a list of your top lessons from 2020.
Step 2: Begin with the End in Mind. Get Clear on Your Big Vision
In step two, we zoom out and take a macro-level view of your life. It’s time to get dreamy, creative and even idealistic about the results that you want to create in your life.
Why do we zoom out and focus on the big vision first? We want to begin with the end in mind. This will give direction and focus to your goal-setting later on.
In his book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey writes:
“To begin with the end in mind means to start with a clear understanding of your destination. It means to know where you are going…so that the steps you take are always in the right direction.”
Grab a journal and write out what your ideal, 10 out of 10 vision is for each of these core areas of your life:
(1) Career, (2) Family, (3) Health & Body, (4) Finances, (5) Fun & Hobbies, (6) Relationships, (7) Home & Environment, and (8) Service & Giving Back.
Now, that you’re clear on your big vision, it’s time to set specific goals that will bring your vision to life!
Step 3: Focus & Pare it Down
Your focused attention is your super power! Don’t spread yourself thin by setting ten different goals across ten different areas of your life. This will diffuse your attention and dilute your results.
Choose just one, two or three core areas of your life to focus on. I suggest selecting the areas that give you the biggest emotional charge. Select the areas that will make the biggest impact on your success, happiness and fulfillment.
Step 4: Get SMART About it
SMART is a commonly used acronym for goal-setting. As you create your goals, ask yourself, are they:
S – Specific
M – Measurable
A – Achievable or attainable
R – Realistic or responsible
T – Time bound
In my opinion, the most important element to focus on here is measurable.
When setting a measurable goal ask yourself, “How will I know when this goal is achieved?” “What metrics can I collect?” “How can I stay on track towards this goal?”
Step 5: Build in Accountability Measures
You know what’s even better than setting great goals? Actually, achieving them!
I want you to set yourself up for success here. The best way to do that, is to build accountability measures right into your daily routine.
Here are some simple yet powerful ways to build in accountability:
- Take the time now to set reminders in your phone
- Post your goals up on your fridge so that you see them every day. (My goals are posted right above my coffee machine)
- Design a vision board
- Link up with an accountability partner
- Hire a coach to help you stay on track
Now, the only thing left is to take action! Get out there and set goals that will challenge you and stretch you into the next-level version of yourself!
Samantha Calonita is a Certified Life & Career Coach based out of Savannah, Georgia. She specializes in working with busy professionals to help them find purpose in their work, heal from burnout and reignite their passion for their careers.
Prior to starting her own coaching practice, Samantha lived and worked in New York City where she managed a nationwide non-profit organization that helped post-9/11 veterans transition from the military into meaningful civilian careers. It was there, that she discovered her passion for mentoring and career coaching.
Samantha received her B.A in Sociology from The George Washington University and pursued a Master’s in Sociology and Education at Columbia University. In addition to her traditional education, she studied alternative healing modalities such as Reiki and Kafuta and is a Certified Meditation Teacher.