This new year is an opportunity to take a whole new perspective on who you want to be in 2021, on your career, and how you want to spend the next 12 months.
To develop your 2021 goals, it may be tempting to just grab your 2020 goals, and update them, maybe changing a date or a title here and there. But I urge you to try another way this time, especially after all the upheaval of 2020, because it gave each of us an opportunity – even forced us – to reexamine our goals, plans, careers, perspectives, relationships and priorities.
I suggest starting your 2021 goal-setting by first listing all your accomplishments in 2020 – and I do mean ALL of them, in every area of your life, as I outlined in my previous Forbes piece – and see where they are leading you. Looking at the throughlines or patterns and commonalities in these accomplishments will reveal where they are leading you.
For example, ask yourself: What did you find yourself enjoying more this year than you expected to? What new skills did you learn or discover? What did people ask you to do – or pay you to do – differently than before? “Pay attention to the people around you, and listen to what they see in your career,” is important and nuanced advice offered by Dr. Robin Currey, head of the Sustainable Food Systems Program at Prescott College, on my podcast. What people paid you to do, and how they introduced you to other people, can give you priceless insight into where people see your value.