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As 2015 draws to a close and just before our thoughts turn to the celebrations for New Year's eve, I'd like to share with you some thoughts on Goal Setting, ready for 2016... 
Gooooal!!! (but no rant about football in sight...) 
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I write this blog on the morning of New Year’s Eve; the end of the old year and when everyone is excited for the start of the new… New Year – New Start and all of that. It’s also the time when everyone thinks about their ‘New Year Resolutions’, what they are going to get done this year – well until about the 11th January anyway, when their enthusiasm starts to wane… 
 
As evidence of this, I often cycle to my ‘local’ (though not technically a local as it’s about 3 miles down the road!) for a pub quiz and I usually time it so that I pass by a Monday evening running club on the way; in the first week of January there are often 20 or 30 people running along in their brand new running gear and high vis clothing, a fortnight later a few of those have dropped off and by the end of February it’s usually only an odd one or two people who are still there… 
 
Being a business oriented person, a few years ago I decided to stop setting myself ‘resolutions’, which I knew I would break quickly and start setting myself ‘objectives’. I wouldn’t say that this necessarily became the magic formula; I didn’t suddenly start achieving everything I set out to do, but I did at least make progress on some of them… 
 
As I reflect back though, I realise that at some point over the last couple of years, I seem to have stopped doing this… I have become the typical adage of a HR Department ~ ‘do as we say, not as we do’. Don’t get me wrong, I have ideas about what I want to achieve for my business and for me personally, but I have been keeping these floating around in my head and not committing them to paper. 
 
This means that they have been a little too woolly and have remained somewhat vague – or ‘organic’ to pick up on a popular buzzword… It is true to say that goals and objectives shouldn’t be set in stone and should be capable of being flexible to respond to changing business needs, but there is a big difference between vague and flexible. 
 
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Starting now then, I am going to make changes and I am going to follow my own advice on best practice when it comes to measuring the performance of employees; so here are the headlines for my goals for 2016… 
For my business: 
Increase turnover by a minimum of 10% 
Increase client base by 20% 
Be more targeted in my approach and get better at Marketing my business 
Be proactive and follow-through consistently and regularly 
 
For me personally: 
Take steps to improve my health and well-being 
Cycle 20 – 30 miles per week 
Finish craft projects that I have started 
Clear out the 'tut'! 
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Those amongst you who are familiar with performance management will have cleverly spotted that not all of these are ‘SMARTER’ objectives as I would advocate when advising clients on managing performance. But these are just the headlines, something to look back on when I come to writing this blog at the same time in 2016; the detail will be written up and displayed in my office… 
 
An unusually short blog from me this time; but as part of my goals for 2016, this will be the first of a fortnightly blog (see what I did there!), so there will be lots more from me in the coming months… 
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... Before we finish on goal setting though; here's the thoughts of motivational speaker Billy Riggs... 
 
In the meantime, I would like to thank you for reading and to send you my best wishes for a happy and prosperous 2016. Enjoy the celebrations this evening… 
 
PS – Don’t forget; if you want to learn more about managing performance, check out our forthcoming workshops in February and May 2016. Click here for further details… 
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