December 29, 2007

Prepare Yourself for a Bigger, Better 2008! - Part 2

Take today to consider your primary goals for 2008.  After working with coaching clients, I discovered that most people did not have distinct goals in mind.  Yet, the companies that employed these individuals always had concrete revenue goals which drove the employee's purpose at work.  So using the same philosophy, we need to consider how much we want to earn or what we want to accomplish each new year.

Let's start by setting a realistic salary goal.  Why a salary goal, you ask?  Because it is the most concrete way of seeing change and knowing that our actions are making a difference:
  • Consider what you are really worth to companies.  Include your knowledge, degrees, additional languages, and any other assets that you think could be valuable.  Most people actually undervalue themselves in terms of salary.  
  • Pick a number that is feasible, but is a bit of a stretch for you.  In other words, if you currently make $35K, it may not be reasonable to expect $1 million dollars in 2008.  However, you might shoot for $45-50K.
  • Determine any steps that you can take in 2008 to achieve your salary goal.  
Next, you need to consider any other goals you have for this upcoming year.  If you don't know where to begin with this, then take a look at one of my postings from earlier this year where I discuss "What Do You Want to be When You Grow Up."  

Make sure to write down your goals and the action steps that you've decided to take.  Then, check back tomorrow for the next way to set yourself up for a stellar 2008!

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