How To Achieve Your Biggest Goals By The End Of The Year Zahra Barnes, How to achieve your career goals, How to have personal growth, Steps To Achieving Your Career and Life Goals By The End Of The Year
In a nutshell, as October drew to a close, I decided that I would approach the month of November like it was January, i.e. I’d start working on my Career & Personal Life Goals for 2016.
All in all, towards the end of the year, I find that certain landmark events (like my birthday in December, the end of a year, the start of a new one) open the doors of self-reflection. And honestly, as the years have gone by I’ve not always received what’s standing on the other side of that door with open arms. This year I decided I really wanted to change that. I didn’t want that pressure in December of analyzing 2015, feeling morose about what I hadn’t achieved, drawing up goals for 2016… This year, in the spirit of one of my all-time favourite Lenny Kravitz’s songs- ‘It Ain’t Over, Till It’s Over’- I decided that before the final curtain call for 2015, I’d use it’s last 2 months to take the steps needed to ensure I felt a sense of accomplishment when the year bowed out.
I’m thinking, if I end 2015 kicking ass, that means I’ll enter 2016 swinging,right?
So how has my thought process actually translated into action?
- Well take my blog for instance, I want to re-eeeeverything it. With regards to rejigging the content, I’ve spent the better part of this month doing a lot of research to that effect and making the necessary changes. I’m also currently working on revamping it aesthetically with my website designer and developer and I recently created a Facebook page for my blog. I had originally planned to start this project in Jan, with an announcement along the lines of: New Year, New Blog etc but then I realised that me getting a blog that’s more reflective of the Creative I am now and my new career goals has been a long time coming, so it was best to get on that shit, Pronto!
- In a bid to cement my status as an African Fashion Ambassador next year, I’ve decided to edit both Part 1 and Part 2 of my fashion TV show by mid Dec. Initially because of my work schedule, I had flirted with the idea of airing Part 1 of my Fashion Special in Dec and then waiting till the New Year before editing Part 2. But now, I’m gunning to get both done and dusted this year.
- Keen to test the employment waters in Berlin next year, this month I re-jigged my CV and have started researching the companies I’m interested in.
- It’s not just Work, wErk, Work: I’ve some personal goals too. During my 20s when I lived in London, I got so immersed in being a fashion stylist and writer, that I slowed down majorly when it came to developing my other skills: cooking, languages, fitness….I’m working on undoing the damage done. For instance, I want to improve my physical stamina and flexibility and to that end, I go for dance or aerobics classes three times a week.
Moving along, don’t you love it when you have an idea or decide on a new course of action and then as you’re surfing the web, you see someone has written an article that liiiiike totally speaks to you? This is what a happened a few days ago when I stumbled on a fantastic article written by Zahra Barnes titled, ‘How To Achieve Your Biggest Goals By The End Of The Year’. I was already immersed in a philosophical, ‘Wax On Right Hand, Wax Off Left Hand’ state of mind, and feeling decidedly smug about my- Let November Be Your January- mantra and Zahra’s article further strengthened my resolve. It gives great tips on how to set the wheels in motion to achieve the goals most important to you in a short time frame. I’ve found it super helpful and come back to it often, because each time I finish reading it, I want to rip my clothes of, bare that S on my chest, pump one arm up to the sky and lift off to the heavens shouting, ‘Lets GO!!!’. Erm…
And back to you: how are you feeling about the year nearly coming to an end? Will you make any resolutions for 2016? Which one of you will take on November/December like its January?
PssSST, here’s a Teaser Shot from my upcoming TV Fashion Special which I’m currently editing: