I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and wish you Happy New Year. ✨
Hopefully, all your dreams come true.💫
How do you keep it with New Year’s resolutions? Are you the type of person who sets some goals for the new year, or do you just continue as usual because it is not your kind of thing?
Both is absolutely okay because it is just not everybody’s kind of thing to set goals for the new year. But maybe you have noticed that when you need to reach a goal in your job, for example, you are more focused and motivated to work towards it?
Because goals are also a kind of motivation. It doesn’t mean that you need to set goals for everything, but the occasional goal set the right way can boost your motivation.
#1 5 strategies for setting the right goal
And that’s what I would like to take a closer look with you today:
How to set goals so that you can meet them.
Let’s have a closer look at 5 tips for setting proper goals, with the example of strengthening your business English skills.
Have you ever heard of ‘SMART‘ goals? Here, the word SMART stands for s- specific, m- measurable, a- achievable, r- relevant and t- time-bound. This is the formula you might want to use for setting goals.
Let’s say your aim is to become more confident in speaking English in business.
#2 Make sure your goal is specific
If you have a look at this goal, then you might notice that it isn’t specific. So, you could say, for example: “I would like to become confident when I speak in English with clients in business meetings.”
# 3 Create a measurable goal
The next question is: How do you know that your confidence in business meetings has increased? In other words, how do you measure confidence?
In case you are a person who doesn’t participate in discussions in business meetings, you could set the goal: “I want to share at least one idea in discussions with clients in English during every business meeting.”
How does that sound to you?
#4 Check if your goal is really achievable
Already a little more concrete? Then let’s continue with a for achievable goal. It means whether you can achieve the goal or not. Let’s have a look at our example.
Here it means whether you can really share at least one idea in a discussion?
Do you have enough ideas to share, or do you sometimes lack ideas?
How can you make sure you can share at least one idea in a discussion?
How about taking 5 minutes before every meeting and thinking about ideas you could share?
#5 Be sure the goal is relevant for you
Next is r for relevant. Is the goal really something you need, and does it fit into your long-term plans? Do you really need to speak English confidently in meetings, or are you planning to change jobs anyway because you have other career plans where you don’t need English?
#6 Set a time-bound goal
Finally, t for time-bound. Your goal should have a time limit. It means for our example: “I want to share at least one idea in discussions with clients in English during every business meeting this month.” A time limit helps you take the first step towards your goal because there is now some urgency attached to it.
These 5 tiny tips will help you reach your language goals for Business English.
Nevertheless, I can also recommend the Smart Language Planner. It is a planner for language learners that helps them set goals and to break big tasks into smaller tasks. They become more concrete and snackable. You can order a copy here:
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