With 2013 just around the corner hopefully your thoughts are turning to what you’re going to achieve in the New Year. Note I didn’t say hope or wanting, I gave your GOALS definite purpose.

When starting to set goals you need to work through a few simple steps:

  • Consider what you want to achieve
  • Set yourself some long term, medium term & short term goals
  • Create a plan of action or to-do list that will help you reach these goals
  • Review your goals & update on a regular/daily basis to help keep on track
  • Make your goals SMART – Specific (or Significant), Measurable (or Meaningful), Attainable (or Action-Orientated), Relevant (or Rewarding), Time-bound (or Trackable)
  • When you’ve achieved a goal take time to enjoy the achievement and reward yourself appropriately for having reached your desired target.

For more hints & tips on Goal Setting go to Mindtools

With that in mind I thought I’d give you a couple of ideas on what you can achieve with the right mindset, attitude and a desire to conquer.

Maybe you’re looking to lose weight, quit smoking, do more exercise or change your job/get a job. So here’s some places which might help in that quest:-

Health & Wellbeing

You can create stability in your daily lives by sticking to a healthy eating & weight management regime – sign up for Quartz Services Healthy Habits Online Programme or the Weight Management Programme – both are 4 x 1 hour information sessions via the internet to help you get into peak physical & mental wellbeing.

Or how about finally getting rid of that chronic pain – check out the help available from SIRPA (Stress Illness Recovery Practitioners Association).

Quit Smoking

www.quit.org.uk & www.smokefree.nhs.uk will tell you how much you can save, explain the benefits, give you sound reasons to stop. You can even get a free Quit Kit to help you along the way!

Get Fit

The best way to get fit is to set yourself a challenge and then you have something to train for, aim for and work towards. How about the Cancer Research UK Race for Life in the Summer; this is a 6k walk, job or run which takes place at various locations across the UK. Maybe you can manage something a bit more challenging, then how about the Bupa Great North Run in the Autumn;  this is a half marathon with a fabulous atmosphere and plenty of people cheering you on every step of the way. Or something even MORE challenging like a Spartan Race for charity or what about completing 2013 miles in 2013. (or in my case, due to an injury which would prevent me from completing 2013 miles I’m aiming for 2013 kilometres in 2013).

To help you track your activity why not try Map My Run. This is a free tools which will record the miles you’ve walked, jogged or run. You can find new routes and share your routes with others online too.

New Job

In the New Year, along with the usual Social Media Workshops on LinkedIn, Twitter & Facebook for businesses we’ll also be helping Job Seekers understand how to use LinkedIn to their advantage.

With unemployment looking to reach a record high of 30 million by 2015 according to the BBC & CIPD we decided to add Using LinkedIn for Job Hunting to our programme as there are a wealth of jobs advertised within LinkedIn which are not advertised anywhere else eg. Not on job boards. So therefore not where everyone else is looking!

We’ll be showing delegates how to set up a LinkedIn Profiles, what to add and where, how to optimize your Profile to ensure HR personnel and hiring managers can find you for that all important job and how to apply for jobs via LinkedIn.

To book onto any of the Social Networking Workshops – Click Here

Hopefully this blog post has given you some food for thought. However we’d love to hear your New Years Resolutions & comments.

What are you going to achieve? What goal or goals have you set yourself? What’s the deadline and who’s going to support you in your quest?

Please leave your comments below…