New Year: Focus on Your Future Self

How will you set goals for the year ahead? Consult your future self, envision who you want to be, and turn aspirations into tangible achievements. Cheers to a transformative 2024!

Happy New Year! Welcome to 2024. Many companies require employees to choose their objectives this month. Budgets reset. Energy is restored from the holiday break. Everything seems possible.

January is also the prime goal-setting month. Many people struggle to set goals for the year. The future looks unclear, and choosing a goal can seem like setting yourself up for failure. Perhaps goals seem too amorphous or hard to achieve.

What can you do to make you more likely to achieve your goals? Try asking your future self.

A Year From Now

Close your eyes and envision yourself a year from now in an ideal state. See yourself as healthy, happy, and feeling great about yourself and your work. Now ask your future self what had to happen to get there. You may be surprised at the answer.

Your future self may say they are happy because they’ve become a better speaker and trainer. That future self may tell you to take a public speaking class or to get a mentor to help you develop more interesting training. They may tell you to apply to be a panelist at a regional conference to help develop your confidence.  

Perhaps your future self is feeling good because they’ve been promoted. That future self may tell you to commit to having a better attitude in the office and asking for projects that will stretch your skills. Trust the answers that come to you.

Take Action

As soon as you have ideas about how your future self would behave and the actions you need to take to get there, act. Sign up for the class. Call a potential mentor. Set an appointment with your boss to ask about the major initiatives this year and identify a place you wouldn’t normally help, but could if your skillset were bigger.

Commit to Yourself

Personal development author David Neagle says that when we fail to commit to our goals and carry out the actions required to reach them, we teach ourselves that we aren’t trustworthy, which reduces our self-esteem. Committing to reaching your goal and doing so is an act of self-love that boosts confidence and allows you to believe you can continue to arrive at greater heights.

This new year can be your best year yet if you have a vision of where you want to go. Your ideal future self can take you there.

Another way you could achieve your goals this year is by completing my book, Your Year as a Wildly Effective Compliance Officer. I’ve designed it to be your companion for the year, full of prompts and space to write your own notes, so you can become a more influential, persuasive and motivated compliance professional in one year. 

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Kristy Grant-Hart

Kristy Grant-Hart

Kristy Grant-Hart is the founder and CEO of Spark Compliance.
She's a renowned expert at transforming compliance departments into in-demand business assets.