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  • Tracy Costello, PhD

Craft SMART Goals to foster success in 2021!

Over the past months as I have been engaged with 1-1 coaching and developing strategies to identify career paths, develop networks, create engaging application materials, prepare and accomplish successful interviews, AND negotiate job offers with my clients, I have noticed that SMART goals, how to develop them, and why they are important, come up repeatedly. In particular, when preparing to deliver a lecture about how to create an individual development plan for the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health participants last week, it was key that I had updated resources for them. Preparing for the lecture prompted research, edits, and refreshed advice! I learned new things and was happy to share them.

As you are all preparing for New Year's Resolutions... why not take a little time to give them enough thought and development to ensure that this year, they stick past February. (Research shows that 80% of resolutions or goals fail by February). Let's ensure that this year, the goals are achievable! Attached below is a document that defines SMART Goals and a worksheet to help you work through the process.

2020 has been challenging for all of us. Whether you "thrived" or "survived," you are a success. May you be blessed in 2021.

If you need to schedule a short, no obligation coaching session to have some questions answered or find some career direction, please reach out. I'm happy to have a 20 minute chat. Likewise, if you would like a virtual professional development seminar or workshop delivered at your department or university, please reach out. I'm always happy to connect and help you and your colleagues with their career exploration, job searches, and professional growth.

Happy Holidays!

SMART Goals Info and Worksheet
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