How to Set Your Best Career Goals for 2014

When do you set your career goals? Because my birthday is in December, the month of December has always been my preferred time to reflect the year ending, and then to set goals for the year ahead. As someone who tends to be very goal oriented, it can be tempting for me to overlook the time of reflection. But I have learned that I will be more successful moving forward, if I first spend some time looking back. You too can begin to set yourself up for your best year ever by reflecting on the following questions – so you can celebrate your successes as well as identify things that didn’t work so well.

So pour yourself a glass of wine or a mug of hot cocoa, sit in your comfiest chair in front of the fireplace, and think back on the past 12 months.

  1. What were your goals for 2013? What did you hope for, dream of, and set out to achieve this year in your career and in your life?
  2. What did you accomplish in 2013? Consider what you actually completed and achieved in your career, and in your life. How do you feel about those things?
  3. What did you overcome in 2013? Life and work always hand us challenges, obstacles, and opportunities. What were yours this past year?
  4. What were your pleasant surprises in 2013? Life also brings us gifts and unexpected treasures. Did you take note of them? You might even think of these as blessings.
  5. What did you fail to achieve in 2013? What are some goals you didn’t hit? We all have them. No beating yourself up here, just identify them.
  6. The final question, and my favorite: What did you learn in 2013? What lessons can you use as you move forward into 2014?

I imagine your year had some ups and downs, some accomplishments, some heartache, and some real joys. Mine did. I encourage you to take a few minutes to reflect on the road you traveled in 2013, and how you got where you are right now. What was the journey of 2013 for you? As you do this, you will be better able to identify your dreams and set your goals for 2014.

I’d love to hear from you personally, with any discoveries you make as you reflect on these questions.

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What did you need at the time you hired Lori?


I wanted to work in my industry and didn't know how to progress any further than I was. I knew I had much experience that could be put in the industry of my choice but not how to parlay that experience. I needed guidance.

What did you and Lori do together?


Many, many things. Overall, to get clear in my mind what I offered and really what I wanted in a work environment. Every week was another epiphany after another. One of my favorites was the "knowing your core values". Having had some experience on this subject I was all ready to dive-in. Core Values is key. Knowing your core values. 

Lori makes it so easy to pinpoint. One time we were speaking about something else and we both realized...OMG...that is a core value for me. I hadn't written it down before, but discovered later that if ever a core value fit me...it was the one I mentioned at that time.  Knowing that piece of information also answered a long standing question in my head.  One of the "why's" as to my constant upset with other places I had worked.

What were the results from working with Lori?


Many things. One is a great looking resume. I thought, wow, I look good and it was all from work I had already done elsewhere but didn't know how to say it or present it. Another is the clarity of knowing where I will feel good when I do work. What I really want and with the kind of people I really want to work with on a daily basis. This entire process is so valuable. The best money I ever spent and I am not kidding or exaggerating. I was only hoping it would be valuable and it really was valuable.< I know stuff and it has value and is marketable. Lori showed me those things and it gives me confidence.

Anything else you’d like to add?


Lori delivers above and beyond. The highest quality of exchange, 'more than you expected.' I told my friends this over and over: 'I wish I had her 10-20-even 30 years ago.' Every one, and I mean EVERYONE, needs a Lori. Her understanding,patience, how she problem solves, putting things in simple terms, was mind blowing. I wish I could that well. I present a problem and she could turn it around and yes...another epiphany.

Lori, is worth every penny. It isn't about a title. It is about enjoying everyday doing work you love with people you like and are like minded. You'll know what you are looking for when you interview.  I never say this, but I will say it here. Lori is a major key into the rest of my life doing what I always wanted to do. That is: Being happy doing what I do, everyday. Something I have been saying for years. Allowing Sherlock...to be Sherlock.  Finding my people. They are out there and now I know what I am looking for in that respect.

LORI ROCKS!!!!!!

Sherlock Ganz, Los Angeles, CA