Set goalsIt’s unlikely that you’ll make progress on your professional development goals if they feel like a chore. Instead of focusing on things you “should” do, choose one or two areas of focus that align with what really matters to you. Ask yourself:

  • If I could accomplish just one major professional development goal this year, what would it be?
  • When I think about this goal, do I get excited about the prospect of working on it as well as achieving it?
  • Am I motivated to achieve this goal because it’s interesting and important, or is it something that I think would please other people?

Use the answers to come up with a shortlist of goals that truly match your personal ambitions.