Salon Spa Goal Setting for 2017: 4 Steps to Self-development at Your Salon Spa

Possibly the most effective goal setting activity is the that contributes to your self-development. Attending to your personal growth is the most important goal you can set but how do you set and achieve personal goals?


Each goal setting activity in this article is focused on your development in the workplace but the principles will be of equal value in any area of your life.


1. Discover yourself.


First set a goal which allows you to discover as much about yourself as possible. Self-knowledge is a particularly difficult kind of knowledge to gain.


It would be superficial to suggest that discovering “who you are” is something you can do overnight. However, it’s all too easy to overlook what is a fundamental goal setting activity. Knowing more about yourself can help you make choices about what you do.


Goal setting action steps:


Here are some areas where you might learn more about yourself and what you want to do:


  • What kind of organization do you prefer to work in – large or small, where there is less certainty or more certainty in your work?

  • Do you enjoy working to the pressure of deadlines?

  • Where do you belong? What kind of job, what kind of company, with what kind of people?

  • How do you learn best?

  • What are your values? Do they fit well with what you are doing?


Once you know what you like to do, what you are good at, then all you have to do is work hard at it.”


2. What are you good at?


Find out what you are good at. Too often we don’t do what we’re good at in our work. Working to our strengths is one of the keys to improving motivation at work. If we’re overstretched, or doing jobs to which we’re not suited, then work can become frustrating, tedious or difficult.


If we allow ourselves to drift into activities which are not based on our strengths, then gradually it dawns on us that we’re no longer enjoying the work we do.


Goal setting action steps:


Identifying your strengths is not necessarily an easy activity, but it’s a crucial one. Set aside some time to think through what you are good at.


  • Where have you had success in your work?

  • What strengths did you use to achieve this success.

  • Looking back over the last month, what things have you done which make you feel strong, which make you look forward to doing them, and that come relatively easily to you?

Propose ways in which you could contribute to the performance of your team/area using these strengths, highlighting the potential benefit to your organization. Read our page on “boss time management” for some tips on how to do this.


3. Look for Meaning and Insight.


Often our strengths are associated with our enthusiasms. Being good at something you’re passionate about is a powerful combination. Plan to become as knowledgeable as you can about your area, build on your strengths and enthusiasms. Use our career goal setting tips for some guidance.


Plan to become as knowledgeable as you can about your area, build on your strengths and enthusiasms. Use our career goal setting tips for some guidance.


Goal setting action steps:


Identify how your strengths and enthusiasms deliver things that people value; Create a plan to develop then build on your strengths;


  • Learn more broadly than just seeking facts or information. Look for meanings and insights. Explore and ask wider questions.

  • Another crucial addition to your thinking here should be to ask: where is the knowledge and experience you have most valued?

  • How could you use your strengths to meet customers’ needs?


If you want to earn a living or build careers based on your strengths and passions, then they need to be in areas that people value.


4. Life is a Process of Discovery


One of the merits of thinking of life as a circular process is to see that opportunities often come around again if we missed them first time. It is also worth thinking about what you are now able to do because of the experience or knowledge you have gained.


There can often be periods of your career that at the time may not have appeared to be of much value, that later you see gave you skills or experience that proved invaluable for what you may now be doing.


Goal setting action steps:

  • What activities could you now engage in because of what you’ve done and learned recently?

  • What new things have you discovered about yourself?

  • What new opportunities do they suggest for you?

  • How have you improved in particular aspects of your life?



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