Set Stretch Goals for a Strong 2023 Finish

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Set Stretch Goals for a Strong 2023 Finish

Aug 8, 2023 | Living the Life

Set Stretch Goals for a Strong 2023 Finish

Aug 8, 2023 | Living the Life

This year has served up its share of plot twists but Solo PR Pros can still come out on top. As we approach the last leg of the year, it’s a great time to reflect on your accomplishments and set your sights on closing the year strong. Setting stretch goals — targets that go beyond your typical ambitions — can inspire exceptional performance and growth. Below we offer a few tips to help you set and reach your stretch goals.

1. Take Stock of Your Current Position 

Before diving into stretch goals, assess your current situation. Which of your objectives have you already met? What opportunities lie ahead in the coming months? A clear understanding of where you stand will provide a foundation for setting ambitious, yet realistic, targets.

2. Define Your Stretch Goals Stretch

Your goals should be challenging but not entirely out of reach. Think about that ‘big dream' client you've wanted to pitch, or a project that seems just slightly out of your current capabilities. Maybe it’s expanding your services or reaching a new market segment. Let these aspirational objectives guide your goal-setting process. “It is better to aim high and miss than to aim low and hit.”― Les Brown

3. Break Them Down 

A significant stretch goal can be daunting. Breaking it down into smaller, manageable tasks can make it less daunting. Create a roadmap with milestones that lead to your main goal. For instance, if your goal is to pitch to a dream client, the initial steps might include researching the client's industry, developing a targeted strategy, and networking with relevant stakeholders.

4. Focus on Professional Development

Stretch goals often require skills or knowledge you might not yet possess. Consider investing in courses, workshops, or resources that can give you the expertise to reach these targets. Continuous learning not only enriches your personal growth but also enhances the value you offer to clients.

5. Stay Accountable 

Share your goals with someone you trust — a mentor, colleague, or friend (or members of Solo PR Pro!). Regularly updating them about your progress can provide motivation and they might offer insights or advice you hadn’t considered. Having an accountability partner(s) is a powerful way to stay on track. This does not have to be overly formal. You can check in via text a few days a week or month. I have accountability partners in a text thread. We keep each other accountable and motivated. 

6. Embrace Flexibility 

Sometimes, despite our best efforts, things don't go as planned. The world of PR is dynamic, and adaptability is a crucial asset. If you find that a particular approach isn’t working, be willing to pivot. Remember, the essence of a stretch goal is to push your boundaries and grow; it’s the journey and lessons learned that matter as much as the destination.

7. Celebrate Small Wins

Don’t be so focused on the end result that you forget to acknowledge the steps along the way. Every milestone achieved, no matter how minor, is a step closer to your ultimate goal. Celebrate these small victories. They serve as motivation and a reminder of your capabilities.

8. Reflect and Refine 

As the year draws to a close, take the time to review your stretch goals. What worked? What didn’t? This reflection is invaluable for setting even more impactful goals in the year to come.

Setting and achieving stretch goals is a powerful way for Solo PR pros to end the year on a high note. By pushing boundaries, embracing learning, and celebrating every step forward, you set the stage for success not just for the year’s end, but for the future as well.

We’d love to hear from you! What would help you to set and achieve your stretch goals? Let us know in the comments or tag us #solopr on social media.

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Written By Karen Swim
Karen Swim is the President of Solo PR and Founder of public relations agency, Words For Hire.