2015 is here, and that means many of us are thinking about implementing big plans in the coming year. These could be personal plans, ones that strictly pertain to business, or a mixture of both? Why set goals of any kind? Good question, and the answer (in my humble opinion and with some knowledge of supporting research) is that people work better with well-defined goals. Without an understanding of what we want or need to achieve, we are apt to get derailed in our quest.

In work and life, goals can help clarify things. They can provide us with some much need motivation as well as provide us with solid benchmarks to measure success. While it is a bit arbitrary, the start of a new year really does represent a great time to take stock of where you are in your life and work.

Are you happy with your job? Are you fulfilled? Are your personal relationships fulfilling? Do you feel anxious about big parts of your life? Take stock of yourself and do not be afraid to acknowledge if you sense some deficiencies. Frankly, society is very much geared toward not encouraging us to feel insecure or unsure of ourselves. We must have the latest smartphone, shiniest car, fanciest whatever. I do not think we need to subscribe to those things.

When we have goals, we have a framework for action. Goals can be good if approached with seriousness as well as some humor, because many of us are probably in a career or at some point in our lives for which we never planned 10 to 15 years ago. It is called aging, and it is a necessary and quite befuddling process. It is 2015 and a great time to find out what you want to achieve in your work and life.