It's the first day of the first month of the year. Take advantage of this most perfect time, when the past is the past and everything feels possible, to set goals and objectives for your career. It doesn't need to be a long laundry list of tasks you'll never complete. We generally like to stick to one key theme. If you could make one major change in your life this year, what would it be? Then write it down. Share it with friends. Pin to your wall. Hold yourself accountable and allow all your subsequent decisions to be influenced by that one goal. Planning for your future is an essential component of success. Without goals and a roadmap, you're just a passive bystander in your own career.