You know the poking nudge you get each January to reflect on your professional life? The prodding you often try to tamp down or ignore altogether? Well, considering that this January not only launches a new year, but a new decade, now is the time to give serious thought to your career.
Are you happy with your current employment scenario? Do you long for something fresh and new? Have you put off additional training, certifications, or coursework? Are you moving forward or are you stuck in a rut? Bottom line—are you where you want to be? If the answer is no, the key is to ask, “What am I going to do about it?”
Career whiz and head of content for Humu, Liz Fosslien, sees goals as incredible motivators. “An effective goal will push you to get things done — but keep yourself honest. Research also shows that the more decisions we get to make for ourselves, the better we feel and the harder we work. When you commit to making something happen, you boost the chances that it will actually become a reality.”
So, what would you like to see on the career front? What needs to take place to get you there? When it comes to setting professional goals, Laura Petrolino suggests answering these four questions:
- What do I want to learn?
- What do I want to create?
- Who do I want to affect?
- Where do I need to improve?
These questions delve into the heart of what you desire to accomplish through your professional life—a scenario that many folks spend little time pondering, as they’re too busy simply making a living. The years slip away and before one is aware, the chance to do something different has come and gone. If the prospect of a new decade has your mind either racing with the possibilities or panicked at the prospect that time is running out, take a deep breath, grab pen and paper, and retreat to a quiet place to think.
As your thoughts come together, jot down goals in three different time frames:
- Immediate short-term: 1 – 6 weeks
- Short-term: 2 – 6 months
- Semi-long-term: 6 – 12 months
Scrutinize the various goals. Then, prioritize, delete, rearrange until you have a manageable, realistic set of objectives. Remember, it’s one thing to challenge yourself, but it’s an entirely different matter to drive yourself to the brink of exhaustion or insanity by embarking on an impossible journey.
Founder and CEO of The Lonely Entrepreneur, Michael Dermer, suggests, “The process of narrowing it down will require debate and discussion. Maybe with colleagues. Maybe with friends. Maybe with your significant other. The debate is important as it will really force you to make a choice about what you will focus on.”
Too often we hamper our own progress by not celebrating the small accomplishments that contribute to completing a major goal. So, establish milestones along the way that will give you cause to revel in your success on the journey.
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