By working towards a career goal, you end up getting much more than your desired outcome. Setting and achieving meaningful career goals provides increased job satisfaction, higher self-esteem, and improved quality of life.
Here are a few tips on how to form a goal that’s ambitious but not overwhelming.
You’re more likely to succeed when your career goals are specific. Peer into the future and creating a vision for your ideal self. Ask yourself: What’s your job like? What kind of skills and responsibilities do you have? Who is your employer, and what is your job like? What kind of team do you work with? When you clearly visualize your desired outcome, you begin to see the possibility of achieving it and you can start taking steps to build your plan.
Challenge Yourself But Be Realistic
Acquire more knowledge and additional skills on top of what you already know. Do the research, speak with people in similar jobs, and realize that you may need to take a few additional steps in acquiring the skills and knowledge to achieve your goal.
Take action upon the changes that you need to make. If you believe your goal is important and attainable, you stand a much higher chance of succeeding. Sometimes willingness to share your goal with others holds you accountable to make progress along the way.
Feedback Is Essential
Identified a couple of key mentors and coaches to share your goals with and commit to provide them with regular updates. Each time you make some progress and share your insights with with mentors, they will help you make tweaks to your other action steps based on what you’re learning. Having a feedback keeps you to motivated, helps you stay on track, and allows for a sense of accomplishments throughout the entire process.
Create the Right Conditions for Success
Successfully achieving your goal requires two conditions: time and practice. To avoid burning out and quitting on unrealistic goals, create intermediate objectives that you have enough time to complete, given your real-life commitments. This gives you time to experiment, learn and fail in a safe environment, while you continue to push your career plan forward.