Baby-Step Career Resolutions for 2006
It’s time for New Years resolutions! Don’t panic—I’m not about to lecture you on losing weight or smoking, although you may want to kick these around in the old mental background somewhere. From this blog forth in 2006, we will focus on career goals and solutions and everything in between to focus your energy and talent in simple ways that will reward you personally and professionally. Think of this blog as a motivational tool to give your performance a shot in the arm. I offer thee nuggets—pearls of career IT thought to hopefully influence you in a positive way.
The first—clarify your goals and objectives. They don’t have to be complicated. In fact simple, incremental goals facilitate your achieving them and moving on to the next step. First, decide which direction will lead where you want to be. You don’t even have to know what you want to be or what you want to do when you get there. Just pick a direction and step that way. Setting a goal provides you with motivation and a finishing point.
You’ve got to crawl before you walk, so don’t feel silly if your first goal is a little one. Understand your reasons. Why have you set the goal? Explore and learn about your goal. Think about what life will be like after you reach it. What major objectives will you need to complete on the way? These objectives are the clear and reasonable details.
Goal-setting activity is critical to your strategic career journey as well as any progress or achievements along the way. It’s often better to set a direction—any direction—than to waste time waiting for a bolt of career lightning. So set one that helps you develop your personal skills. When you finalize your plan, you will likely get there faster than those who sat still waiting for their big epiphany.
If you find it difficult to find your own reasons for a particular goal, explore further. Why are you considering the goal? What motives drive you?
Sometimes when you realize a goal, you find the outcome isn’t what you expected. Assessment helps you confirm a realistic idea of what life might be like after achieving a goal. Talk to others, read supporting material, involve yourself in the activities you are considering. Writing down your goal significantly improves your chances of success. Putting it in a prominent area helps keep you motivated.
You may find you have underestimated the effort needed to achieve your objectives. If so, update or change your goal. Extend the deadline, but be careful not to diminish the overall goal itself. It’s OK if it takes longer than expected to achieve it. Just make sure you’re accomplishing steps along the way. Don’t reduce the vision of what you want to achieve. Always be closing on something—no matter how small.