Regularly establishing career goals is critical to career success because it helps create a clear path and provides motivation.
Goal setting at the outset of a new year enables you to hit the reset button on your career and sweep away any lingering disappointments from last year. When you set goals and achieve them, it can give you a sense of personal satisfaction and self-fulfillment, as well as make you more confident. Career goals also provide you with a vision and mission. They also make your job a little more exciting because you can see how your daily tasks fit into the bigger picture of your career.
Below are a few tips on how you can set and achieve your career goals this year.
Take Stock of Your Skills and Assets
Before laying out the goals you’d like to achieve in 2020, a good first step is to take stock of what you can do and then consider opportunities based on your current skill set. When taking stock of your skills, it’s important to remember both technical skills and soft skills, such as leadership ability and communication skills. Personal assets can include everything from the amount of money in your savings account to the amount of free time you have to your professional network.
Once you’ve inventoried your skills and assets, thinking of ways you can leverage them will point you in the direction of achievable goals for the upcoming year. Conversely, if there are any glaring holes in your skill set or assets, you can set goals to address them
Set Bite-Sized Goals
Even small, incremental progress can cause us to feel content and engaged in our job. Additionally, it can fuel our productivity, as progress feeds into growing momentum.
A good place to try to find small achievable goals is in various processes. Optimizing your processes can boost your motivation and keep you concentrated on the kind of progress that can lead to bigger achievements.
After you’ve settled on a list of bite-size goals, step away from your list for a few days. Taking a break from your list of goals helps you to come back later with a fresh perspective. This fresh outlook will help you to better see if the goals you’ve chosen are the right ones for the coming year.
Ensure Your Goals are S.M.A.R.T.
When setting goals, many people use a criteria system called S.M.A.R.T – which stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound.
When goals are specific and measurable, it’s easier to get a sense of the ultimate goal and the steps it will take to get there. Achievable goals are those that can be attained in the foreseeable future. If you’re setting career goals, the goals to set must be related to your professional life. When goals are time-bound or deadline-driven goals, they are more likely to create a sense of urgency and motivation.
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