Before you define your goals, take the time to think things out. Rushing to put goals in place starts you off on the wrong foot, so stop and think before making any quick decisions. If you’re not sure where to start, here are examples of a few questions to ask yourself:
- If you had your dream job, what would your title and duties be?
- Where would you like to be professionally in 5, 10 and 15 years?
- What does career success mean to you?
Answer Your Own Questions
Next, answer the questions you just asked yourself. It can be hard looking 15 years down the road, but thinking ahead now will help you envision your professional future. Once you have the answers to these questions, you may find an overall theme that helps you define your goals and steps you’re going to take to achieve them.
Always Remind Yourself
Once your goals are defined, it’s important that you don’t let yourself forget about them. Whether you read them out loud before work, write them in your planner or put them on sticky notes around your desk, keep your goals top of mind so you’re always working towards them.
Adapt As Needed
There are many reasons why you may need to change up your goals. People change, you may hit a roadblock, or maybe you are going through major life events. Regardless of why you need to adapt your goals, the important thing is that your goals remain realistic, in sight and you don’t give up on them.
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