It’s a new year. You are recovering from a very busy holiday period and just can’t seem to even think about setting goals for the year that lay ahead. You are not necessarily unhappy with your current work situation, you just feel overwhelmed in trying to focus and set new goals for yourself.
Don’t feel alone! Various professionals have admitted to not being able to set clear goals sometime in their life. According to research done by the University of Scranton, 92% of individuals never achieve their set career goals.
The first thing you need to realise is that you absolutely have to identify your goals and devise a strategic plan in achieving them. Here are a few tips in getting started:
- Make time
Go ahead, get yourself a cup of coffee and make time in creating that list.
- Evaluate those goals
Set a time in which you would like to achieve your goals and clearly state when you have reached them.
- Make it visual
Write your goals down and place it where you will be able to see it every day.
- Be committed
Work diligently towards achieving your goals.
- Update your CV and LinkedIn Profile
Regularly update your CV and LinkedIn profile to ensure you include your most recent achievements, completed courses as well as details regarding your most recent work experience.
- Are you flexible?
Review and adjust your goals if necessary. Most likely your goals will change as you grow as an individual and progress in your career.
- Stay positive!
It’s so easy to just give up when you don’t see results and achieve your goals within your set timeframe. If it is time to let go of certain goals because it is no longer achievable, unrealistic or doesn’t form part of your career plan anymore, then do it! Rather invest more time and focus on those goals that you feel still forms part of your vision.
Finally, consider this process as a unique opportunity for personal growth and each situation as a step closer to achieving your goals!