5 Steps to Achieving Your Career Goals This Year
When it comes to achieving your career goals this year, it’s much like working to achieve any other goal, as you need to clearly define your outcome and then make a plan to get there for as the saying goes “if you fail to plan then you plan to fail”.
Whether you’re looking for a job with a company like AAG Reverse or to set yourself up as a freelancer, or even a small business owner, the same principles apply – and that’s what we’re going to be looking at within this article.
- FOCUS ON WHERE YOU WANT TO GO
If you don’t have an idea of the destination at which you wish to arrive, it’s going to be pretty hard to get there. As with anything, awareness is the first step.
The way to think about it is to consider getting on a ferry where the captain doesn’t know where he is heading — the point being that if there’s no final destination in mind, the boat will just sail in the ocean, without direction or purpose.
You need to create a clear idea of where it is you want to go in order to get there — sounds obvious, but it’s amazing how many people miss out this vital step.
- PLAN A ROUTE
Once you have decided on the destination, the next step is going to be to plan a route to get you there. Sometimes, we have just one idea in our mind, of the “best way” but at first it can be helpful to expand your thinking and consider all the different possibilities.
- THE FASTEST WAY
When you plan your route, in a car, you find the fastest and most efficient route to get you from A to B and that’s what you need to do with your career goals.
Think of the way in which a GPS map will tell you the fastest way to get to your final destination. First, it has to calculate several routes – and then decide which one is best. You need to do the same thing with your career goals.
- CHUNK DOWN YOUR GOAL
The next step is to chunk down your goal, and break it down into bite size pieces, for instance, you might develop a task list of all the things that you need to do in order to get to where you want to be, such as to write a CV and then send it out to a number of specific prospective employers.
- TAKE ACTION
The final, and most important step is to take action. Now, you don’t have to see the whole staircase to take the first step, you can just start with little baby steps, and eventually, with momentum these baby steps will pay off.
Don’t allow yourself to be paralyzed by procrastination. You want to get started today. There’s something that feels great about taking immediate action, as this builds momentum, and there is a lot of power in progress.