In 2015 a study about goals concluded that people who write down their professional goals were 33% more successful in accomplishing them when compared to those that didn’t write them down.
Goals help to motivate individuals and push them to greater things and opportunities.
Without goals, many people would be wandering around aimlessly with no purpose.
Continue reading to discover how you can set your own career goals and why they are so important.
The Importance of Career Goals
Personal career goals are extremely important to have because they help motivate you to learn more and push you to gain more experience and knowledge.
Most people have a dream that they are trying to follow but in order to get there, they must first put the effort in. Career goals are an excellent way to focus in on what you want to accomplish in the long run and how to get there.
Without goals, you would have a difficult time getting anything done, especially when it is a difficult task at hand.
Below are some of the best tips to utilize when trying to come up with long term career goals for yourself.
1. Know Your Destination
Knowing what you want to accomplish in the long run is one of the first steps to creating realistic career goals.
Once you have established what your intentions are, you will be able to break down your larger goal into smaller ones that aren’t as overwhelming and time-consuming. Making simple plans and goals along the way that support your overall goal is the most important piece.
2. Be Realistic
Once you know what your goals are (or have an idea), you need to start setting expectations for yourself, however, you MUST be realistic during this process.
Many goals go unaccomplished because people set too large of goals that set them up for failure.
Be sure that your goals are simple yet challenging, if it seems too easy you may have to reevaluate your road map. During this stage, you should also prepare yourself and gather any materials that are necessary to accomplish these smaller and more manageable tasks.
3. Get It on paper
As stated above, those who write down their goals are more likely to accomplish them as compared to those who are just daydreaming.
Some people like to write their goals down on a piece of paper, create vision boards, or even use a resume as a means to reach their dreams. Adobe offers a free template for resumes that you can use as a foundation for your goals.
Although it is important to follow your goal plan as best as you can, it is important that you are still flexible. Life happens and things get in the way of following your dreams, if a set back happens, don’t get discouraged. Simply start again!
Reach for the Stars
Setting your own career goals may seem overwhelming at first, but with the help of this article, you can get on the right path to creating a realistic path to follow.
Creating a road map can help you visualize your success and show you how to can reach the point that you want to be at. Those who have a fulfilling and successful life are willing to put time into setting goals and accomplishing tasks.
Having patience and the ability to set realistic goals are key pieces of fulfilling all of your career aspirations.
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