Every great career plan starts with S.M.A.R.T. goals. These are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Results Oriented, and Time Specified.
Let’s dive in a find out how to navigate a winning path to success.
Specific – Avoid anything to general or broad. A S.M.A.R.T. goal is detailed, exact and unequivocal, there is absolutely no ambiguity.
Measurable –What are the measurable components for you goal that indicate when and if you have achieved it?
Achievable – Is your goal achievable or are you setting yourself up for failure.
Results Oriented – Make sure you are focus on the results and not the activity you have to perform to get them. Keep your eyes set on the end results and not get distracted by the hoops you have to jump through before you’ve achieved the results.
Time Specified – A well considered deadline is really important for your S.M.A.R.T. goals. It motivates you to get things done.
Identifying and developing your S.M.A.R.T. goals the easy part. Now you have to make sure you achieve them and discover your true career potential.
Put pen to paper
Write your goals down. Not only does this make them real but it is incredibly motivating to be able to tick off steps as you achieve them.
Keep that paper with you at all times
Put it in as the screensaver on your phone or laptop or in your wallet. Whether it’s inn your wallet, on a clipboard, or on your screensaver. In this way, they’ll be a constant reminder of what you are going to achieve.
Why do you want to achieve these goals?
In the tougher moments when you’re questioning why your working so hard, this list of reasons will help keep you on the straight and narrow and keep you focused.
Tell your friends and family
Support from your friends and family will be incredibly important in achieving your goals. Share them with those that are close to you. Goals spoken out load are no longer just a daydream and are real.
Network and Talk
You are going to need all the help you can get. Get involved with networking events and talk about your goals.
Stay on track. Every day double check that what you’re doing is going to help you achieve your goals. Ask yourself and if the answer is no. Stop, re-asses and try again.
Consider you personal life too
It is important to have balanced goals that look after every aspect of your life. There is no point in sacrificing your health, happiness and family for your career goals.
All your goals driving in the same direction
Make sure your goals are congruent with one another. Conflicting goals create undue stress. If you have a work or career goal that is going to take up 60 to 80 hours a week of your time, it will be pretty difficult to realize a goal of running a marathon. You simply won’t have time to train.
There will be some sacrifices along the way. You might have to forgo less time with your family, or miss out on that summer holiday. Are these S.M.A.R.T goals worth these sacrifices? If yes, forward full steam ahead.
The point here is simple. S.M.A.R.T goals are an easy way to make sure you achieve your career goals in a ‘no-beating-around-the-bush’ kind of way. Keep focused and on track!!