Top athletes have one thing in common that makes them succeed: they all set goals for themselves.
No matter if you want get to the next level in your job or make a career change, goal setting has the same importance for your professional growth. A career without goals is like going on a journey without a map or GPS. You won’t know where you are and where you want to go. The result? You wander around in circles and maybe even end up exactely where you started. That’s why so many people feel stuck in their careers and don’t know how to break free.
Setting goals gives you long-term vision and short-term motivation. It focuses your acquisition of knowledge, skills and network so that you can make the most of your career.
What makes good goals?
Research says that this is what makes good career goals. So now after learning a bit more about how to set good goals, why don’t you give it a try:
Your goals should be inherently motivating to you. Just thinking about them should want to make you act.
You should be able to tell whether or not you are making progress towards your goals
You should be able to act towards your goals.
Think about what you can do as to achieve your goal. Found something? Good, the goal is actionable.
Your goal should be relevant to you today. Would be achieving the goal already today provide the value you wish for? Then it’s relevant to pursue the goal.
Fight your procrastination by setting a time limit for yourself.
A short but powerful goal setting practice for you.
So now after learning a bit more about how to set good goals, why don’t you give it a try? We create a small but powerful goal setting practice that you can do here.
Our recommended resources for goal setting.
If you want to learn more about setting good goals. Here are some resources that we can recommend:
Achieve your goals using the WOOP method by Nawal Alansaari – 8 min read
The Goal Setting Guide by Sahil Bloom – 12 min listen