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How do I know I am in the right path to achieve my goal?

To achieve a goal it is necessary to build a plan/strategy, however, how is it possible to know if the path chosen is the right one, and the time and effort spent will not be #career useless?

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Emesha’s Answer

Hi Lisa,

Yes, its very important to have goals and to develop a plan/strategy of action to achieve those goals. Success starts with setting goals and strategizing to achieve those goals. Goal setting will allow you to take care of your life's direction and future. I recommend setting goals that will motivate you to take action be intentional. Set SMART goals-Specific-Measurable-Attainable-Relevant- Time Bound. Put your goals in writing doing so makes them more real and tangible and allows you can keep track with your victories. If you learn something new on your journey nothing is wasted and that's how you know you are on the right path. The more  you learn the more you will grow. Keep going your future is in your hands. Check out this article on the Golden Rules of Goal Setting https://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newHTE_90.htm

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Tom’s Answer

Hi Lisa. I think once you have established a goal it will be a lot clearer to you what stands in the way of reaching that. Goals are important. They motivate you and they give you a sense of satisfaction when you hit them. When you have a goal make a list of the obstacles preventing you from reaching that. I mean it. Make a list. What are the hardest to deal with and which are the easiest. Always keep thinking about the hardest, but start with the easiest. Here's why. Sometimes in dealing with this they open up new solutions for the hard ones. For further insights when you have a goal in mind then reach out to people already doing that and ask pointed questions. If you identify yourself as a student interested in gathering more information about a career in a given field, most people will be willing to give you a few minutes. Just ask. To find your passion I suggest a book I've used called What Color is Your Parachute.

Good luck Lisa.



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Hsin’s Answer

Hi Lisa,

That's a great thing to think about. It might help to break your final goal into smaller steps to evaluate as you go. For example, let's say you want to be CFO. What kind of things would you think are necessary to become CFO? A college degree? MBA? Experience managing people? Presentation/public speaking skills? Once you try to achieve some of these steps, you might evaluate whether the ultimate goal is still what really interests you, or if it opens up a different path. Maybe after trying some things and achieving success, you realize that you like one thing more than another and you want to be a CEO or start your own business rather than being CFO. If that's the case, it's okay to change paths.

Don't worry too much about the "right" path. There are many paths, and as long as you are learning things along the way and applying those lessons, they will help you in your career path.

-H


Thank you comment icon Agreed - even if what you want to do changes throughout life, your experiences and lessons learned along the way may still be helpful in surprising ways! Janie Gu
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