The first step in setting personal goals is to consider what you want to achieve in your lifetime.
Setting lifetime goals gives you the overall perspective that shapes all other aspects of your decision making.
Be SMART in choosing your goal.
S – Specific (or Significant).
M – Measurable (or Meaningful).
A – Attainable (or Action-Oriented).
R – Relevant (or Rewarding).
T – Time-bound (or Trackable).
When you have several goals, give each a priority. This helps you to avoid feeling overwhelmed by having too many goals, and helps to direct your attention to the most important ones.
sumathi recommends the following next steps:
- What the KPIs are you measured against and how are you progressing in meeting them?
- What's a soft skill that you need to be better at, like being comfortable presenting, or relationship building?
- Envision where you see yourself in 5 years, and what are the positive and negatives that you should prep for along that way? Both will happen.
Every day is a learning experience, and be sure that you're continuing to do that and not become stagnant. Don't let the highs get to high, and don't let the lows get to low. Be patient with yourself, and others. Good luck!
1. Narrow down your career paths.
There are lot of career choices. Based upon your passion, you should choose your career. Then you will love your career. If you are passion about starting a business, you should research more in that area on different career paths ( like restaurant business, travel business, etc.)
2. Explore more on the subject you choose
For example, if your career choice is to start a business, you should gain more knowledge about it. There are 3 ways to get it.
a. Read more articles on how to start a business, pros and cons, what are the current trends, how pandemic changed business strategies.
b. Do internship ( if you want to start a motel business, do internship in a motel for 6 months, you will learn a lot while working there)
c. Attend business conferences and connect to the subject matter experts, start conversations and get their advices.
3. Setting career goals
For starting a business, first thing you need is capital money. So, you need to plan saving money. The sooner the better. Start saving from college days itself.
Finalize the location on where to start the business.
Find out if there are like minded people, who are willing to join you. I would strongly recommend to find out partners as it would be difficult to do it all yourself.
Commitment to your business. This is very much important because I see many businesses failing without a proper planning. They will run for couple of months and go out of business.
Even though if your business doesn't do well in the starting, keep on working and for sure you would succeed one day.
First you need to ask yourself what you want out of your career, for example what keeps you motivated (earn a lot of money or helping the community), what are you interested in, etc. Start making short term and long term goal lists based upon what you want to do within your career. Once you figure out what you want out of your career then you can decide the best course of action. Maybe take a couple of career aptitude tests like Meyers Briggs to help you narrow down your goals. Also figuring out what locations you want to be involved in and if learning a new language maybe something you need to learn or if your goal is to move to a certain region/city so figuring out what careers are in available in those cities and setting goals to learn about how to work in those careers.
Hello and thanks again for asking great questions on CareerVillage. I love Sumathi's reminder to set S.M.A.R.T. Goals, which is helpful no matter what you are hoping to accomplish.
I also find it helps to be consistent in my overall habits when it comes to working, setting and reaching my goals.
1. Be reliable. Show up to do the work, deliver on your commitments and even go above and beyond to deliver results in your work.
2. Be a strong collaborator. Contribute to your team and the company you represent. Pay attention and learn from others.
3. Grow your connections. Increase your network of individuals, mentors and advocates. Mentors can also help you reach goals.
4. Experience and Education. Be a life-long learner. Continue to look for new ways to increase your education and improve your skills.
5. Never stop learning and reach out to others for help and feedback.
For me, being consistent also helps me keep the discipline and drive that I need to attain my career goals.
I keep helpful lists or journals to write down and reflect on what I've accomplished and what I want to work on next. One of the best parts of journaling for me is looking back at a goal I've written down and knowing it was accomplished.
Best wishes in your future goals!
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