When thinking about your professional goals, start by turning the lens inward and think of where you envision yourself in the next three months, six months and twelve months.
Go ahead and dream big!
Once you have that picture in your mind, take it one step further by creating and implementing a plan of how you are going to get there- let’s put it into action by doing these three things:
- Choose one goal that you would like to achieve. Having a laundry list of goals that you would like to accomplish is a great way to get your ideas on paper—and when choosing a goal, be sure to select and work on one at a time—this way you will be able to maintain focus and stay on track for meeting your goal.
- Make sure that it is unique to you- this is where professional self, meets your personal self. Your goal should be reflective of your plans and intentions for moving forward. Try not to measure or define success against other people- this is about you!
- S.M.A.R.T. goals are a good go-to and widely used template for outlining and implementing a goal. This is a good start to thinking critically about how your goal is: Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-bound
- Specific: Select one area that you would like to improve on. Narrowing it down to only one will stop you from overextending yourself, and provide assurance that the goal is met.
- Measurable: What are the mile markers that you will have in place to measure your success?
- Attainable: Be honest with yourself – is this a reasonable goal? Is it this goal really within reach?
- Relevant: Does this goal make sense, is it relevant? Is this a goal left over from years past, or is this something that applies to something you wish to achieve today?
- Time-bound: Give yourself a reasonable timeframe to accomplish the goal, and committed to meeting the set deadline – otherwise, this goal could be forgotten, only to be remembered next year this time.
By following the S.M.A.R.T. Goal template, your goals will be brought to life! And you are going to start to see that the old adage, you get out of it, what you put into it- holds true here.
A quick wrap up; Your goal is about you, work with one goal at a time, and do the work when creating and implementing your goal- you will give yourself a great advantage!