As one year comes to an end, and another gets ready to begin, for many, it is a time of reflection. What have you done? What went well? Bad? What do you still want to do? And while those are just a few of the more common questions people ask themselves around the new year, one we’d encourage all of you to focus a little more on is your career.
If you are looking to advance in your career, it’s imperative that you set some goals for yourself to help get you where you want to be. However, goal setting is a skill; and much like any other skill, it is one that requires a little practice and a little insight to do well. That is why today, we are going to take you through how to be SMART when it comes to your career goals in 2020 and beyond.
S – Specific
Ambiguity is the great killer of dreams and goals, mainly because it is impossible to achieve what you want if you don’t know what it is you want. So when you think of a goal or something you’d like to strive for, we’d suggest writing it down. This will not only help you to remember what it is your trying to achieve but can help realign and focus your efforts if and when you get diverted from your goal.
M – Measurable
A goal is only of value if it is attainable; however, how do you know if you’ve attained it if it is measurable? When you can ask and answer such questions as how much, how far, and what’s left in relation to your goal, it’ll help make clear what your next steps are and determine if you are productive and successful in working towards your goal.
A – Attainable
If your goal is to be the president of the company by the end of next year, but your current position is forklift operator, we’d suggest taking a moment to reevaluate. Remember, goals should act as inspiration, and if your goal is more fiction than fact, meaning that it is unlikely to occur, it can do more harm than good.
R – Relevant
Goals should always be relevant in their context. If your goal is to be the greatest manager in the company, but you aren’t, in fact, a manager, then we’d suggest changing your goal. Also, goals need to fall in the realm of possibility, so if they aren’t realistic, you may have to reassess.
T – Timely
Goals should always be grounded with a particular set time frame. This will allow you not only to check and keep track of the progress of your goal but will also help you in the overall planning of it. Ask yourself when you think you can complete or achieve it and try and hold yourself to that. Keeping yourself accountable can be a potent motivator.
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