Change your career goals in ten steps

Each year many of us attempt to take on new personal challenges such as improving our health or kicking a bad habit, but have you thought about setting new career goals? After all, we spend most of our lives making a living, so shouldn’t our work be one of the most fulfilling things we do?

Our work environments and personal lives are forever changing, so it’s important to reassess our goals and set new ones that we can constantly measure.

Here’s our 10-step guide to realising those career goals.

Step 1. Self-Assessment

Setting any kind of goal starts with self-reflection, so take some time to think about the past year and what you’ve achieved. Self-Assessment can also be done through conversation with someone you respect or a qualified career coach.

Step 2. Dream big

Having the vision to launch from will allow you to achieve greater things. It’s ok to be ambitious. Don’t allow you to be your own worst enemy by talking yourself out of your goals. Imagine what you can achieve!

Step 3. Know your values

To set lasting career goals, you need to know what’s important to you in life. When you align your goals with your values, you’ll be more likely to achieve them because of the enjoyment and meaning attached to them.

Step 4. Understand the motivation

Identify your motivation by asking yourself, “why is it important to achieve this goal?” and “why now?”

Step 5. Express it

The more you talk about your goals or intended actions, the more “real” they’ll become, and the more committed you’ll feel towards them. Write them down, tell people about your plans, and set yourself regular calendar reminders to keep you inspired and on track.

Step 6. Break it down

So it doesn’t become overwhelming, have a big picture and a small picture.” Break the goal down into bite-sized portions to nut out what is actually required for each part.

Step 7. Define your actions

Now it’s time to consider what steps you’ll take to start the process. Writing out a plan or to-do list will spur you even closer to achieving your goals. Some examples include enquiring about a course online or reviewing where you can save money so you can buy new software.

Step 8. Create a risk plan

Think about any obstacles that can get in the way of you achieving your goals, and how you can best set yourself up for success.

Step 9. Set a time frame

Make your action plan even more tangible by setting a timeframe. Most people work productively when they’re striving towards a deadline, so consider how long each action will take to achieve and set a date next to them.

Step 10. Assess and reward

When you achieve an action or goal, reward yourself – it’ll act as a motivator. Rewards must occur as soon as possible after achieving a goal.

Like with most things in life, preparation is key to achieving your career goals. With the right considerations, research and planning, there’s every reason your big dreams can become your reality.

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