I think it is fair to say that the majority of us strive to produce quality outcomes in our work. Focus is a crucial key to ensure you do end up with a quality outcome. Setting a Career Goal is a great way to help you focus.
Have you ever taken the time to ask yourself, what is my current career goal?
If you have, then kudos to you, I don’t need to sell you on the idea of improving your own worth and creating focus to help you meet all of your personal objectives to really succeed in the workplace. But if you haven’t set a Career Goal, then now might be a good time to start thinking about one.
Don’t worry, you are not committing to this goal forever. Goals are a living entity and can evolve with you; you can adjust it at any time or even completely change it down the track. The key is to define what it is at this moment you are hoping to achieve in your own career. Don’t let your current situation define your goal. Imagine you just rubbed the genie bottle and you can remove any obstacle from your path so you are not confined by existing restrictions when you are setting your goal.
If you want to succeed in any job you will need to be able to focus on the thing you are doing right now. Goals are a great tool to help you focus and reduce distractions and white noise.
Once we have set a Career Goal, then we can start to define the objectives we need to achieve to help us get to our Career Goal. The next thing to consider is “can I achieve them if I continue on the path I am presently taking? Or do I have to start the planning process to make a change”. This will take a fair amount of honesty, some analytical evaluation of our current situation and some foresight into the future situation.
Thoughts such as like “The grass is always greener on the other side” which may pop into our heads are quite a distraction and will reduce focus. On the other hand that thought may actually be right. Let’s make a decision based on our career goal and evaluation of our current situation to either be content in our current job and start working towards our objectives or that we really are not content and we can’t meet our objectives if we stay and we need to start implementing our change plan (next blog).
Perhaps you can reach your career goal in your current job. Maybe you just need to re-establish yourself and make sure that you are creating opportunities to succeed by working towards your objectives. Then you can nip that grass is greener idea in the butt so it doesn’t reduce your focus and hold you back.
I like to write my goals and objectives down so that in some way I am making a commitment to work towards them and they are not just a nice idea to start working on someday. It is a small form of accountability. Then I journal my progress and make notes about the objectives I was working towards yesterday. And what can I do today to continue that work?
Good luck with your goal setting. Here is some sage advice from one of the people I would invite to dinner if I could invite anyone, the great Bruce Lee. He once said “A goal is not always meant to be reached. It often serves simply as something to aim at”.