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How To Achieve Your Career Goals

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If you have high hopes for your career but, in the busy day-to-day of your job, find you’re not always taking the necessary steps to get to where you want to be, then ensure you find a moment of time to focus on the task. But how do you go about putting a plan in place to ensure it happens? SL contributor Nina Bertok has come up with three easy steps to help you on your way.

Step One

Whether you’re working towards a promotion or some big management role, it’s important to have a clear goal in mind. Having this clarity will make it much easier to map out a plan of action, so ask yourself these questions:
1. What is the specific role you want?
Get a clear image of the job you're after and try to imagine yourself actually doing it.
2. What would your ideal career look like?
Is it in your current field or do you want to make the switch to a completely new industry? Try to gauge how close or far you currently are from your end goal.
3. What about the salary?
There’s nothing wrong with being motivated by money, so don’t be afraid to set ambitious goals – just keep in mind that making money doesn’t happen overnight.
4. What is your ideal setting?
Would you like to work in a large office with lots of people, or do you prefer a small, tight-knit group? Is your ideal office environment busy, laidback or quiet? Perhaps you want to work from home or travel a lot? Think about all these factors and decide on your preferences.
5. Where do you see yourself in five, ten and 15 years?
Imagine yourself in the future at three different points, what have you accomplished, what does it look like and, most importantly, how does it feel? This is key to manifesting your plan, as goal-setting expert Tony Robbins points out, 80% of achieving a goal is psychology and 20% is mechanics.


Step Two

Determine which steps you will need to take to reach your desired goal. For example, if you want to switch careers, it’s worth enrolling in courses and starting to research others who have done the same.
1. Who has already achieved your goal?
By identifying someone who has already done what you’re setting out to achieve, you can follow their career path and look to them for inspiration. Just do a little research or maybe even reach out to them – why reinvent the wheel entirely when you can simply tweak it to suit your own career plans?
2. How does your ambition fit with your lifestyle? 
Consider all your current commitments and look at how much free time you have to dedicate to your goal. If you work full time, then early mornings, evenings and weekends will be the time to pursue your dream career. Likewise, if you have children, it’s unrealistic to strive for a jet-setting, globe-trotting career. Envisioning the complete picture means you can mould your career path to suit your needs without having to give up on the entire dream altogether.
3. Do you have the qualifications & abilities required?
Are your skills up to date? Are you on top of the latest industry news in your chosen field? If you need a refresh or are looking to retrain, book onto an online or in-person course.


Step Three

Create your strategy; use your research and the answers to the previous questions to formulate an actionable plan.
1. Make a statement of intent
Write down what you want to do and the timeframe you are giving yourself, memorise your intent and go over it whenever you have the time. Some people find it helpful to change passwords or other things they use in their daily lives as a reminder of their goal.
2. Allow for flexibility & tweaking
You never know what life may throw at you, so stay committed to your goal but remain flexible about the path you may take to get there.
3. Set milestones & reward yourself each time you reach them
Setting key dates by which you aim to achieve small steps towards your goal is a highly effective way of tracking your progress and serves as evidence that you’re getting there. Just as important is celebrating and rewarding yourself each time you hit a target, to ensure you stay motivated.


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