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How to set the right career goals...


I am one of those people who firmly believe that if you want to do something badly enough and are willing to put in the work, then you can do whatever you want to do in life. If you are reading this article then you may be thinking, well I’ve set my career goals and am just utterly fed up that I am not reaching them. Here’s my advice to start nailing it:


· Do you have a very clear vision of your end goal? Do you know exactly what it will feel like, look like or sound like when you reach that point? Without having a very clear picture of what you are striving for, how can ever possibly know when you have got there?


· You have knowingly set yourself unrealistic timeframes. There is lots to talk about on this point – why have you tried to sabotage yourself? You need to be kind, ambitious and realistic about when you are going to be able to put the work in. Spend some time looking into your diary, schedule some time and then think about what you will do if something unexpected crops up.


· The goals you have set rely too much on someone else. Unless you have magical powers, you can’t control what someone else will do. There will always be things outside of your control – for example, you desperately want a promotion as you love the company but your line manager isn’t going anywhere. You can’t influence him or her but you can start looking around for a company with similar values.


· You don’t believe you can do it. Belief in yourself is the first step to nailing your career goals. If you don’t believe you can do it then how on earth are you going to convince someone else. Try the Fake it Till you Make it approach. Think of someone who would nail that career move and start behaving as they would.


· Lastly, are you really motivated by these career goals. If you can clearly articulate why you want what you want then happy days – go for it. If you can’t, I would question whether they are the right career goals in the first place.


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