Goals are important for your carrier. You must see your goals clearly and especially before you can set out for them. One of the most necessary things you need to do for yourself is to choose a goal that is important to you. Hold them in your mind until they become second nature. Before you go to bed each night imagine yourself accomplishing your goal.
Do the same while you brush your teeth or take a shower in the morning. Goals are not dreamy, pie-in-the-sky ideals. They have everyday practical applications and they should be practical. The following goals should be:
- Realistic. Not that you can’t be president some day, but shooting for state envoy might be a wiser first step.
- Locked into your mind. Always stay focused on what you want, and what you don’t want.
- Exciting and meaningful to you. Otherwise, where will your motivation come from?
- Acted upon. There is no sense in having a goal if you aren’t going to go after it.
- Well-defined. You won’t know if you’ve reached them if you haven’t established exactly what they are.
We all have dreams of what we would like to be doing, what we would like to have, who we would like to be with. Think about your dreams. What goal would you go after if you knew you would not fail? If you had unlimited funds, If you had infinite wisdom and ability? How do you come across your goals?
Sometimes we get into career paths or relationships that are really not what we want and then we struggle to make them work. As a result, we become aggravated and puzzled. If you need to set goals for your career, find a job or career that is important to you additional than the bills that it pays. It is very important to your growth as a person that your work is more than a job to you; that you have a higher purpose for doing what you do.
A woman told me once that when she went in to work at a job that she reviled, it was like a refrigerator declining on her shoulders as soon as she stepped inside the door. She knew that she had gone as far as she would ever go in that job, and it weighed heavily on her. She was stuck in that job and it was stuck on her. They were paying her just enough to keep her from quitting and she was working just hard enough to keep from getting fired.
If you find yourself in that pattern, you must change your thinking and your behavior; otherwise you will continue to carry the weight of mediocrity on your shoulders.