If you read my series on interviewing you may already be thinking about the questions that employers may ask you. One question is almost universally posed, albeit in different forms: 
Where do you see yourself in 5, 10, or 20 years?
What are your goals?
What are your career goals?
Where do you see yourself in our company in 10 years? etc.
Not everyone has identifiable, attainable, and/or realistic goals. Certainly many folks just never get around to writing them down.  But, this is imperative to have clear goals AND to write them down AND have time frames for achieving them if you want to be successful.  
First, define success - what does this mean to you? It may be:
  • Making a certain amount of money
  • Having a certain level of freedom
  • Being able to help others
  • Going home without career worries or concerns
  • Feeling like you did your best job
  • Working at home
  • Working in a high rise with a corner office

The definition of success is as unique as you are. Think of your success definition as a destination.  Typically we don't get in the car and drive around (unless that is the goal). Usually we have a destination toward which we are driving.  How will we get there? The answer to this question is our goals. Writing them down maps us to our definition of success. Planning enough time will allow you to get to your destination with a minimum of stress.
         Success = Destination
         Goals = Route
         Written Goals = Map
         Time Frames = Travel Time
If you are just walking around the corner your route will not be too complicated and you may not need a map.  But, if you hope to go a bit further, you will have some route changes that may be difficult to keep track of unless you have them written down.  You will also want to plan your travel time so that you know you are on the right route! 
Today's Monday Mission is to set your definition of success - What does it mean to you?  Write that down.... Next we will work on your long term goals! 

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