One of the biggest challenges I have in working with clients is to help them understand:
  1. The necessity of having a goal
  2. How to set a long-term goal
  3. Why time frames are so crucial
  4. How short-term goals work
  5. The importance of re-evaluating goals periodically
Often, unemployed job seekers set a long term goal of to "get a job." If you are employed and looking for work you may think your goal is to "find another job" or to "get a better job." A more definitive goal with clear cut time frames will ensure you know when you reach your goal. 

You may even be afraid to verbalize your goal or put it in writing. But this is absolutely imperative!  You should also keep you long term goal where you can see it frequently - at your desk or computer or in your car if you drive a lot.  Spend a lot of time on the phone?  Put a note for yourself under the handset.  You should use your written long term goal as a talisman or charm.  Write it and it will come!

But what should your long term goal be?  That may be the hardest part to sort out. Most likely you have some idea of the industry or field in which you would like to work, but may not have thought much beyond that. Start by taking some time to visualize what your ideal work day would be.  Consider:

  1. Environment - large or small office, work at home, work in the field, a combination
  2. Responsibility - do you want to supervise, manage, be a worker free of supervision or have close supervision
  3. Interaction - would you prefer to work with data, people, things or a combination, as part of a group or alone
  4. Pay  - salaried, hourly, bonuses or not, benefits or not that important, commission only, retirement
  5. Dress - formal, informal, uniform, edgy, sporty
  6. Location - city, suburbs, abroad, would you relocate or not
  7. Title - give your dream job a title and a tag line

Once you have envisioned your dream job and have fleshed out your ideal day decide upon a time frame to reach your goal.  Don't torture yourself with this too long - pick a number of years you think it might take and assign a date (you can adjust it in the future if need be!).  Determine the steps you need to take to get to your end goal and work back from your end goal so that you assign time frames to the short term goals as well.

Your short term goals can be adjusted as well, but it is important to have time frames to keep yourself moving forward and to be able to recognize and celebrate your successes as you move toward your hard-won long term goal!

What will make you successful?  Comment below or email me to let me know! 

Feb 05, 2013
This is an excellent time to consult someone you trust or an expert whom you can consult. As an aside, I think of this Chinese man I heard about who spent ten years of his life with the goal of using playing cards cards to slice ...
Feb 06, 2013
People often put off setting goals and assigning time frames because of some unknown factor or possibility. You can change your goals any time - it is easier to do if you know where you ARE and where you are GOING!
Dec 21, 2012
Often, unemployed job seekers set a long term goal of to "get a job." If you are employed and looking for work you may think your goal is to "find another job" or to "get a better job." A more definitive goal with clear cut time ...
Feb 04, 2013
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 ...