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Tips For Attaining Your Career Goals In 2017

 
Tips for attaining your career goals


If you’re an aspirational manager, you’ve probably made a list of career goals you want to achieve in 2017, such as getting a promotion, learning a new skill, or achieving a better work-life balance. However, according to StatisticBrain, while 45 percent of Americans make New Year’s resolutions, only eight percent of those people successfully achieve the goals they set themselves.

Clearly, those odds aren’t very encouraging. But if eight percent of resolution makers can succeed, so can you. Keep the following tips in mind to attain your career goals:

  • Make sure your goals resonate with you. While this might sound logical, it’s not. It happens all too often that we set objectives because they’ll please someone else or because it’s “the right thing to do.” For example, let’s say you hear repeatedly from colleagues and peers that you should be speaking at industry events. Even if you don’t enjoy public speaking and you know your passion lies in process efficiency, there’s always a chance you’ll assimilate the public speaking objective because it’s what everyone expects. But when a goal doesn’t resonate with you, it dramatically decreases your chances of success. That’s why you should ensure your objectives are truly aligned with what you want for your career. So if process efficiency is what interests you, an inspiring goal could be learning how to better apply data to improve and streamline efficiencies.
  • Don’t set too many goals at once. Setting goals can be empowering and exciting—but on the flipside of the coin, if you set too many of them, you can easily become overwhelmed and frustrated. In the worst-case scenario, you could even start to doubt yourself. Maximize your chances of success by selecting one or two objectives and consistently working towards achieving them. Remember: if you have time and energy to spare, you can always add another goal later.
  • Only set goals that are realistically attainable. Many of us overestimate the amount of time and energy we have—and underestimate the effort needed to accomplish our goals. One way to deal with this is by analyzing what actions you’ll need to take and creating a roadmap with mini-goals accordingly. Using the same example as above, you might want to earn a certification in applying data analytics, which would require a certain amount of studying each week. If you can realistically commit that time each week, then your goal is attainable. However, if you don’t have enough hours in the day, then you’re best advised to push back your completion date.
  • Create habits that support your goal. One of the biggest challenges most of us face when working towards our goals is making room for them in our lives. Sometimes it’s about finding the time to assimilate new information and learn new skills. Other times it’s about changing the way we do something. However, according to Ralph Ryback M.D. in his Psychology Today article “The Science of Accomplishing Your Goals,” our brains are wired for routine—and that means we subconsciously resist change. In other words, our own brains can effectively sabotage us! One way to overcome this is to change your habits. You can do this by adding a new behavior into your routine at the same time every day—for example, get up at 5am every morning so you can study for an hour. You can also change the context of your habits, so if you usually watch TV after dinner, you can instead spend an hour studying. You’ll need to repeat this behavior for two to three weeks before it becomes a habit.

Achieving your objectives requires a hefty dose of realism, careful planning, and the ability to learn new habits. But keep these tips in mind, and you’ll soon find yourself making progress towards your career goals!

Sources:

http://www.statisticbrain.com/new-years-resolution-statistics/

https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-truisms-wellness/201610/the-science-accomplishing-your-goals


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