Setting Career Goals: Goal Setting For Success

SECTION 4.1: Keeping It Real

In setting career goals or personal goals, it's important that your goals are realistic. Learn how using our free Goal Setting For Success tool for aspiring leaders. Discover how to set goals that are realistic and achievable.

"Crystalize your goals! Make a specific plan of action and set timelines.”

It's very important for your long-term success to set goals that are S.M.A.R.T. (specific, measurable, achievable, realistic with timelines)

"Attack your goals with supreme confidence, determination and a firm disregard for obstacles and other people's criticisms."

Too often we allow ourselves to be improperly influenced by other people, media outlets, or organizations within our community, to set a standard that is well beyond our capabilities.

This is not to say you shouldn't aspire to achieve great things. On the contrary, we must stretch ourselves in order to make steady progress in our lives. The key here is to stretch ourselves incrementally, in stages, to ensure that we give ourselves the time and the opportunity to learn and grow within a reasonable timeframe.

There is a balancing act associated with setting career goals and personal goals. The key is to never set our goals so low as to deceive ourselves into mistakenly believing that the smallest accomplishment is a great leap toward achievement. On the flipside, our goals should not be so grandiose that we set ourselves up to fail, only to quit upon proclaiming that "this goal setting stuff just doesn't work."

One must also realize from the start that no matter how great your intention, most people simply do not stick with something that they believe in their heart is unrealistic or unachievable.

To gauge whether or not your goals are realistic, measure them based on the idea that given your current ability, achieving the goal will require you to stretch, without having to take a supreme leap of faith.

If your goal is large in nature, ensure you take the time to break it down thoroughly into smaller, sequential, realistic tasks. Then, attack each task one by one, until the larger goal is eventually realized.

Success Lesson #9: The Miracle of Self Confidence

"If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours."
- Henry David Thoreau

Your achievement in setting career goals or personal goals will never rise higher that your self-faith. There is no law or secret by which you can gain success without expecting it, vigorously demanding it, and assuming it without apology.

There must always be a strong self-faith first.

A stream cannot rise higher than its source. A great success must have a great source such as: expectation, self-confidence, and a persistent will.

No matter how great one's ability or talent, how great their intellect, or how splendid the education, the achievement will never rise higher than their confidence.

"He can who thinks he can, and he can't who thinks he can't."

If we were to analyze the marvelous success of many self-made millionaires, we would surely find that when they started out in their career they held a confident, vigorous, persistent thought of and belief in their own ability to accomplish all that they had undertaken.

"If we choose to be no more than clods of clay," says Marie Corelli, "then we shall be used as clods of clay for braver feet to tread upon."

When setting career goals or personal goals, go about life with your back straight and your head up looking to take on the world, and indeed you shall do that very thing.

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