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How To Achieve Your Career Goals

Dec 2, 2007
Develop A Written Plan

Before anything else, you must decide on the career you want to pursue. Your priorities should be absolutely clear. It is important to understand that money is not the sole criteria that should influence your choices. Your choice of a career should be based on your passion for the work and your personality. Also, a realistic evaluation of your skills and abilities is essential. After you have decided on what you want to do, you need to develop a plan on how you are going to achieve your career goals. Ideally, this would encompass a written plan, listing the long term and short-term measures you need to take in order to achieve your goals. For information and guidance, try talking to someone who is successful in the career that you have chosen. Then chart out a career path for yourself.

Keep A Positive Attitude

Maintaining a positive attitude at all times is essential. Life is full of hurdles - and even though it may appear that you are the only person who has a number of problems, the fact remains that everyone faces similar or even worse ups and downs. These cannot be simply wished away and need to be faced head on. So even in the toughest of conditions, maintain your positive attitude. Nothing worth having is ever easy, and that includes a successful career.

Stay Focused

If you want to be successful in achieving your career goals, then you need to stay focused. After the initial stages of career planning, there is a tendency to lose focus midway. You must train yourself to concentrate on your goals and stay motivated at all times. Constantly review your career plans. Use the visualization technique. Place yourself mentally in a position where you have already achieved your objective(s) and try to savor the feeling. Imagine the responses of family and friends. This will boost your confidence level tremendously and lead to a drastic change for the better in your attitude towards life, consequently leading to success.

Be Tenacious

Do not let anything make you irresolute. Failure is the result of giving up. Be absolutely certain in your mind that letting go is an option that just does not exist. As discussed above, there is no easy way to success. You have to face hurdles and obstacles on your way to achieving your goals. Your aim should be to concentrate on the final outcome and keep going, irrespective of what happens in between.

Adopt A Step-By-Step Approach

When taken in all at once, your ultimate goal may be overwhelming and thus appear unattainable. By breaking down your goal into small manageable parts and placing them in order of priority, you will be able to concentrate on one small stage or step at a time, which will then be easy and manageable. After completing each stage, you can move on to the next one.

Adopting such an approach will definitely help you in achieving your career goals in an easy and manageable way.
About the Author
Tony Jacowski is a quality analyst for The MBA Journal. Aveta Solution's Six Sigma Online offers online six sigma training and certification classes for lean six sigma, black belts, green belts, and yellow belts.
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