Let’s talk Goals! One of my favorites quotes is failing to plan is
planning to fail. I have found that to be true in most facets of my life. That is
more certainly true in my professional career. I have to have goals in order to
know what I am working towards.
Goals, both personal and professional, are moving targets. We have
to constantly be open to adjusting them based on what’s going on in our life. For
example I knew that when I became a recruiter my ultimate goal was to move into
management in my company. However, along the way I had an opportunity to take a
sales role in my company. So what did I do? I readjusted my goal!
Now I am senior recruiter who does the sales side, or full cycle
recruiting, and I am a Training Manager. I never lost sight of my original
goal, but I adjusted to make room for a new goal. Which also means I needed to
master time management!
Goals are an ambiguous term. They can be very broad or specific.When making your professional goals though it’s best to you the SMART technique.SMART is a concept often attributed to Peter Drucker. Peter was from Austria but eventually move to the UnitedStates in the mid 1900’s. His philosophy and cutting-edge thinking continues tohave great influence in modern Business. Since then SMART has been implemented worldwide in the Business realmwhen writing professional goals.
Ourgoals should be specific in relation to what we would like to achieve professionally.
If ourgoals are specific enough, we should be able to measure how we are doing.Rather that’s in terms of capital brought in or how far we’ve advanced in acompany by a certain date. It’s vital we set a measurable component to ourgoals.
Our goals should be something we can actuallyachieve. It is great to want to be a nuclear scientist. However, is that reallyan achievable goal for you based on your skill sets, desires, and personalgoals?
Goals should be realistic. This meansgoals should be plausible. They should be something that is set in reality andsomething we can obtain in reality. For example we shouldn’t dream ofteleporting through space since that’s not a realistic goal.
T: TIME BOUND
Goals should be time oriented and havea date to hold you accountable in order to achieve each goal.
I suggest before using the SMART tactic you have a brainstormingsession. Brainstorming is an important part of setting tangible goals.