4 Tips to Help You Set (and Achieve) More Realistic Professional Goals

Do you have a clear vision of where you see yourself professionally in a year? Have you ever thought about where you want to be in five or ten years?

Unless you’re perfectly happy and satisfied in your current position, you probably do have a desire to advance yourself in the organisation that you currently belong to. Perhaps you may have even entertained the thought of shifting into another career path entirely at least once or twice. If either of these statements rings true for you, then you need to learn how to set professional goals.

Some people tend to think that setting goals (professional or otherwise) is a waste of time. However, adopting this attitude about something as important as your future professional path can cost you terribly.

Surely, you’ve heard about how much easier to reach your destination when you know all the steps that will get you there. When you give yourself goals to achieve, you’re effectively setting yourself up with a road map that leads straight to long-term success and fulfilment. And there’s no better time to start putting that map together than the beginning of the year, with 12 brand-new months ahead of you. Here’s how you can make your goals more realistic and therefore easier to achieve:

Establish Your Purpose

Before setting any goals, you can lay a strong foundation out for them by imbuing the activity with a meaningful purpose. Doing something—anything—with intent can help galvanise the action, better solidifying it in your mind. That purpose can also serve as the fuel that will propel you towards taking the necessary steps to reach your goal.

Most people formulate goals by asking themselves what it is they want to achieve. In addition to that, consider your why. Why do you want to achieve these specific goals? Are you in it for a bigger paycheck, to diversify your experiences, or for personal growth? Whatever your reasons may be, they’re good to keep in mind as you begin to develop your objectives.

Visualise Your Goals Clearly

Experts agree that the more specific a goal is, the likelier it is for one to achieve it. It is easy to look over your career and decide that you want to do better. But how exactly do you define what’s better? Vague ambitions like these don’t propel you towards anything in particular. For both realistic and achievable goals, you’ll want to be as specific as possible. Hence, do your best to visualise them as clearly as you can in your mind.

Instead of simply aiming for a promotion, for example, include the exact position you want to occupy when you’re setting your goals. Looking to start your own business in the future? When you formulate goals for it, include the field of the business and how much you want to earn from it.

This all goes back to creating a road map of sorts for yourself—one that leads directly to success. Having clear goals in mind will make it easier to see the paths you need to take to attain them. Having a natal chart reading done can also offer you insights into gaining a better alignment your goals with your core nature.

Break Long-Term Goals Down into Short-Term Milestones

People often find themselves stumbling when the finish line seems too far away to reach. They may run out of motivation midway through or feel frustrated by how long it takes to get there.

This is something that can happen when you set a lot of big, long-term goals that all take some time to come to fruition. That said, the best way to keep your eye on the prize and stay driven is to work your way up to that big goal. Think of it like climbing Mount Everest, where you train for the task by tackling and conquering smaller mountains first. View the smaller challenges along the way as milestones and celebrate each one as you overcome them. That sense of achievement and satisfaction that you’ll feel after besting each trial should be enough to carry you through to the next one.

Give Your Goals a Time Frame

Finally, one of the easiest ways to ground your goals in reality is to give yourself a reasonable time frame in which to achieve them. A self-imposed deadline can be just the motivation you need when it comes to making the moves necessary to accomplish what you’ve set out to do. Not only will you work more efficiently towards your goal with an end-point in mind, but you’ll also be able to gauge your progress better.

Keeping your goals time-bound also helps add structure to the process of getting to them while also allowing you to plan your actions out. You can make use of time management apps or tools to help you keep track of the details and achieve your dreams faster.

These are just a few ways you can start setting more achievable goals for the year. By following these tips, you’ll be sure to make much better progress without losing motivation so quickly. The most important thing to remember is that nothing worth having comes easy, so don’t give up on your dreams!

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