Hello SOTGC community,
In the last two posts we talked about:
This week we are talking about setting goals. When setting goals for your career, always keep in mind the big picture: what is my 5, 10, or 15 year plan? Once you identify where you want to go, you must set your goals accordingly. Now this big picture plan doesn’t have to be a specific title or even with a specific company, but it needs to be a clear picture of what future success looks like to you.
When writing out this big picture vision, keep in mind your competence factors. Both the ones you currently have, and then ones you’ll need to acquire to achieve this 5, 10, or 15 year vision. When I set goals, I like to start at the end and then move backwards. Now along the road it is not only OK, but completely normal for these goals to shift or to be put on hold as life events like marriage, birth or a passing of a loved one happens. However, you should ALWAYS have some clear goal in mind as you define, and re-define future success.
What works for me is to make quarterly and 6-month goals. This is because as events arise and opportunities present themselves, I need to be able to adjust and expand on my short-term goals to keep me on the path of the overall vision. The best way to set goals is to look at what competence factors you currently DO NOT have, and create goals that, upon achieving them, you will have broadened your skill sets and experiences and you can move on to the next set of goals.
Anyone remember the video game Mario Brothers by Nintendo…or did I just date myself and send most of you running over to Google this ancient video game? At each level Mario encountered, he had to go through obstacles and tests to move on to the next. After beating each level, he gained a new piece of information or resources that would ALL be pulled together at the final level to overcome the last obstacle.
View your goals in the same manner. Each set of short term goals is a “level” in Mario Brothers and as you expand and build on your competence factors, you’ll look up one day and realize you have achieved your vision and can move on to the next chapter of success, as defined by you.