The importance of setting Career Goals

boy-shooting-a-goal.jpgPeople tend to shrug their shoulders when you tell them about setting career goals but little do they know that setting these goals, be it long term or short term, professional or personal can give one the necessary motivation to achieve these goal.  Psychologists and neurologists, say that our brains treat failure to achieve our goals the same way it treats the loss of a valued possession, up until that goal is archived. So setting up your goal will drive you to work towards accomplishing it. 

A Harvard Business study discovered noteworthy statistics relating to goal setting and success. It indicated that: 

•    83% of the population does not have goals
•    14% have a plan in mind, but are unwritten goals
•    3% have goals written down

The study found that the 14% who have goals are 10 times more successful than those without goals. The 3% with written goals are 3 times more successful than the 14% with unwritten goals. 

Ten years later, they interviewed the members of the class once again. 
•    The 14% of the class who had goals were earning, on average, twice as much as the 83% who had no goals at all
•    More shocking, the 3% with clear, written goals were making ten times as much as the other 97% put together!

Assuming that we all set goals, here's the key to setting clear achievable career goals. 

Write it down 
Writing a goal down forces you to be clear and specific about what you want. A study found that, you are 42% more likely to achieve your goals just by writing it down. Written goals are easy to measure and pushes you to openly define what your goals are, they become concrete and real. With the busy lives we lead it can be difficult to remember everything so writing it down will actually come in handy. 

Plan of action 
Turning a theoretical goal into reality requires an action plan. An action plan allows you to break each goal down into sub-goals which you can then put into a timeframe. The timeframe then allows you to measure your progress to the bone this will also help you define the resources, time and money you'll need to invest in order to achieve your goal. So break down your plan into steps and attach a realistic deadline to each step. 

Measuring progress 
Setting goals enables you to measure their progress, and to determine the level of success. The idea that you know you are making good progress will give you the drive needed to see the goal through. Being able to measure progress encourages you to stick with your goal. And if you are making good progress, your confidence is bound to grow along with your motivation. 

Research has proven than 50% of people who actually write down their goals are more likely to achieve them than those who don't and further states that goals 'held' in the mind are more likely to be mixed-up with the other 1500 thoughts per minute that the average human being experiences, making writing goals even more vital!
Without goals, you subject yourself to default set of actions that keep you feeling safe and comfortable every day but this default stands in the way of your growth goal setting is critical.  So go ahead, set your career goals now! Take some time out and see how meaningful they can be.

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