Success at work comes about by continual growth. Taking responsibility for your own professional development and consistently challenging yourself is key to achieving your goals at work. You just need to focus on the ‘how’, not the ‘what’.
Big goals, small steps
‘Realistic’ and ‘achievable’ are the words that you need to remember. All the greatest achievements start with small steps. Celebrate each step that you take towards your goals. This consistent recognition of your own successes, no matter how small, will make your goal feel more achievable and less like a leap into the unknown. Write down your goals, and your successes along the way. This serves as a reminder of how far you’ve come, and helps to spur you on at those times when you feel like you’re not getting anywhere.
Make it stick
To make any change stick, you need to want to do it. Consider what it is that you really want to do, then stick to achieving it. If you set yourself a goal because you think you should do it, you’re setting yourself up for failure. If you choose to make a change that you really want, you will naturally be more committed to achieving it and more likely to be successful. Ensuring that your goals fit with your values and long term plans makes you much more likely to see it through rather than stumbling at the first hurdle and giving up.
Stay on track
Keep going by reviewing your smaller goals each day. If you have a number of goals, put them in order of priority. This helps you to manage your own expectations, avoids overwhelm, and helps you to focus on the most important ones. Review your long-term plans periodically, and don’t be afraid to tweak them to fit in with your own changing priorities.
Stand by me
Use the motivation of your goal to connect with a new support network of people to motivate each other to keep going when commitment falters. Tell people about it – the external motivation provided by this mutual support network can feed your desire to succeed and make that success more likely to happen. You never know – one of these connections could even be the key to new opportunities.
Visualisation is a powerful tool in realising your goals. Our thoughts become our reality, so if you can see it, you can be it. Seeing yourself in the situation you want to be in can boost your belief in your ability to get there and strengthen your resolve.
What are you waiting for?