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Ten Steps for Setting Goals Your First Year on the Job
How do you know if you've reached your destination if you don't know where you're headed? Setting goals – personal and professional – are an important part of what we do as adults in order to ensure we are on the right path.
By the time you graduate college and accept your first full-time job offer, you may be thinking more about what you want to achieve in your career than in your personal life. However, goal setting should involve all aspects of your life. After all everything you do is intertwined and that includes your goals.
Personal goal setting might include things such as your home and leisure activities as well as your physical, mental and spiritual well being. That means if your dream is to travel, you may want to plan specific locales to visit and how you will finance your vacations. And that just may mean working hard, saving your money and using your accrued paid vacation time provided by your employer.
When most people think of goals, they think of those defined by career aspirations. Things like promotional, educational, and training opportunities. The problem is that most people don't write them down; don't carefully plan out how to achieve these goals.
It's great to want to further your education, ""Someday I'll get my MBA."" And it's wonderful to dream about owning your own business, ""One day I'll work for myself."" However, it's quite another to actually put these desires into motion. Without a plan, you're just whistling in the dark.
If you feel like you are ready to develop your personal and professional goals, here are ten steps to help you do just that.
You may have already heard of the term SMART goal. But if you haven't, here is a great tool for helping you write achievable goals.
Now that you know what it takes to establish goals, do you have what it takes to reach yours?
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