Don't just spin your wheels -- take positive steps to move your career forward by setting and achieving career goals.
- Step 1: Treat yourself to something special every time you achieve a goal. Take a break, acknowledge your success, and give yourself a reward. Just be careful not to get lazy and lose sight of the next thing.
- TIP: Go out with friends or treat yourself to a massage when you achieve a goal.
- Step 2: Consider the consequences. If you lose motivation, think about where you are and how much happier you'd be if your goals were achieved. Then consider the positive consequences of staying on track and climbing the ladder. Keep plugging away until you make it to the top.
- FACT: _U.S. News_ reported that the fastest-growing occupation for 2008 to 2018 was a career in the biomedical engineering field, with a projected 72 percent growth rate.
- Step 3: Tell your friends and family about your goals and your plans to achieve them. Develop a support network to help keep yourself on track, and make sure they'll call you out when you make moves that are counterproductive.
- Step 4: Maintain a sharp focus on your goals. Work your plan daily to stay motivated and don't get sidetracked if not everything goes according to plan. Small setbacks are bound to happen.
- TIP: Take the SMART approach -- make your goals Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound.
- Step 5: Write your goals on a piece of paper. Put the paper someplace where you will have to see it every day and ask yourself what concrete steps you can take toward achieving your goals.
- Step 6: Make a to-do list and revise it weekly. Too often, we get mired in daily responsibilities and lose sight of the long term. If you revisit your goals on a weekly basis, you'll constantly remind yourself of the big picture.
- Step 7: Identify specific goals you plan to achieve. Break broad, vague goals down into small, manageable pieces that you can take direct action toward achieving.