If you accomplished something or anything this week, you just completed or achieved a goal successfully. What have you achieved this week? Was it good grades, something at work, acquisition of skills, experience, weight loss, graduating from college, finding a job, quit smoking or just achieving your personal best? Perhaps it was something else that you felt was important in your life!
Accomplishments come from goals. Do you need goals to accomplish something? No! There are opportunities to add to your accomplishments in your career. You boss gives you assignments, sales goals, objectives or you are just working together on a project. Everything in your career needs completion or your employer will find someone else to complete your work for you. If you do it well or successfully, you have accomplished something.
Big Goals or Wrong Decisions?
If you take a real interest in your career and set your own goals and accomplish them successfully, you may just get promoted or receive a generous raise. Is that enough of a reason to set goals at work? It should be because your career is your primary source of wealth. Is your career important to you or is it just a job to support your life? If it is just a job, you should make changes to have a career. I am not suggesting just quitting your job or starting a business, instead developing a plan for success.
So many unhappy people decide they are entrepreneurs without determining if they have the skills. Rather than finding opportunities at another company they strike out on their own and fail! They invest money and fail miserably. Lack of skills, undercapitalization (insufficient funds) or wrong product or service is just a few reasons for businesses fail! There is no reason for incompetence, however many future entrepreneurs go into business for the wrong reasons.
Careers, Marriage and other big Decisions
Why do we spend so little time thinking about some of our biggest decisions? Decisions like career, marriage, children or moving is given short shrift! I often talk to my high school students about their career, but they often spend more time thinking about what clothes or sneaker s they will buy than about their career. They want to know what career pays the most or is the most fun, but they don’t even research what skills you need to perform the career.
They tell me they want to be teachers because they like children or they see all the time off. Some of the worst reasons to pick a career! Liking children is similar to liking the food at a particular restaurant as a good reason to be a chef. I am not saying it is unnecessary, but you need skills to be a good teacher as well as a chef. Knowledge of content in teaching is important, but you need to control the class before you can teach them anything.
Do you have the Entrepreneurial Skills?
Entrepreneurs need skills beyond product or service too. You may need other people to start a company. Who are they? Do you have them identified? Can you work with them and do they have the same goals as you do? Do you have the funds or will you need financing? There is a lot to this decision and you need to spend the time to figure it out. Major decisions such as marriage, career, children and moving are big decisions! You probably dated your spouse for some length of time before you decided to marry. 50% of marriages fail!
Goals and Plans
What are your goals? Did you develop a plan to accomplish your goals? Are you monitoring your progress? If you answered “no” to these questions you should reflect on your decisions. You cannot accomplish something until you make it a priority by making it your goal. Making it a goal is not enough without a plan to accomplish it. A plan is just a plan until you monitor your progress. If you are not making progress, you may have to make changes. What have you accomplished this week?
Setting goals reminds me of budgets. Many people go through the process of putting together a budget and wonder why they are not doing better. Just putting together a budget is not enough! You have to act on it and make the necessary changes for success. Goals are the same whether it is financial or something else. You career is just as important and the best way to help you reach your financial goals. You have to act on your career goals and they change over time.
You have to monitor your progress and make changes because your career is dynamic and continually changes. Just setting a goal of being a manager is not enough! You need to acquire the skills to do the job and ready for the opportunity when it occurs. You have to prove yourself with your management which is generally accomplishing more of the goals you set out to do. Are you happy with your career? If not, you may want to assess where you are and act on it. What have you accomplished this week?
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