5 Reasons to Plan Your Career Goals This Year

Career Goals 2“If you want to live a happy life, tie it to a goal, not to people or things.”

Albert Einstein

The New Year is a time to pause, reflect and plan for the coming year.  Call it New Year’s resolutions or goals.  It doesn’t matter what you call it so long as you are doing something to help yourself move forward.

As a long-time goal setter, I hear, like everyone else, those naysayer’s who poo-poo goals or resolutions.  Don’t let that be you; but in case you are tottering on the edge of ignoring goal setting this year, let me offer up some good reasons to do it right now:

  1. You will go nowhere or head to an undesirable place if you don’t know where you’re going.  There are countless sayings about a ship with no rudder, a trip with no map and that sort of thing.  It’s also true for your career.  If you haven’t thought through the direction you want to take, you will most likely be one of millions who hate their job.  You will simply drift from one thing you dislike to another until one day when you wake up to what you have (or haven’t) done, you realize you wasted a lot of your time.
  2. Your daily actions will have greater meaning if you know their purpose.  Let me put this another way:  Other than drawing a paycheck, do you know why you are doing what you’re doing?  When you are doing something that is part of a bigger plan, it gives purpose and meaning to each thing you do.
  3. You will create your own motivation and excitement when you see yourself making strides towards a bigger goal.   Some people think the motivation to do something simply falls out of the sky.  It doesn’t work that way.  You can create your own motivation when you have a vision of your own “big picture”.  That can help drive and sustain you even on the worst days.
  4. People who are clear about where they are headed are happier and are more successful.  Do you think the US president is a happy person with his career choices?  Do you think he got there by accident?  You can say the same of all happily successful people.  They set a goal that excited them and they’re happier than a dirty pig to have achieved it when they did.
  5. Goals help focus your attention on an end result.   When you have a goal, you know what to focus your time and attention on.  It helps you prioritize things and make better decisions.  You know where you’re headed, why you’re headed there and what you have to do to get there.  Nothing better than razor sharp focus to make you feel empowered.

I hope any or all of these 5 reasons for planning your career help you move forward in figuring out your goals.  You’ll be glad that you did and even happier when you can start checking off those things you accomplished.

For more career tips and advice – FREE newsletter and eworkbook: http://CareerMakeoverToolKitShouldIstayorShouldIGo.com/  From Dorothy Tannahill-Moran – Your Career Change Agent from www.nextchapternewlife.com and www.mbahighway.com

Dorothy Tannahill-Moran is a certified life and career coach. She works with aspiring professionals who are looking for career growth, advancement and entry into the “C” suite. As well, she works with people to overcome the sometimes daunting task of changing careers. With over 21 years in management, Dorothy has coached, trained and guided other professionals who have gone on to impressive and fulfilling careers. Her personal philosophy about careers is: “It’s not JUST a job; it’s half your life – so love your career”. You can check out her resources, blog and services at Next Chapter New Life and MBA Highway.

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