How to Set and Achieve Business GoalsAug 03, 2022
It's important to have real, specific goals in your career.
These goals can be in regard to compensation, professional growth, moving up the Corporate ladder or simply involve an aspect of your career you’d like to reach ("Gaining Leadership Skills" for example). It can sometimes seem overwhelming to determine goals, and even more overwhelming to think of achieving them. Here are some tips on doing both of these, from a place of Alignment.
- Set the goals
How do you set professional goals, anyway? As you sit down to determine your goals, here are some things to keep in mind that may help.
- Compensation - How much money do you need? Have at least a range here - $3000 a month? $800 a week? $100,000 a year? Financial goals are very different for everyone. Just make sure you have a number that is realistic. And by that we mean doing your own research. How does someone with your skill set and similar education level and experience get compensated? You might want to check sites on the internet or go to your HR and company compensation analysts and try to get them to share what resources they use when preparing job offers, for example.
- Strategy - As you develop a strategy to reach your goals, you will have goals within that strategy. For example, if your goal is to get a promotion at your current organization, then your strategy may be to do an informational interview, even if it’s informally over lunch with a Colleague who holds that position so that you have an understanding of what that kind of work entails or what a day in the life of this profession looks like. Within this strategy, there are steps - you will need to think about which of your Colleagues you’d like to meet or talk to others who may know someone that does, time it takes to look determine your questions in advance, approach your Colleague from a place of curiosity...etc... Then you may also need to set up consider some action steps for after the meeting, to help you reach your goal. Even within these steps maybe more steps - connecting with a busy professional may require patience and a belief that they are willing to meet with you. Break everything down into small, specific steps and look at it on paper.
- Time - Be honest about how much time you have. So many times it's tempting to set goals we can't reach because we just don't have a grasp on how much (or how little) time we have. Also, hours on paper seldom work out exactly right in real life - you need some breaks (no one is a machine) and be ready to be flexible, and life happens. For example, if you have to be in meetings or at work all week, consider doing this after business hours or over the weekend. Remember, this is an investment in your future so be ready to do what’s needed to accommodate.
- Achieve the goals
If you have been honest in the above steps, achieving your goals will be much easier and likely. Still, you can be as detailed and careful as you want on strategy lists and such, and still have trouble reaching your goals. So it may help to keep the following in mind.
- Keep track - Keeping a record of your professional ventures, connections, and overall progress toward your goals can help you get a handle on how well you're doing. This can also help you see areas in which you need to improve, and areas where you grow or expand.
- Accountability - Some sources suggest an accountability partner, goal buddy, or whatever you want to call someone who holds you accountable for reaching your goals. For some people, this is incredibly helpful.
- Research - It is important to have access to information and statistics. What source will you get the details you need from? What resources can you make available to you? How will you carry yourself so that you can evoke the level engagement you are looking for? This is an important component to any business goal.
Alignment encompasses everything we do. When our values, choices, actions and decisions match and feel right to us, we are more likely to approach any goal with a belief that it will result in a likely outcome. This impacts the way in which we deal with things, including setbacks. When we come across like we are showing up for ourselves, others tend to want to help us along the way. When we do not, we attract opposite circumstances.
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