People often set very high goals for themselves and this is the reason they often fail to achieve them. While a person’s career path is one of the most structured graphs one can have in his life, it depends on how we plan things to make a smooth transition from one job responsibility to another.
In other words, a person needs to have a good goal to be able to achieve it. A good goal is the one that has five distinct features. They need to be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and timely. These features make a goal a SMART goal.
Specific − Your goal must be clearly definable, and explained.
Measurable − Your goal can be expressed in empirical terms, as in days, hours, money invested, etc.
Achievable − It is okay if your goal pushes you past your comfort zone but it must still be achievable.
Relevant − Your goals must directly or indirectly address a need in your life. A goal that doesn’t solve a problem is not worth pursuing.
Timely − The goal must be time-bound; there is no point in pushing a goal into the future as that decreases the drive and need to achieve it.
Specific − What exactly do you want to achieve?
Measurable − How will you know that you have achieved this goal?
Achievable − Can you put in the effort, resources and money into achieving this goal? If no, then how are you planning to get them?
Relevant − What issues in your life will be addressed when you achieve this goal?
Timely − When will you achieve this goal?
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What steps need to be taken to get you to your goal?
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