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5 Principals Of Realistic Goal Setting For Professionals

by Michael M DeSafey

posted in Business

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Setting goals is one of the most important steps to success in life, In personal activities, as well as, professional aspects. For those who want to succeed in their careers of choice it's important to have a game plan, a blueprint, and a road map for getting from where you are now to where you want to be some day.
5 Principals Of Realistic Goal Setting For Professionals
#5: Set Specific Goals
Do you know the reason most people break their New Year's Resolution to get in shape? It's because they set a general goal that can feel impossible to achieve. The same is true of your career. If you set the goal of "get more business" or "make more money," then you don't really know what you're trying to do except in broad strokes. Specific goals like "get promoted to a project manager" or "open my own consulting business" are more specific and because they're more specific they're also easier to achieve.
#4: Set Goals With Measurable Progress
Once you have a specific goal you need to lay out the steps you need to get there. For example if you wanted to become an environmental consultant. You would lay out the concrete steps of bachelor's degree, master's degree, on the job training, etc. so that you can see how close to your goal you are. Having a concrete goal is good, but knowing how to get there is also important.
#3: Set Goals You Can Achieve
It's important to set career goals you can achieve. To compare your career to fitness, going from someone who's totally out of shape to someone who can easily run marathons is a big goal. Break your bigger, over-arching goal into smaller goals that are easier to achieve and you'll make more progress without feeling discouraged.
#2: Be Relevant and Realistic
It's important for you to know yourself and your capabilities when it comes to your career. For instance, you might want to be a professional athlete. In some cases that's a perfectly viable goal. In others though, such as when someone has been born with a frail health or with birth defects that make it hard to perform physical activities, it simply isn't realistic. Your career is like that; hard work and training is important, but you need to make sure there's a demand for your skills or product.
#1: Deadlines
A goal without a deadline is a dream. If you really want to achieve something then figure out how long it will take, and set a date to have it done by. Even if the date doesn't affect anyone other than you it has to be set in order to be real.
The above five points represent the S.M.A.R.T. tenets of goal setting.These points make realistic goal setting and achievement possible.
About the Author: Michael DeSafey is a leading executive recruiter for professionals in the construction, engineering and environmental industries. He is currently the President of Webuild Staffing ( To learn more about Michael or to follow his Blog please visit
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