Your Guide to Career Growth: How to Leverage SMART Goals

How to leverage SMART goals as an up and coming leader.

Setting goals for the next chapters of your life is one, if not the most, important aspect of advancing your career. The concept of setting goals isn’t new, but many don’t know how to do it correctly or even where to start. Setting and meeting realistic and SMART goals for yourself, will help you continue to grow in your career and your personal life.

How? Let’s take a closer look at what each letter of the acronym SMART means, so you can start your career growth journey on the right foot.

Specific

When conceptualizing your goals, make them as specific as possible. If your goals are too broad, you’ll have a hard time figuring out how to achieve them. Setting realistic specifications for your goal, will help you envision clear steps forward. The more specific you are, the more you can effectively plan your next steps.

Measurable

Next, define what evidence will prove that you are making strides forward. Not only will this help you track your progress, but it will also make you more motivated to keep moving forward. Most importantly, it will make it easier to see if you need to reevaluate any aspects of your goals in order to better achieve them.

Achievable

When making goals, you may be tempted to really reach for the stars. However, to create realistic goals, it’s crucial for those goals to be attainable. Make sure you can reasonably accomplish your goal within a specified timeframe. That said, you should still reach for your dreams; just be sure to set milestones that you can easily track along the way.

Relevant

Your goals shouldn’t be random. Be sure they align with your values and long-term objectives, so you can feel a sense of accomplishment in your day-to-day life. Your goals should always be leading you further down the path to success in your career, not distracting you from it. You may be tempted to set the first goal that comes to mind, but really think about it before you set your mind to it.

Timely

Set a realistic and ambitious date to accomplish your goal. This will make it easier to prioritize tasks and keep yourself motivated. Don’t leave long periods of time in between the milestones for your goals. At the same time, don’t set yourself up for failure by making the deadline too short. Finding the right timeline for your goals is a delicate balance, and only you will know what is right for you.

Take the Leap to Enhance Your Career Today

Now that you know how to set realistic goals, it’s time to put your knowledge to work. Fortunately, you don’t have to go through the process all on your own. At MarCan Coaching & Consulting, our goal is to help you be the best you can be in your professional life and, in turn, your personal life, too. Connect with our career growth team to take control of your life today.

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