Ever feel like you are roaming hopelessly through your life and your career without direction? Setting personal goals can help you improve and change, and achieve satisfaction. Goal-setting isn’t easy. It takes time and commitment.  Avoid these three goal busters to keep your career, and your life, on track.

Your goal isn’t valued – you haven’t committed your mind and heart to the goal.  Bring your heart back into the goal-setting process and examine how your goals align with your values – the underlying life principles you believe are important. There’s little motivation for success if you don’t connect your goals to your values. Of course, to make this work you need to know exactly what your values are.  At the Center for Creative Leadership we suggest looking at five areas of your life – career, self, family, community, and spirit – and consider how you are living out your values in each of those areas. Gaining this perspective will give you some ideas about what you might like to change or improve.

Your goal isn’t specific – your goal is too broad and overwhelming.  Cast those ideas into the form of a SMART goal. A SMART goal is specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and timed. After drafting your SMART goals, you can take action to achieve them. Plan how you can break your goals into small, specific steps that will move you in the right direction.

Your goal isn’t supported – you don’t have someone to be your coach, cheerleader, or mentor.  Ask friends, family, and co-workers for their support as you work toward your goals. Revisit your goals at regular intervals to make sure you’re on track and to re-energize your efforts.

Choosing and planning your goals is hard work.  The rewards, however, are priceless.

Have you hit one of these stumbling blocks when goal-setting? Share how you overcame it. 

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