6 simple steps to set and reach your goals

  • career advice
  • December 20, 2016
You probably have a list of untouched goals sitting somewhere that serves as a reminder of how difficult it is to actually make things happen. You’re not alone. Science says that 92 percent of people don’t achieve their New Year-related goals, and the success rate is likely as dismal for the rest of the year.
But that doesn’t mean you should just stop trying. If you have a big goal in mind, such as landing the job you’ve been searching for, here are a few helpful tips that will help you get there:

Decide what you want 

Sounds simple enough, but make sure this is your goal, not someone else’s. Learn about something that interests you. And if you’re not sure what that is, sit down and take an inventory of your interests, what comes naturally and where you’d like to improve. Work backwards from your desired outcome.

Break it down

This is arguably one of the most important steps in getting started and gaining confidence. One large goal — such as landing your dream job — can sometimes seem near impossible. But one large goal broken up into very small pieces that you tackle regularly over time can seem doable.
Be sure to break your goals into small enough pieces for you to experience victories. For instance, you could set a goal to do some research on skills you’d like to learn and find in-person and online learning options.

Get specific

Be specific about your priorities, then schedule them like you would a lunch date or workout. For example, commit to learning a new skill by taking a webinar each Tuesday night, listening to an industry podcast in the car or on a run or subscribing to an industry blog.

Tell someone

This is your equivalent of a workout buddy or a coach. When you have others asking about your progress and offering encouragement, you’re more likely to succeed.

Measure your progress

This will hold you accountable and help you track your success. Work in benchmarks along the way (How many additional training sessions in a month? Are you reading the blogs you subscribed to?) and make adjustments as needed. You can even add a small step to your learning curve by making a list of one or two things you’ve learned each week or every two weeks. Keep this list on your phone or somewhere at home and refer back to it over time.

Stick with it

Everyone wants to talk about the glory, but we rarely see the blood, sweat and tears that happen behind the scenes. Success takes some sacrifice. You are saying “no” to something in order to say “yes” to something new. This is a good thing! Work in small rewards for yourself along the way and celebrate your mini successes. 
As individual as your goals are, your distractions, challenges and disappointments are universal. Surround yourself with supportive people and when you’re feeling discouraged, remember this:
“You have to decide what your highest priorities are and have the courage — pleasantly, smilingly, non-apologetically, to say ‘no’ to other things. And the way you do that is by having a bigger ‘yes’ burning inside.”
If you or your friends are looking for a new job opportunity, Randstad is here to help! Visit our website and search for open positions in your area.