5 ways to set Professional Goals

Write down your goals

You are more likely to achieve your goals when you write them down. Writing down your goals means you can visually see them giving you better motivation to succeed. Research has shown that you’re 42% more likely to achieve your goals if you write them down on a regular basis – so grab that pen and get writing!

Use the SMART goal method

The SMART goal method, which stands for Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time-Bound, is a great tool to use when creating goals. This method ensures your goals are both actionable, realistic, and able to be measured, all of which will help keep you on track and motivated to reach your goals.

Have both short and long-term goals

Short and long-term goals should relate to one another. A short-term goal is something you want to accomplish soon (e.g., 12 months or less) whereas a long-term goal is something you want to do further in the future (12 months or more). Consider your short-term goals as the objectives you must achieve to complete your long-term goals.

Regularly review your progress

Regularly reviewing your progress ensures you’re on track to achieving your goals. It also gives you the opportunity to reflect on what you’ve achieved so far and understanding the opportunities, restrictions, and barriers around you.

Believe in yourself!

Sometimes the difference between whether you succeed or not comes down to one simple thing – believing in yourself. If you don’t really believe that you can do something, you’re not going to give your full effort which consequently reduces your chances of successfully achieving your goals.