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Get to know your career goals and decide your destiny

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It is important for all of us to have well-defined career goals. Many of us take the easy way out and plod along, and find out that employees who reach the top have one thing in common: concrete career goals.

While the organizations we work in have clear-cut short-term and long-term goals, how many of us have a well-thought out and planned set of goals that will help us become masters in our chosen field of operation? I know very few among us have definite strategies, plans and goals to engineer our career.

It is easy for us to follow the goals set by our organizations to move forward, so it should also be easy and essential for us to have a personal career strategy to reach our goals. When we start to build our career life in a strategic manner based on our goals, we develop a certain discipline which will help us attain mastery.

We should focus on simplicity instead of getting ourselves wrapped in complexity to achieve our full potential. A well-defined goal aids in the pursuit of exemplary performance leading to professional mastery. It helps cultivate optimism leading to greater mental focus. It provides enhanced energy and a heightened sense of creativity which allows us to get more things done since it helps us streamline our goals and clearly define the priorities that need to be executed.

Well-planned goals allow us to allocate resources in a productive manner, prodding us to reach where we want in a systematic way.

It is also vital to measure our career progression at regular intervals and get a reality check. We should carefully evaluate our short and long-term career goals and make the necessary amendments if required so that we do not stagnate.

Handy Hints:

• It is vital to have concrete career objectives to attain success

• Well-defined goals cultivate optimism and greater mental focus

• Get a reality check by regularly measuring your career progress

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Source: C. Sunil Roy, Special to Jobs & Careers

The writer is Senior Manager, Publilink