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On July 4, 1952, Florence Chadwick was on her way to becoming the first woman to swim the Catalina Channel. She had already conquered the English Channel. The world was watching. Chadwick fought the dense fog, bone-chilling cold and many times, the sharks. She was striving to reach the shore, but every time she looked through her goggles, all she could see was the dense fog.
Unable to see the shore, she gave up. Real tragedy struck when Chadwick discovered that she was just only half a mile away from the coast when she quit. Actually, she was not a quitter. It happened because her goal was not in sight.
She said, ''I'm not excusing myself, but if I could have seen land, I might have made it.'' Two months later, she went back and swam the Catalina Channel. This time, in spite of the bad weather, she had her goal in mind. Not only did she accomplish it, she also beat the men's record by two hours.
If you are pursuing a career without any measurement, how would you know how far you have gone and how far in accurate measure you still have to cover in order to achieve your goals? There could be a risk of you giving up on your goals very soon when your destination could be just very close. That is why having specific, measurable, attainable, realistic and time-bound goals is important.
It is similar to travelling to any destination. On the way, you always seek clarity on two things: whether your direction towards your goal is accurate, and how far you have covered and how much distance is left for you to complete the trip.
So, once you have established your career goals, be specific in terms of what results you want to achieve and the monitoring criteria you need to deploy to ensure that you do not give up, especially when it is just half a mile away.
• Establishing one's career means establishing goals for success
• Career goals should be specific, measurable and attainable
• Do monitor your progress to see how much you have covered
Find out how a positive attitude makes the difference
Source: Kamran Ahmed Siddiqui, Special to Jobs & Careers
The writer is Training Manager in a major Abu Dhabi Oil & Gas Company