5 years goal
Writing a Five-Year Professional Goal Statement
Many people spend their lives simply reacting to what is going on around them, living a life without goals or purpose. Take the first step towards controlling your future by identifying a goal.
Here, you'll write down a professional goal that you'd like to achieve in five years. Studies show that writing down your goals can greatly increase your chances of achieving them. However, the way you write goals has an effect on whether or not you will be successful achieving those goals.
To write an achievable goal statement, consider the following tips:
Your goal should be given a specific time frame. In this case, think about where you'd like to be professionally in five years.
Your goal should be measurable. An example of a goal that is NOT measurable might be, "I want to increase my sales numbers." A measurable goal might state, "In five years, I will increase my sales numbers by 50% in the southeast region."
Identify family, friends, mentors, coworkers, and supervisors who may help you achieve your goal. Don't neglect to check out additional resources such as the Internet, library, career center, employee handbook, etc.
While you shouldn't set a goal too low, make sure it's realistic and appropriate, given your experience, education, and resources.
Set a goal based on your personal performance. In other words, avoid setting a goal that could be greatly influenced by factors beyond your control. You may be setting yourself up for failure.
Material wealth shouldn't be your only incentive. Wealth may be a motivating factor in the short-term, but basing all your goals on such things will leave you feeling unfulfilled and dissatisfied.
Make sure this is something you want to do, not because others think you should do it. Remember, it's your life and your future.
- Avoid any self-defeating language such as, "I'd like to try to increase my sales, but I doubt if I can do it." A positive attitude is essential in turning your daydream into reality.