Many job seekers will set goals in order to aim for a better career. But setting a goal doesn’t ensure that the goal will be accomplished. Keeping yourself accountable and motivated will be important for achieving a successful goal. Continue reading to learn more about how to keep yourself accountable when it comes to your career goals.
Reaffirm your purpose
Have a clear purpose as to why you are setting a goal for yourself. Whenever you are feeling unmotivated, think about this purpose so you don’t lose sight of the final goal. By reaffirming your purpose, you will build a positive mindset associated with accomplishing your goal.
Go beyond considering your career goals. For example, your immediate career-related goal may be associated with getting a specific job, position, or salary. However, your purpose may go beyond your desired career. Why do you want a better career? Some people may want to achieve a sense of financial freedom, to make a positive impact on the world, or to support a family. This is why you are working towards your goal – don’t lose sight of the bigger picture.
Create educated goals
Learn more about your goal so that you understand the process of how to achieve your goal. Doing research on your goals will allow you to identify potential barriers that may be difficult to overcome. Minimize uncertainty by learning about these barriers prior to creating a goal so that you know exactly what it takes to be successful.
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Track all the small wins
Setting short-term (small) goals will allow you to stay motivated. Short-term goals are the stepping stones to your large goals. By completing several small goals, you will continue to see progress over time. Keeping track of your success, no matter how small, will play an important role in your motivation. This way, you can see how far you’ve come from when you first started your goal. Use this positive energy to reinforce your goal and keep motivated.
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Learn from the setbacks
Facing setbacks can be demoralizing, but it is also important to understand that not all setbacks are negative. How you react to setbacks will contribute to your success. Some people may become self-destructive and unmotivated when experiencing difficulties. On the other hand, motivated individuals will use setbacks as a learning experience and continue towards their goal. Consider the lessons that you can learn from past difficulties and use those experiences to get closer to your goals.
Have a support network
Let other people know about your goals by talking with your friends, family, or anyone else who can help keep you accountable. If you don’t tell anyone about your goals, you may feel that there are no consequences to simply walk away and give up. Friends and family who have your best interest in mind will remind you about your goals and keep you motivated. In some scenarios, you may find an “accountability buddy” who is also trying to reach the same or a similar goal as yourself. Your accountability buddy will ensure you are motivated and on-track to accomplish your goals. At the same time, you will also help out by keeping your partner motivated.
Achieving goals can be difficult, so reward yourself for your hard work. Overworking can result in fatigue and poor health. Being overworked over long periods of time can also lead to a loss of happiness. Give yourself some time to relax and enjoy your progress. A reward doesn’t have to be anything spectacular; choose meaningful ways to help you mark the moment in your mind.
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