Revisit your goals regularly, especially when you feel stuck or lose your sense of direction. Goals can keep you stuck if you don’t re-evaluate them and allow yourself to grow. Ask yourself the question, “Is this still what I want to do and where I want to go?”
It's so easy to set long-term goals. In fact, you already have dreams about things you would like to accomplish in your lifetime. Use the Goals Worksheet to write down some things that are important to you that you always wanted to accomplish. Use those dreams to set goals and evaluate those goals rather than letting them swim around in your head and hold you back from finding meaningful opportunities. Short-term goals take more thought. What will I do on a daily basis to meet my goals? If I find myself not taking the steps to meet my goals, then I need to find the motivation or make new ones.
Long-term goals are important, but my short-term goals keep me moving forward. My long-term goal was to write a book. So to practice writing, I made a short-term goal of walking and blogging everyday. I like to stretch my reachable goal and see where it takes me. Walking and writing everyday were goals I knew I could reach. So I stretched and made a specific goal to walk and write everyday for a year. I let my mind wander, and let my feet take me in different directions to walk toward my greater goal of writing a book. I didn’t reach my short-term goal of walking everyday for a year, but I did publish my first book, “Fire Up Your Profile For LifeWork Success”. My goals kept me motivated and gave me direction for achieving my dream.
“Value yourself enough to set goals” and make a commitment to write them down preferably in your portfolio. Keeping your goals handy on your bulletin board or in your binder will keep you working toward your goals, help you feel successful as you see your accomplishments, and remind you to reevaluate your goals and change direction when needed.
I told a colleague my goal was to walk everyday for a year. She said I should have a reachable goal. Would I be able to walk everyday for a year? I wasn’t sure, but by blogging my walks if I missed a day, I as well as my readers would see the missed day in living color. I walked with friends and had conversations with entrepreneurs to help them say who they are and what they want. Walking and blogging kept me moving toward my bigger goal. An accountability partner comes in many forms whether in writing or in person. Find ways to share your goals and keep yourself accountable.
Although I didn't reach my short-term goal of walking for a year, setting a goal of walking and writing, as well as sharing my progress on my blog, helped me achieve my greater goal of writing a book.
Whether you are a Career Coach, Entrepreneur or employee, reading posts on Facebook with an eye for the needs of others can help you in your business.
A recent study by researcher Ethan Kross, a social psychologist and faculty associate at the University of Michigan Institute for Social Research, reported by several sources including The Huffington Post, said in a statement, "But rather than enhance well-being, we found that Facebook use predicts the opposite result -- it undermines it."
If social media is used as a tool to learn more about others, and reach out to them through your business, giving, and prayer then social media can add to your happiness. When these tools are used to compare yourself to others, avoid real interaction, or passively observe the world you are not taking part in, then it is another way of adding to your unhappiness.
We often hear that people talk about frivolous things on Facebook, but the all of the little things make up the big life. As a Personal/Career Coach, I began thinking about all of the trends and life events I hear about through Facebook. People moving, losing their jobs, finding a new career, enjoying their work, building a new business, personal and health concerns, babies being born, and then kids going off to school. I feel the heartbeat of clients and potential clients everyday.
If you work with students it would be helpful to know that some of them may be feeling bad about their lives when compared to others on Facebook. How can you help them?
Working with creative entrepreneurs, career changers, and job seekers, I can see what people are doing in their businesses and how it impacts their lives. Seeing what people are buying and selling—including what they had for breakfast--gives me a clue about trends that affect business and work. Are people gardening? Traveling? Exercising? Eating healthy? All these things are important trends that help me work with clients.
Whether you work directly with people or work with a computer, what people are doing and buying affects the company you work for or the career field you are in.
Look at social media with an eye on others rather than yourself and Facebook will be more than a let down. Think of Facebook as a neighborhood where you share with others and build a reputation. Through connections on social media, I sold books, and added clients. Look to the needs of others whether in person or electronically and you will create opportunities for business success.
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