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Setting Career Goals: Your Next Steps to Becoming a High-Achieving Woman

November 14th, 2016

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In today’s fast-paced and competitive work environments is more important than ever for you as a woman in a leadership role to have your career goals and the strategies that you will take to attain them clearly mapped as you move towards your desired professional future. Meaningful goals help us grow, move forward and avoid falling into jobs that other well-meaning people have chosen for you because they think you are well-suited for the role. That may be the case, however, wouldn’t the opportunity would be a far richer one if it fit with your personal career goals?

Try mapping your goals using this simplified 4-stage TRI-NAMICS © exercise:

  • Discover your goals.
  • Dream about your goals.
  • Design your goals.
  • Deliver the reality of your goals.

Discover Your Goals:

Explore the possibilities! Use these questions to help you discover the goals you want to focus on:

  • What is important to me?
  • What would I like to have that I do not have?
  • What are my talents and strengths?
  • What burning desire do I have that will truly make a difference?
  • When I am at my optimal, what am I doing, thinking, feeling?

N.B. You might find it helpful to use a mind-mapping tool as you write down your answers to these questions.

Dream About Your Goals:

Once you have some high-level thoughts jotted down it is time to dream a little. Ask yourself:

  • What will it be like to achieve some of my goals?
  • How will I feel?
  • What will be different?
  • What will I be doing differently?

Design Your Goals:

Build your success system by designing specific, measurable, attainable, realistic, and time-bound goals for yourself using the “SMART” goal tool. Factor in:

  • Milestone dates.
  • Supports/resources you will need along the way.
  • Measures of your success.

Deliver the Reality of Your Goals:

You now have goal clarity! You have explored possibilities, set out a clear path, and now it’s time to take action:

  • Find the right opportunity.
  • Practice with your mentor, partner, or in a team.
  • Follow your roadmap, and
  • Celebrate your success!

Revisit your plan on a regular basis, keep track of what is working, adjusting what doesn’t. and remember to celebrate each success along the way!

If you would like more information from Endless Possibilities about the TRI-NAMICS goal-mapping exercise or coaching support in setting your goals please contact us.