Are you moving forward? Setting, Achieving, and Assessing Goals

By: Allison Gregg

As upwardly mobile professionals, goals are part of our lives. They guide, motivate, and inspire us. When we hit that goal, there’s no better feeling. You’ve proven you can do it – and before too long you’re on to the next goal.

But for some, this scenario doesn’t happen – not because they don’t achieve their goal, but because they aren’t setting any. Goal setting can be intimidating for many reasons. People fear they won’t accomplish the goal. Others may have previously set goals that are too lofty and unattainable and never achieved them. Some avoid setting goals because they simply don’t know how.

Setting goals gives you a target to move toward in the long term. They keep you motivated. A tried and true method of setting goals is the SMART approach. Experts suggest setting specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time bound (SMART) goals. Don’t let that intimidate you – it’s easier than you think. At OV Force, we are trained and able to help you set goals. Our coaches work with their clients throughout the goal setting and achieving process.

One client we worked with, Todd, wanted to change careers. Through thoughtful conversation during coaching sessions, we helped Todd identify his reason for wanting change and set several small goals that fed into the larger goal of landing a new job. Those included redeveloping his resume, reaching out to his network, interviewing others who made similar changes, and researching organizations he may want to work for. By setting these smaller goals he was able to find the career of his dreams. Smaller goals increase the likelihood of success.

After you set a goal and find yourself falling short, you may need to assess the goal. It could be a bit too lofty or complicated. OV Force coaches are trained to help you think through and plan out your path toward reaching your goals.

No matter what you’d like to accomplish, a career coach can provide you with the support as you work toward your result.