Not everybody can see his future in 10-20 years. Life is fleeting, many things change, and we change as well. Unfortunately, or fortunately, our plans are not always implemented in the form how we imagined them. For several years we can move relentlessly towards the goal, and then realize that we have chosen a wrong one. And some adventurers do not even think about career planning but act from actual needs and current tasks. They do what they like, acting by instinct, without requiring a specific vision of themselves in a few years, and still achieve great success. Which way to choose? Do we really need to set goals in the career?
One example of a successful career is people who have planned absolutely everything. If action plan A doesn’t work, then they always have plan B, C, etc. They like clarity so that everything is laid on the shelves in the right places, everywhere is the order and control. Careerists are not lazy to analyze, draw conclusions, learn, work through their weaknesses and strengthen the strengths. Such a tactic brings them much closer to what they want, give a common vision of the situation and a real assessment of the effectiveness of their actions, even provide some security. Purposeful people know where they are going and no difficulties can stop them.
Another example of a successful career is people who have reached the top, without really knowing how they did it. Such people simply gave themselves to their work, enjoyed the process and suddenly achieved a result that they could never have dreamed of. Most frequently this scenario suits creative people – singers, artists, dancers, who achieved recognition and popularity, sometimes without even thinking about it. Although for the sake of justice, we must admit that these are rather isolated cases, an exception from the rules. In fact, even the achievement of popularity is a goal of many creative people.
The professional career aims can be manifested in different ways, based on our personal needs and values. For some people it can be essential to develop their creativity and gain popularity, for others – to increase financial well-being and status, for the third – the opportunity to successfully combine work and family. But without fail, the setting of career goals implies growth and development, the transition to the next level. In any profession, people are striving for this. The goals are what motivates us to strive for something but not to stand still. Otherwise, life will appear gray and monotonous; one day will be like the other.
Setting goals in a career directly affect its development. It is the basis on which we can rely on when we choose how we should act. Agree that having a purpose of finishing a university with good grades, you are more likely to sit down for textbooks in the evening and prepare your homework instead of falling on the sofa and watching TV shows. Our goals determine our actions, help to keep discipline and not to lose motivation in periods when you do not want to do anything at all. In most cases, aims help people reach the top, but do not interfere. If you ask people who have already achieved the heights in their field whether they have set goals, then in 99% you will hear “yes” as a respond. The conclusion is obvious – the goals in the career are not a whim, but a necessity.
- S. Covey. – Focus. Achievement of priority goals, – 2015.
- E. John. Super achievements: get more working less, – 2011.