In my last blog, I described the WHYSMART goal setting process. Writing down a goal is not enough. A goal without a plan is just a dream. You have to develop an action plan to achieve the goal. The key to reaching a goal is the dedicated activity that drives you towards it.
The job seekers overarching goal is to get a job. This is enough of a large and complex task that innumerable books (including mine) have been written about the topic. You need to break the task down into manageable shorter term goals that will be a part of your ultimate goal’s action plan. Here are 7 steps I recommend for developing the action plan for each goal.
So what if you do not achieve a goal? DO NOT despair or beat yourself up. The reason you have deadlines set for your goals and action steps is to trigger a time for review of your progress. If you did not meet the deadline, ask yourself why. Perhaps the deadline was too aggressive, or perhaps you did not identify all the obstacles.
Once you have identified the problem, develop the solution and go at it again. Activity is the key to success. You must persist in going after your goals if you expect to achieve them.
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