THE IMPORTANCE OF PERSONAL GOAL SETTING Goal: a long-term target Think of it as a reward at the top of a ladder; you must climb the ladder before reaching the reward Goals keep you focused, increase self- esteem, and help you overcome procrastination, fear, and failure Setting goals will help you become more successful in your career and life in general
INFLUENCES OF GOALS Goals help you keep focused on where you want to be in your future As a goal is reached, you will be motivated and self-confident enough to set a higher goal Set goals in the major areas of your life including personal, career, financial, educational, physical, social, and psychological
HOW TO SET GOALS Important Aspects of Goal Setting Achieving short-term Owning the goal and long-term goals is •Controlling the goal like climbing a ladder •Setting a time frame Goals need to be put for the goal into writing
HOW TO SET GOALS Short-Term Goals Long-Term Goals Reached within a year’s Reached within a time time frame of five to ten years Also called objectives Setting long-term goals Set to help reach long- starts with thinking of term goals what you want to accomplish in your life Keep them realistic, achievable, measurable, From your list of and important to you accomplishments, choose items you most value Keep goals realistic, attainable, measurable, and important (have a reason for the goal)
PRIORITIES Priorities: determine what needs to be done and in what order You may need to adjust your priorities to reach your goals Trade-off: giving up one thing to do something else Be prepared to be flexible in all areas of your life-plan
MENTORING Mentor: someone who can help you learn more Provides information about your present position Provides support Helps you develop your career Teaches you about the corporate culture Corporate culture: the values, expectations, and behaviors of people at work Formal or informal mentoring
Discussion Questions Why does an employer need to set goals for their employees? Why is it important that an employer ensure that employees set personal and career goals for themselves? IF YOU WERE THE BOSS: Why would you establish a mentoring program for your employees? What specific advantages would it provide your department?
GOAL SETTING: Career Long-Term Career Goal – Identify where you want to be in your career in five years. Short-Term Goals – Using your long-term career goal, identify short-term goals (objectives) for each step on the ladder.
GOAL SETTING: Personal List three personal, career, and educational dreams you want to accomplish in your life. Create three long-term goals in each section. Make sure they are realistic. Prioritize the goals you set