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Why Goals are Better than Resolutions

At the beginning of each year, many people make resolutions. But this practice may be losing its appeal, because resolutions often don’t last too long. In fact, the statistical average is that many resolutions don’t last longer than about three weeks. This is ironic since it takes 21 days of doing something for it to start to become a habit.

While most resolutions are generally centered on one of two topics: 1) losing weight, and 2) finances, this article will help you in setting good, effective job search goals for 2013.   Finding a new job is a big, general overall goal. There are a lot of sub-parts and sub-components to larger goals. It’s critically important to effectively break down large, general goals into smaller ones.

So why are goals deemed to be better than resolutions? I gave up resolutions a number of years ago and switched to something called Prayer Goals, because we should be purposeful and prayerful as we set our goals for the upcoming year. A resolution is frequently more of a desire or a good intention, but it may not really be a goal.

There are benefits to setting goals vs. resolutions. If you do something for 21 days it becomes a habit. Goals create power and drive, and when you complete them, there is a natural and wonderful sense of accomplishment. Goals help create focus and direction to your activity. If you jump in a car and head off on a trip at 75 mph, but you haven’t mapped out the direction you want to go, it really doesn’t matter, does it? You’re not going to know when you have arrived unless you’ve picked a destination to get to. You need a written map which is like a goal.

Making Job Search Goals for 2013

The same applies to your job search process. You need to set S.M.A.R.T. goals to help ensure you reach your intended destination:

  • S Specific: A specific goal has a much better chance of being accomplished than a general one. To set a specific goal, you have to answer the six “W” questions (Who, What, When, Where, Which, Why).
  • M – Measurable: Establish some concrete criteria for measuring your progress toward obtaining each goal you set. Measuring your progress helps you stay on track and reach your target dates. Measurable goals should answer the questions: How much? How many? How will I know when I’ve accomplished my goal?
  • A – Attainable: Once you’ve identified your goals, you start to figure out ways you can make it come true. You develop the mindset, the attitude, the abilities, the skills to reach those goals, and then break each goal down into bite-sized pieces that are realistic to achieve. You can obtain most any goal you set if you plan your steps wisely and establish a timeframe that allows you to carry out those steps.
  • R – Realistic: To be realistic, a goal has to represent an objective toward which you are both willing and able to work.
  • T – Timely: A goal should be grounded in some type of timeframe. With no timeframe, there’s no sense of urgency. Adding a deadline to goals will help push you forward and make you accountable.

Effective goal-setting will help you better reach your goal of finding your ideal job. To hear examples of S.M.A.R.T. job search goals, click here to listen to this podcast.

If you would like additional tips to boost your job search, be sure to Get the Book that will help you become more successful at either finding or creating more fulfilling work.

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