How to Set a Goal

You have an idea and immediately write it down. Great, but the goal is missing.

When you truly try to establish one or more goals, the first step is to write on a piece of paper what you want—but in this situation we’re talking just about writing ideas that you have, ideas that can become clear goals if you structure them. How can you do so? Let’s see:

It’s great that you’ve written, for example, that you want a job in communication and marketing, it’s fantastic that you eat well and exercise and it’s truly admirable that you want to learn French. But when do you want to do these things? How? What resources do you need? Where can you receive guidance? Do you even need guidance? These are some of the questions which help you structure your ideas to become goals.

I want to find a job in communication and marketing

  • How can I do this? I’ll try to identify sources through which I can promote my profile (CV, proposal, letter of intent, etc); I’ll participate in a job concourse; I’ll get together a list of job fairs this year; each week I’ll make a list of at least ten companies that I want to call and ask about scheduling an interview—whether or not there is a position available.
  • When will I do this? Tomorrow, 11 February 2014.
  • What will I do first? I’ll identify the places I can promote my personal profile.
  • What do I need to do before I start? I need to improve my CV. How will I do this? I’ll give it to two or three people I trust and have them tell me if I’ve made any mistakes.
  • If I get discouraged in my attempt to achieve my goal, how will I proceed? Pure and simple, don’t give up. It’s very easy to do so and it would mean that I run from my responsibility to trust in my own power, but if I don’t trust in myself, than in whom can I trust?
  • What do I need to make it easier to obtain my objective? A bus pass, a Metro pass to freely go anywhere, comedy films to relax with after my efforts in finding professional opportunities, etc.
  • By when will I have found a job? By 14 March 2014
  • What will I do if by 14 March I haven’t achieved my goal? When I look through my responses to these questions again if I get discouraged in my quest to achieve my goal, how will I proceed?

As such, a goal needs a need or idea to be written down  and it needs this preparation. Thus, now what is your idea or need?

Mihai Silviu Botezatu/Human Resources and Sales Coordinator/Today is the most important day of your life!