Tools to achieve your goals

Whatever your career dream is, it is often a good idea to have a plan so you can achieve your goals.  The Wonder has put together this post as a tool to give you guidance and to help you plan and achieve your dreams!

This is a The Wonder Blog 6 step guide which will look into specific areas:

  1. What are your Dreams and Aspirations?
  2. Where are you now?
  3. Where do you want to go?
  4. What steps do you need to take to get there?
  5. Who and what can help?
  6. Time Frames!

1.     What are your dreams and aspirations

Spend sometime with a white sheet of paper and map out ideas you have, any dreams? Any specific images you have that make feel empowered?

2.     Where are you now?

This process starts with taking a good look at where you are currently.  What are your skills, talents and interests? What are your values – do you like to lead, work with people or alone? Do you like working face to face with people or prefer independent work? Do you like to work inside or outside?  Do you like working to deadlines? Which teams do you like working on, quiet or loud, small or large?

Questions to consider
Where am I now in regards to my Career/Business?
How do I feel about my current situation?
What does my experience to date look like?  
What do I enjoy the most?  
What are my skills?
What are my strengths and weakness? 
What appeals to me in my current situation?
What are my values? (work/life)  
Do I like to lead, work with people as a team or work alone (with data or text)?
Do I like working face to face with customers or back office work?
How do I feel when I think about my ideal job (excited, motivated, fear)?
Is there anything getting in my way of achieving what I want?
What feedback have I received? (try doing 360 feedback in your workplace).

3.     Where do you want to go?

What you’ll do next is:

  • Consider your career goals
  • Explore your career options

Knowing where you want to go makes the next steps in determining your future career move much easier.

Questions to consider
What does my ideal job/business look like?  
If I could do any job in the world what might it be and why?  
What are my short term goals?  
What are my mid-long term goals?  
What motivates me?  
Where do I want to be in 5 years?  
Are there any specific weaknesses I need to address?    
How will I do this?    
What do I want to see/get/do more of?    
What do I want to see/get/do less of?    
What is my preferred balance between work and my personal life?  
Who else does this affect?  
What normally gets in the way of achieving my goals?  
What kind of work environment suits me best?  

4.     How might I get there?

By answering questions 1 & 2, you should now have a clearer idea of what you want & where you want to go. The next step is figuring out how you might get there. What do you need to do? Below are some questions you may consider in deciding what resources may be useful.

Questions to consider
How can I prepare myself and my environment to achieve my goals?
What resources and tools/resources do I need?
What steps do I need to take to get from where I am now to where I want to be?    
What new skills, knowledge do I need to possess?  
What new skills do I want to learn?    
What existing skills do I need to develop?      
How can I commit to achieving my goals?    
What barriers do I need to remove to make this happen?  
How will I know I have been successful?    

5.     Who can help (resources)?

Knowing who can assist you and what resources you need to achieve your career goals can greatly assist you in staying focused on your goals.

Questions to consider
What new relationships might I build help me attain my career goals?  
Who do I know who can support me attain my career goals?
Who have I lost touch with who might be able to support me in my career goals?
What role can my friends and family take in encouraging me to stay focused?
What role can my unit head/manager play in supporting my career aspirations?
What communities of practice currently exist that I can tap into?

6.     Time Frame

Be realistic, yes it would be fantastic if you woke up and was a the awarding winner author you want to be… by setting a fair time frame you are likely to succeed.

Be the best version of you!

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