Examples of Goals For Work (Career Goals)
Work is such a big part of our lives. I mean we spend a minimum of half of our waking hours on the grind. Some, much more. The more we work though, the more we exert mastery over what we do. And that feels great. But part of master your work environment as well as your life at large, has so much to do with the goals that you have for yourself.
So before we even get into goals for work, I want to really encourage you to think big while setting work goals. Think as if you couldn’t fail. Like failure was literally not even a word in your vocabulary.
And also, just know that any goal you do set for yourself can be accomplished. Because in life, that which you are seeking is also seeking you.
If you have the ability to create the goal in your mind, you have the capabilities needed to make that goal into a reality.
Remember that you get your expectations in your life. If you expect little things to happen to you, you are going to get little things. Turn your awareness over to big thoughts. Thoughts that support you creating a life of complete abundance for yourself.
OK. So now that we knocked out a little mindset blurb, you will be more primed to go into the rest of this process with more desire to think big. Which when we think big, we take big action. And when we take big action, we get big results. And this reinforces our belief in our goals and our abilities even more.
It is a positive cycle that leads you upwards, and fast in this life. And because of it, you reach your big goals faster than most people reach their small ones.
Here is the list of for goal setting for work.
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Personal Goals For Work (Examples Of Career Goals)
Get Paid Off Production
The fact of the matter is that you will never really get ahead if you are trading your time for money in the generic sense of the term. Clocking in, clocking out. Over and over and over again.
You can save part of your paycheck, which I suggest saving 10 percent or more from each. And you can store away for retirement this way. But you can begin to create a more long term retirement plan by negotiating to get paid off of performance.
So the way you do this is to check in with your boss. See what type of work you are currently doing. What the standards are for you working there and keeping the position you hold.
And then negotiate you getting paid a percentage of the output you provide over and above your consistent monthly numbers.
This way, your hard(er) work will be rewarded. And because of it, I guarantee that your boss will see this work ethic and even reward it with a higher position in the company. Hey, maybe one day you can just take his/her spot!
This one can take some steel nerves to pitch to your boss. That is why I suggest you read a book titled “Pitch Anything”. It is a book that shows you how to deliver any idea and have it received well by WHOEVER you are pitching it too. The book is fantastic. I loved it.
Get A Promotion
Getting a promotion is the beginning of advancement. And once you get it, your whole life really changes. Your income of course is changed. And your whole self image changed because you are now filling a higher position that your current self image was used to. So naturally, the way your see yourself changes. And the way the world sees you changes as well.
Glassdoor.com talks about some of the best habits promoted employees have, some of which include:
- Be A Team Player – Focus on “we” rather than “me”. Volunteer efforts without being asked. Simply do more than you are being paid for.
- Become Irreplaceable – Becoming the go to person for a specific part of your company, like customer service or sales. Positions that are seen as leadership positions that shows your boss how valuable you are and how terrible it would be to lose you to a competitor.
- Keep Learning – Show your boss that you are becoming a resource by doing something to further your learning in the field at least once a month.
- Keep Track Of What Your Are Bringing To The Bottom Line – Be meticulous about this. Show your boss that you deserve a higher position for the simple fact that you are producing more and more than most people do in your position.
Work On Your Leadership Skills
The fact of the matter is that everything falls on leadership. People that are good leaders are seen as INDISPENSABLE. Because of the fact that there really aren’t a lot of good leaders out there. Or people who even care to be.
Being a leader means that more responsibility falls upon you. But if you don’t become a leader, you will never enjoy the perks that come with a rising to the top of your company.
Some great books for leadership include:
- Start With Why – Simon Sinek
- 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen R. Covey
- Leadershifts – John Maxwell
- Leaders Eat Last – Simon Sinek
- Extreme Ownership – Jocko Willink and Leif Babin
There are also local leadership courses and even national ones. One of the most popular being Tony Robbin’s 4 Day Leadership Academy.
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A great communicator is valuable to any and every single organization. I mean a person or organization can have the best ideas in the world. But they will die on their mouth unless someone can deliver the ideas in the world clearly and in a way that are receptive to the people that are hearing it.
Take communication courses. And devour books on the subject. A couple great communication books include:
- How To Talk To Anyone – Leil Lowndes
- How To Win Friends and Influence People – Dale Carnegie
- Crucial Conversations – Joseph Grenny, Al Switzler, Rob McMillan
- Made to Stick – Chip Heath and Dan Heath
- Everyone Communicates, Few Connect – John Maxwell
Get Quarterly Feedback
This can tie into getting a promotion. But get reviewed as much as possible to learn what you need to improve. And what good things you are already doing that you can improve upon.
You may think you know what you need to do to go further in your company and may be going about doing it. But you may need to make tweaks in other areas in order to really get to where you want to be in your company.
Take it as constructive feedback. And then act upon the advice RIGHT AWAY. Show that you heard what was said, and took it constructively by putting it into action right in front of their eyes.
Get To Work Earlier
The fact of the matter is that you are running with the pack when you are putting in 8 hour days. But just increasing your output only an hour a day can set you apart from the crowd. And when you are at work, work. Don’t chat to people. Work hard while you are at work. That way you can enjoy your time when you are off of work.
When you put in this extra hour, your output goes up. And when this happens, you will be seen as an indispensable asset to the company. Making you virtually fire proof.
But again, set your work goal to really work while you are at work. Act as if you are being paid for production. Not just your time there. That the more you do, the more you will get paid for. If you take this mindset, soon you will secure a position that is more production based and you will get paid more for those hours you spend at work.
Volunteer On One Project Per Quarter
The main thing about doing this is that you are proving that you are an indispensable asset to the company. The more you do this, the better off you become at keeping a spot in the company for good. Again, this shows that you are a leader. That you care about the company.
And that you are a team player in which you can really bond and get to know people in your company from other departments. It makes you a much more well rounded employee when it comes down to it. Solidifying your name in the ranks when it comes to promotion time.
OK I know this isn’t really a JOB goal, but the fact of the matter is that if you don’t have multiple streams of income, you really set yourself up for an anxiety provoking living.
If this main stream of income is taken from you, you have nothing at all left to rely on.
We need to start really creating something long term and sustainable. That can fluctuate nicely with the market. Something that pays you while you sleep essentially. Which of course it will take you a lot of leg work in the beginning. But the pendulum will swing and one day you will sit back and see how all your hard work really paid off.
Some ideas for creating side hustles include:
- Income Properties
- App creation
- Stock Photots
- Network Marketing
- Affiliate Marketing
- Air B&B part of your living space
This is just nine simple ideas for how to create residual income. But the fact of the matter is that there are so many opportunities out there to create more streams of income. I mean you can even hit garage sales and sell things you buy for more money on EBAY. I had a friend making an average of 5K per month doing this for a while.
The opportunities are out there. It really comes down to us accepting the fact that we live in a world of abundance.
Produce The Biggest Quarterly Numbers
There is nothing like being the best at what you do. You get an instant status boost. And you can start really putting yourself in a place where you can be deserving of promotions and raises.
Pull a list of the numbers that were produced. Ask your boss if you have to. And tell him/her that you intend on being at the top of that list, very soon.
Then proceed to take the actions necessary to do so. Even take the top couple people in the company out to dinner. Pick their brain. Tell them you want to learn from them. Most successful people will totally entertain this offer.
Also, when it comes down it, you will also start to be hanging out with more successful people because of it. And naturally, you will start thinking and acting differently. Because, we become like the people we hang out with the most.
When you know the big numbers of what you will need to hit, then all you have to do is break the big number into smaller goals. Monthly goals, weekly goals and daily goals. Even hourly goals of what you need to hit on the way to big goal. You can hit any goal if you just break down goals like this.
New Job/New Profession
We have all been in a spot where we don’t feel appreciated at our jobs. Or we aren’t feeling like we are getting paid enough. Or that we just aren’t feeling like we can expand and grow any more with where we are at.
Maybe it is time to apply for a new job. With benefits that are more in line with the things you want and need. Or maybe a culture that fits your personal and professional needs a better.
Some jobs just aren’t conducive to us living the happiest lifestyle. And maybe you have grown past where you are at. Growth is great. But you don’t want to stall this growth by staying somewhere too long.
It can be a scary move to make a career move in adulthood. But you know what is even more scary? Regret. You don’t want to look back on life with any “I should have’s”. Take the chance. You can always adapt from there. If the new job isn’t a good fit, then you just move onto the next one.
Also, the fact of the matter is that if you are seeing your job as a JOB or WORK, well then it is probably not really something that you adore.
That is when it comes down to getting a profession. Something that you love or at least really like doing. Something that gives you more freedom to express your gifts and talents. That you can express and nurture these gifts and talents to a degree to where you feel successful and competent. Because when you feel this way in one area of your life, it will bleed into other areas as well.
Maybe you need to consider going back to school while you are still working. Doing night classes. Or online courses.
Now I know this may seem like it is too late. Or that you will be X age when you finally get into that new profession. But the fact of the matter is that you will be X age regardless when that time comes. So might as well arrive there with the education and training you need to transform your life.
Never feel that is going to take too long. The time is going to pass anyways.
Identify a Weakness and Make It A Strong Suit
When it comes down to it, we all have a chink in our armor. We are only as strong as our weakest link. What is one area of your career that you feel as if you need to get better at? Maybe it is communication. Or marketing. Or presentation.
If we are honest with ourselves, we all have one or more areas that we know that we need to brush up on. Or get better. Something that we dread getting better at, or putting time in on.
But if we did so, we would bring such a better package to our work environment. Our confidence would rise. As we would always know we were coming into situations completely prepared.
And we would also know that we are more valuable to the marketplace. And the marketplace pays you in direct proportion the value that you bring it. Which means you make more money! And who doesn’t love more green backs!
Speak Up More At Work
When it comes down to it, a lot of meetings go like this. The main speaker/boss talks most of the time. And then he or she asks for feedback. And everyone looks down at their lap.
Then when the meeting is over, everyone has all this feedback and talks about it among themselves.
But why not just speak up at the meeting? I know we are all afraid of looking stupid. Or want to avoid confrontation. But the fact of the matter is that you don’t want to be seen as just another number. A sheep in a crowd of other sheep.
You want to stand out in the pack. And you do this by speaking up more at meetings and just at work in general. Become outspoken in a way that provides value to your company.
And I guarantee you will be up for promotion soon. Because this is courageous. And most people won’t do this. So when you do, you will stand out with ease. And be seen as a leader who deserves and will qualify for leadership positions.
Find A Mentor
One can really separate themselves from the crowd when it comes to mentoring. We have all heard the term, “don’t reinvent the wheel”.
It really is true. All you really have to do to be more successful is model someone successful.
Of course you can do your own research and make your own mistakes on your way to finding the best solutions. And this is admirable. I am a do-it-yourself kind of guy too.
But the impact mentoring has had one my life far outweighs the gratification of doing it yourself.
Put your ego aside and really latch onto a good mentor.
Whatever you want to become better at in your work, literally soak in the knowledge of a mentor. Be teachable and coachable. And I guarantee that if you are a good student you will learn how to become successful in a fraction of the time. But also word will get back to higher powers about how hungry you are, and good things will happen to you in the future.
You can also think about mentoring someone else. Again this shows that you are capable of being a leader in the company. You are showing that you are willing to give back to the company by nurturing new talent.
As well as the fact that you enforce the knowledge you already have in a bigger way. Because the teacher learns just as much as the student, if not much more!
People will listen to you if they like you. But they will do business with you if they trust you.
So knowing this, we need to focus on really building relationships with people. Reconnect with old clients. Reach out to them and see how you can serve them. Form great relationships with new clients. As well as people in your company.
The more good relationships you build the better you will do in this life. For as the saying goes:
“Your network is your net worth.”
Here is a guide I wrote just for you on how to build relationships. Check it out here!
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Keep Impeccable Work Space
Our world is just a reflection of our internal world. If our mind is cluttered, our environment will be as well. But the two go hand in hand. So you can create a more calm mental environment by focusing on keeping your office clean.
Make sure it is impeccable. As well as your emails cleaned out. Everything filed. And your desk super neat. Become borderline OCD about this.
I promise it will reflect itself in every other areas of your life as well.
Build Your Personal Brand
I was listening to a Tony Robbins audio about building a brand. That if we don’t do so, we will be gone from the marketplace in 10 years. And most likely gone in 3 to 5 years.
The truth is that he is right. If we aren’t focusing on building a brand around ourselves, we really don’t have any enticing value to bring to the marketplace.
Start really focusing on building your online presence. Have social media accounts that you update weekly with information about what is going on in your career.
Shoot Youtube videos that educate people with your knowledge about your career.
You want to really become an expert and authority figure in your career. That way if you choose to leave jobs, you can show your new employer how truly knowledgeable and recognized you are by the world. And that you care enough to put yourself out there to the world and you care enough about your profession to take it to another level.
Get A New Certification Or Degree
When it comes down to it, scholarly accomplishments and accolades really go a long way when it comes to a couple things. Getting paid more. Becoming really great in your profession. And simply being able to get a better job if you ever want to leave for greener pasture.
What certification could you get that would thicken your resume? Or what area of your job would you potentially like to go back to school for and further your education?
Doing so can take a couple months or years. But make the rest of your work life so much better. It can definitely be worth considering.
Stick To A Good Work Schedule
Humans work best when they have routines. Sure it may be boring to have to do the same thing. Day in and day out. But the fact of the matter is that you get a nice routine going when you just stick to the same thing every day.
You become more productive. You lock in better. And you work more efficiently. If you know you are going to be eating lunch right at 12 each day, you want to maximize your hours each before you got grab a bite.
Once you really start to create a solid routine, and it is effected by something, then you will really see the power of having a routine.
If you need some ideas on creating a good morning or night routine to really lock yourself in, check out these article I wrote just for you!
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Ok this maybe be the opposite of working. But you have to recharge. Get off the map for a bit and really think about what you want to do with the future. It can be a great time to reassess, reevaluate your life. And really recharge to come back stronger than ever.
Set Daily Goals
When you set daily goals and check them off, you get a sense of deep self confidence. A self confidence that comes from really pouring it on. Knowing you gave it your all. You know your time is limited and you made good use of that limited time.
We have so much time in our day that we waste. We need to really lock in on some good time management and work our days to our advantage.
You can start out by setting 3 goals for the day. And then if you hit them with more time, set a couple more. It will help keep you accountable for having a productive day.
As well as help you get more done in a day than you could potentially get done in a week.
And set the goals first thing in the morning. As Jim Rohn says, “When should you start the day? When you have it finished”.
Map out your day. So you run the day and the day doesn’t run you.
20 – Delegate As Much As You Can
Often times there are things we want to do to save money. So we keep doing them. But honestly, we are only good at so many things. So we need to really maximize what we are good at. And if we can, delegate the rest.
That way we put in more productive hours doing what we are really good at.
Because if we are trying to save money doing it all, we are really losing money. Because we could be doing what we do best ALL day. While we delegate things to people who are awesome at doing the things we are not so awesome at.
I know it can be hard letting go, allowing someone to take charge on something you normally do.
But if you have to, map out the numbers. Show to yourself how much you are losing by trying to do things yourself.
Make A Vision Board Of Who You Want To Become
When it comes down to it, we need to have a big vision our lives. But it is one thing to think about what you want to become and be. But it is another thing to make an entire visual for it and look at it everyday.
We can really become inspired to pack our days with productivity when we have a big vision for our lives.
And we can do this by creating nice big vision board. Putting all the vacations, the titles you want to hold, the cars you want to have, your dream home, investment properties.
Then once you have created this vision for your life, you can put it in the office and look at it daily.
These pictures will constantly influence us. One a conscious and subconscious level. Really allow yourself to go crazy with this process.
Track & Reward Successes
When it comes down to it, we have a lot of small wins along the way that we don’t pay much attention to. But, in actuality, I think we would actually get even more of them if we simply recognized and write them down. And then reward them in some way, shape or form.
When it is too much work and not enough recognition and play, we don’t go as hard when it is work time. And then when it is play time, our mind is still on work.
Try documenting 3 wins per day. Then reward yourself for it. Even if it is just telling yourself congratulations. Simply validating that you are doing good in this life.
Like when we were kids, we wanted to do more of what we were being rewarded for. And we are all just big grown up kids anyways. So why not use the same tactic? I think it will go a long way.
Conclusion To Career Goals
So there we are my friends. A myriad of career goals for us to set in our jobs and lives. Goals that we can set to make us better or even the best at what we do. To stand out in our profession in a big way. To make ourselves virtually indispensable in the workplace. And because of this, most likely make a lot more money in the process.
Also, through implementing these goals, we will become better leaders in the process. And this means exerting mastery over our profession.
Attaining a job position that makes us feel more in control of our professional life. And of course this feeling of leadership will lead into other areas of our lives.
Which will make us operate more effectively as humans. Leading ourselves through this life. Instead of just drifting. We will truly become the masters of our fate and the captains of our souls.
I hope you enjoyed the article! Now I want to hear from you. Share with me what your favorite goal for work was. What goal you are most excited to implement starting right now.
And if you have anything to add that can help us all set better professional goals that will make our professional life better!
Peace my friend.
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