Five Easy to Follow Tips For Setting Your Career Goals For 2009

With the New Year upon us, people across the country are making resolutions and setting goals for 2009. At the onset of the New Year, it's hard enough sticking to your resolutions but with the current state of the economy how are business professionals expecting to keep their resolutions for 2009? The most important thing to keep in mind when setting goals, whether it is to better yourself personally or professionally, is that it is essential to set goals that you will be able to reach. A common problem that most of us encounter when making resolutions for the New Year is creating goals that are larger than life that we know we will never achieve. Here are five easy to follow tips to keep in mind when setting your career goals for 2009.

1. Reflect Back - Look back on the previous year and list your successes and things you could have done better. From that list, identify the one or two things that you want to focus on to improve your career in the New Year.

2. Be Realistic – Create a detailed plan by stating realistic "quick hits" or small tasks that you can achieve that will in the end allow you to achieve your overall goals. The key word is "realistic." By creating a detailed plan with several milestones and easy to achieve tasks along the way; your goals will be more attainable.

3. Ask for Support – Look to the people who know you best to encourage and support you in reaching your goals. These friends, family members, and coworkers will be able to keep you on track and be there to congratulate you when you succeed.

4. Reward Yourself– Keep track of your progress and reward yourself for following your plan and achieving your smaller tasks in order to accomplish your big picture goals. It’s important to celebrate your success. It can provide additional motivation to keep you going!

5. Remain Flexible – Understand that your goals or plans can change. Be willing to make compromises when necessary to change your plans or goals based upon your personal or professional experiences or environments. If you need to change your course or establish new goals, it’s important that you stay motivated and keep up that "I can do it" attitude.

This year staying committed to your career goals will be a resolution in itself, but with realistic goals to strive for and a little optimism you'll be well on your way to a successful future in no time!

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