Have you considered making goals and actively working towards them besides your New Year's resolutions? You will be far ahead of mostly everyone else if you plan big to 'make it big.' In order to plan big, according to popular websites such as MindTools.com, you will need to follow three simple steps.
1. Consider the 'Bigger Picture'
First, think about where you want to be in the next 10 years in broader categories, including financial status, family status, attitude, physical status and career status (described by MindTools.com). Do you want to be a parent? Do you want to make over a $50k salary? Do you want to pamper yourself more? Pausing to reflect on where you want to end up in 10 years will give you a long term perspective that you will need initially in order to set goals for yourself.
2. Set Increasingly Smaller Goals for Yourself
After putting your future plans in sight, begin to describe 10-year, 5-year, yearly, monthly, weekly and daily goals for yourself. If you want to increase your salary to over $70k in 10 years, begin by setting goals to network, for example, with 25 individuals per month with professionals in your field through phone calls, in-person meetings or via skype. Then, after charting your plans, you will have daily, measurable goals that you can work towards.
3. Work Actively Toward Your Goals
Finally, you will want to work actively towards your goals. While this may seem repetitive, you will still gain a sense of achievement at the end of each day, sometimes rewarded with new information and opportunities. For example, your daily financial goal could involve networking by emailing, calling, LinkedIn messaging 5 contacts per day to find the job that fits your financial goals and career aspirations. Ultimately, you will see the fruits of your labor rewarded more likely than if you had not set goals for yourself in the first place.
So, consider these steps in setting goals for yourself, and you could definitely 'make it big' after planning big!
This post was originally published by Layali Webzine, and has been edited for publishing on Huffington Post.
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