Are you aware of your destination?

The real value of setting and achieving goals lies not in the rewards you receive, but in the person you become as a result of reaching your goals.- Robin Sharma

New year or career or your life, it will be most effective only when you start with the clear understanding of your destination. That means to have clear idea in your mind where you want to go so you understand where you are now and what steps you will be taking to reach where you want to reach.

While we all are very busy chasing our short-term commitments in our job, we should never lose our focus on our long-term career goals.       

“Beware the barrenness of a busy life.” -- Socrates

Everybody has an image about ideal job or career in his or her mind. Do you feel it is enough to have such image in mind in order to get what you actually want? Certainly not, things in air won’t last for long. And that's why they say-

Things which can be measured can be achieved easily.

So, pen down your career goals on paper and examine how far you have come till now so that you can gear up for the rest of the journey.

Divide your career goals into short term and long-term goals.

1.    Short term goals: These could be the immediate actions you wanted to take to improve your skills in upcoming year. These yearly goals can again be again divided into monthly and weekly goals so that you can monitor those and have a strategy to achieve those goals.

2.    Long term goals: This is the final destination where you want to reach in your career and in your life. Long term career goals are essential part of your life as your financial and personal goals are closely associated with your career goals.

Most important thing to be considered while setting your goals is examine your values first which means- what standards you prefer to live your life.

Love, happiness, freedom, flexibility, honesty, integrity etc. are some of the values.

Find out your own values and then examine whether your goals are aligned with your values or not. Because if your goals are not aligned with your values you may reach to your destination but you might feel hollowness after achieving success.