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7 Insightful Life-Changing Tips to Achieve Your Career Goals

November 5, 2023

Are you ready to take charge of your life and turn your dreams into reality?

Setting goals is a powerful way to make progress towards your aspirations, but it's not always easy to know where to start. Whether you want to build a successful business, learn a new skill, or get in shape, setting and achieving goals is key to reaching your full potential. 

What you’ll get from this article:

  • We'll show you how to set achievable goals
  • Create an action plan
  • Develop the skills you need to make your dreams a reality

So, get ready to unlock your full potential and start achieving your goals like never before!

TIP 1: Mindset

Be Prepared, Be Very Prepared

Every great goal starts with a great mindset

Embrace a growth mindsetA growth mindset is the belief that your abilities and skills can be developed through hard work and dedication. Embracing a growth mindset can help you stay motivated and resilient as you develop your skills.
Take on new challengesChallenge yourself with new tasks and projects regularly to develop new skills.
Seek feedbackAsk for feedback from others, like colleagues or mentors, to identify areas where you can refine and hone your skills.
Invest in trainingTake courses, attend workshops, and seek out other educational opportunities to help develop your skills.
Learn from failureFailure is a natural part of the learning process. Rather than letting failure discourage you, use it as an opportunity to learn and improve your skills.
Practice regularlyMake time to practice regularly, even if it's just for a few minutes a day.


SMART goals are better than stupid goals

And we all want to be SMART, right?

SMART - specific - measurable - achievable - relevant - time-bound

When deciding to set a goal, think about these questions:

  • What is important to you?
  • What interests you?
  • What do you want to achieve?

Connect the why to your goal.

Why are you wanting to achieve something? 

If your goal is to lose weight, then the ‘why’ could be so you can be healthy and able to play with your grandkids. 

Write down your SMART goal

  • Specific: Don’t be vague, You want to lose weight, ok, let’s be more specific. How much do you want to lose?
  • Measurable: Your goal should have a clear end point that you can measure, like a number or a quantity.
  • Achievable: You want your goal to push you but keep in mind what you can do. Wanting to lose 10 lbs in one week is not achievable.
  • Realistic: This step goes hand-in-hand with Achievable. Wanting to lose 10 lbs in one week and look like an Olympic athlete is not realistic.
  • Time-Bound: You want to have a timeframe otherwise it’s easy to drift off course.

TIP 3: Plan

Ready, Set, Action!

Turning Your Goals into Reality with a Killer Action Plan!

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To create an effective action plan, follow these steps:

  1. Define your vision; write down what the path is that you want to go down.
  2. List all activities needed to achieve the goal.
  3. Organize your list into a plan by priority and sequence.
  4. Assign responsibility for each task to ensure that each task behaves and knows what it needs to do.
  5. Remove obstacles before you begin

Inspiring people for when you have lost motivation

Did you know?

Check out these famous people who persevered through challenges.

  • Stephen King was broke, living in a trailer and working multiple jobs before becoming successful
  • Oprah overcame childhood trauma before moving her way up from local television to her own network
  • Colonel Sanders was sleeping in his car, and was rejected 1,000 times before finding his first business partner

TIP 4: Timeline

Tick Tock, Tick Tock

This clock will tell you when to start and stop

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Setting up your Timeline

  1. Your timeline is a tool to help you achieve your goal
  2. It should be flexible and adaptable to changes as you progress
  3. Break your goal into manageable chunks so you can track your progress as you go along the way
  4. Set deadlines for each step to keep you motivated and your goal on time
  5. Just for fun, you can create a visual representation of the goal using a tool such as ClickUp or Asana

TIP 5: Act

Did you know?

It takes over 2 million steps to walk from Chicago to New York

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How to take action one step at a time

The hardest step is always the first step when you step into the unknown, outside of your comfort zone. Here you will be vulnerable, and you may even fall down, but here is where growth happens and where dreams become reality. 

Steps to taking that first step:

  • Start small. Just like a drop of water can break a rock over time, small steps are the key to starting your goal.
  • Every day, every week, block time on your calendar to work on your goal and commit to it. 
  • Don’t underestimate the power of consistency. 17 minutes a day 7 days a week becomes 100 hours in a year. And, as the 100-hour rule states: you will become better at a given task than 95% of the population.

At this stage, you may feel fear and that’s normal. You’re taking a risk and setting yourself up to potentially fall. What sets the most successful people apart is that they embrace this risk; they embrace the possibility of falling because they view falling as an opportunity to learn and improve. As Ray Dalio says, “The challenges you face will test and strengthen you. If you’re not failing, you’re not pushing your limits, and if you’re not pushing your limits, you’re not maximizing your potential.” (p.153 from the book Principles)

TIP 6: Achieve

Keep going, you can do it, you are almost there, let’s go to the end!

Let’s talk about how we can stay on course.

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With any long-term goal, it’s important to stay motivated so you can complete your goal. These steps can help you stay motivated:

  • Celebrate each milestone. This will help you to stay motivated and acknowledge the progress you are making along the way. 
  • Take responsibility. It’s important to stay accountable. You can do this by having an accountability partner. Someone who checks in with you every week to see how your progress is going.
  • Reward yourself. Treat yourself to something you enjoy; a snack, an activity, or an outing. This will help keep you energized and on track. 

Remember nothing happens overnight and no goal is accomplished without effort. Everything worthwhile will have its challenging moments. But when you dig deep, remember your ‘why’ and keep going, you can achieve anything you set your mind to. And there is nothing more satisfying than overcoming challenges, becoming stronger, more confident and more capable than you thought possible.

TIP 7: Future / Reflection

What if you could predict the future, next time?

Well, now you can!

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What is a retrospective?A retrospective is a formal review that you conduct at the end of a project, task, or goal.
Why is it important?It allows you to reflect on your progress, learn from your experiences, and make improvements for the future.
How to do it?
  1. Reflect on your progress
  2. Identify areas for improvement
  3. Make a plan for the future, and
  4. Implement it to achieve your goals more effectively
Benefits of a retrospectiveA retrospective can help you celebrate your successes and reinforce the positive habits and behaviors that helped you achieve your goal. 


You may discover that you didn't allow yourself enough time to complete a task, or that you didn't have the necessary skills or resources to accomplish a certain goal.

Moving forward: Armed with this knowledge, you can adjust your approach and make changes to your timeline, strategy, or resources for future goals.

Bringing it all together on the home stretch, finally!

These 7-steps cover a lot of ground and you may be feeling overwhelmed or wondering how to start. So, let’s keep it simple. This article is a roadmap to help you have a mindset that is in line with achieving goals. Next, take the time to clearly define your goals according to the SMART acronym. Then, make a plan and take action. And to bring it home, continue to the end and follow-through.

Like anything in life, setting and achieving goals takes time and patience. And the most important step is the first one, your mindset. When you have a mindset that is positive, willing to make mistakes and learn, you can achieve whatever you set your sights on. 

If you’re wondering how to start, we have a meditation class, Success Meditation, that will help walk you through this process. This class will give you the clarity and confidence to put your plan into action. The best time to start is now, so let’s build your best life!

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