How to Achieve Career Goals

It’s always good to set goals within your career. Whether your goal is to get a promotion, expand your knowledge, make a bigger profit or find an entirely new career path, goals focus your energy and keep you motivated. However, it’s important not to dwell too much on goals or put yourself down when you don’t achieve them. Sometimes we fail, and that’s OK. But, of course we’d rather achieve our career goals when possible. So, how can we do that?


Motivate yourself

Achieving goals is all about self-motivation. When you’re determined, you can do whatever you set your mind to. Being motivated means working hard, pushing yourself and not giving up. Most people who set goals are naturally motivated, but to become more so you might need a push every now and then. If you work from home you could use motivational messages or signs (like those from to remind you of your goal and push you forward. Alerts and reminders can help, too. Do whatever you need to motivate yourself.


One of the key ways to achieve your goals is to prioritize. We aren’t superheroes and we can’t do everything all the time. Prioritizing can be difficult because we all have busy lives and don’t want to miss anything, especially if we have children who are growing up quick. While it’s never advised to shut yourself away and make work your entire focus, if you have a significant career goal that you want to meet, you may well have to sacrifice something. The key is to sit down and work out exactly how to prioritize – and if that means not going to your book club for a few weeks, so be it. Just make sure you factor in time for your family and friends.

Make them realistic

While it’s great to be ambitious, the best way to achieve your goals is to make them realistic. It’s no good to set a goal that’s never going to happen – that’ll only make you lose confidence in yourself and your abilities. The key is to start small with your goals and not set too many at once. After you’ve got into the flow of reaching your goals and you feel confident in yourself, then you can make them a bit more significant. You’ll become addicted to the feeling of achievement and you’ll be hooked on success.

Be specific

It’s important to be specific when setting goals. Otherwise, we can become muddled and not know if we’ve achieved them. In fact, we enter this grey area where we find loopholes for our success, or lack of it. For example, if the goal is to simply “earn more money” how will you know when you’ve done so? After the first dollar? Or hundred? Or thousand? Alternatively, if your goal is to “earn 10% more than last month” then this is something you can actively achieve. Knowing that there are boundaries within your goals will make you want to reach them and you’ll feel so great when you do. If not, there’s always next month.