What are your short-term and long-term goals?
Where do you see yourself in five years?
We all know this dreadful question we get asked in interviews.
Some people answer it confidently and eagerly, knowing that they want to be the firm’s next junior partner.
Or they know they want to start a family and be a published author in the next three years.
Others, like myself in the past, would hear this question and start panicking immediately because we don’t have a fucking clue.
We don’t even know our plans for the upcoming weekend, how are we supposed to know what we want to do, or be in five years?
How DARE Susan asks that question!
Of course, though, we smile, and acknowledge how great of a question it is, and respond with some bullshit lie with the first thing that comes to mind.
We’ve all been there – well, I definitely have.
We don’t only get asked what our goals are in interviews, but we hear it from family and friends and even sometimes people we just met.
It often catches us off guard and makes us feel stumped – so unsure how to respond and quite frankly, annoyed by the question.
Here is how to learn to love goal setting and take action –
Goal setting shouldn’t be something that makes you nervous or something you dread.
Goals are what give us direction in life and help us stay organized and on track.
Most importantly, they are needed for us as humans to live a happier and more fulfilled life.
Whether big or small, goals help us grow, teach us lessons, and ultimately help us reach our final destination.
In simpler terms, goals help us get shit done.
Goals are exciting!
Say this out loud, write it down, or put in on a sticky note on your desk.
Get in your mind that your goals aren’t stupid or unreachable or never going to happen.
You can accomplish anything, but you have to be hungry for it and fight for it and be willing to push and dig.
I want to help you see your goals as an exciting opportunity for you to become the best possible version of yourself.
Start by asking yourself what your goals are?
Take a moment and think about what you want to accomplish?
Keep it simple for this exercise and to a maximum of three.
Your goals can be anything from running a marathon to buying a car and learning a new language.
Did you write your goals down?
Congratulations – you completed step one!
Now having goals and taking action on them are two completely different things.
How often have you heard your friend say they are going to do something, and it’s been years, and they have done nothing about it?
I am sorry to be the one to tell your friend, but that is not a goal, that is a wish.
Your ‘goal’ will continue to stay as a wish until you understand that nothing will happen until you know it is up to you.
Everyone Has A Day One
We all want that new car, or six-pack, or to travel the world, but we have to do the hard things first to get the fun part.
You’ve got to put in the long hours, make some sacrifices, and be willing to take risks.
Think about the goals that you have written down.
Break them down further into mini-goals.
Let’s say you want to save $10,000 to buy a car.
Break this into monthly or even weekly goals.
Maybe allowing yourself to only go out for dinner once a week, or take the bus instead of an Uber, to save $500 a month.
The small steps that we make may not seem significant at the moment, but it’s only when you start to move forward and take action on your goals where you will see how far you have come.
Think about it as rocks in a creek, and your goal is to get to the other side.
You’re not thinking how you will get to the other side in one jump, but planning how to get on that first rock, then the second, then the third, then over to the other side.
Your mini goals are the stepping stones to that final destination – the other side of the creek.
Grow By Stepping Outside Your Comfort Zone
Lastly, learn what works for you and your schedule.
Anything is possible if you want it, but you need to be realistic about how you are going to get there and how long it may take.
Most importantly, set a timeline that you know you can stick to, and you are comfortable with.
Also, write your goals down, put them on your calendar, or put them on a piece of paper and tape them to your wall.
If you work best digitally and know you don’t work well with agendas, then put it in your notes, set alarms, and set reminders. It’s time to make a plan and take action!
Thanks for reading – Learn To Love Goal Setting & Take Action
Through honesty, compassion, and real-life experiences, I help women learn how to be independent and confident.