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Goal Setting: Finding Your Path and Sticking to It

School News Jul 20 2011

Guest Blogger Courtney Donadio, Director of Career Services

Congratulations on setting a goal! As a future professional in the beauty and wellness industry, you have chosen wisely to embark on a career that has unlimited potential. So, what’s next?

•    Define your goal: While the end result is important, it’s even more important to define your goal in the “big picture” sense. What are the steps you should take to reach your goal?

Have you:

  1. Defined your personal style and what that means to you in terms of where you see yourself?
  2. Researched potential employers?
  3. Visited the community you envision your dream job in?
  4. Defined your budget and an income that will sustain you during the first year of employment?

•    Break your goal down into smaller, more achievable immediate goals.

  1. Write down your goals
  2. Arrange them in order of importance. What works better for you-knocking out the small goals or tackling the difficult ones?
  3. Perfect each piece of your goals as you go along to mark your progression.

•    Be a solution-based person. While it is a huge attribute to be able to recognize problems, it’s even more important to be a part of the solution. An employee who has suggestions for how to make reasonable changes that benefit a company on the whole is a very valuable employee.

•    Anticipate challenges.

  1. What will you do if you are presented with a challenge?
  2. Do you have a backup plan?
  3. Who can you call for sound advice and emotional support? Select people who support your goals.

•    Celebrate your success! Try to celebrate something you have done to reach your goals EVERY DAY. Being a success isn’t always about the end result. The journey is equally as important. If you choose to celebrate some measure of success every day, you will feel a greater sense of purpose and accomplishment along the way.

“It’s important to have specific dreams. Dream Big. Dream without fear.”
— Randy Pausch

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