Written by Kal Malik
I am a big believer in setting a goal or goals.
Like any subject there are advantages and disadvantages to everything. A big advantage of NOT setting a goal is that you should be content and happy with exactly where you are in your life. After all, if you didn’t have any goal in mind then your current situation in work, relationship, health or whatever is as good as any other, right?
You can set a goal in any area of life however in this article I am going to talk specifically about a goal as it relates to your career.
Your current situation is irrelevant to the question of whether “now” is the time to set a goal or goals. The answer to this question is always yes.
In the beginning there was a goal.
Whether you are in the midst of a career, beginning a job or looking for a job, your first concern should be your goal.
“My goal is…to get a job!”
This is an admirable goal however if you think about it this isn’t often the “real” goal. An underlying goal might be to get money, which itself might have others underlying it.
To get to the root (or rather a useful root) is to ask the “why?” question a few times.
- Why do I want a job? To pay the bills
- Why do you want to pay the bills? To have a feeling of security
And so on…
Most, if not all goals end in a why that is a “feeling”, the most common of which is “that it will make me feel good”.
Along the way
Imagine you are in a job or indeed you may be in a job, what is “your” goal that the job must/should fulfil?
- Must it let you leave on time so that you can spend quality time with your family? Or to pursue personally fulfilling projects of your own?
- Must it provide feelings of satisfaction and of being valued?
- Must it provide fun and enjoyment?
What goal or goals have you or can you set for this position that you have imagined? Consider this, whomever you work for has a “quid pro quo” ie something for something policy. They are not here for your benefit alone, thus it is fair to have a similar policy of your own too.
The “I gave my soul to the company and they did x…” feeling is a result of not understanding (and implementing) the QPQ law. This is nothing to do with loyalty, it is to do with realism.
Where exactly are you heading? “In one year, five years or ten years I want…” What is your goal for the medium term future?
“I want to be local area manager within five years” is a good goal to have but this is a goal within the work place. What goals do you have that work/career can/will leverage? For example…
“Currently I live in the United Kingdom but I want to move and live in New York, USA. The companies that I apply to work for must have an office in America too and they must have examples of where people have moved from working in the UK to the USA.”
Do you see how my current activity (ie looking for work) has my own built in goal orientation? And if I get a job and they are not looking like they will move me to the States then I will have two options…
- Bail – get out of the boat
- Change my goal
Both of these are acceptable at any point and must be done – otherwise you live in a world of unfulfilled goals – which is emotionally painful and doesn’t have to be the case at all.
What to do
This is rather odd, because most people tend to look at what they have got and then create a goal based on that information. Forget that idea, all of us have some (many) limiting beliefs about our resources and abilities so we might as well just ignore that and assume an infinitely resourceful place.
Don’t think about it, just grab a sheet and write down a list of things you want to be, do or have, anything at all.
- Write a book, become a singer, be a radio presenter, be a fantastic parent/partner, a stage comedian, a circus clown, a famous traveller…
Once you have done this, narrow it down a bit to a “definite” list.
Ok now, you have some idea of a goal that you want to achieve. The next phase is to figure some of the requirements that go with such goal (or goals). For example some may require certain knowledge, others might require more or less time or a particular skill or environment.
This list of requirements is something that you can now match to your current or new career/job.
For example, my goal strategy could read as follows…
I am a computer programmer who has a goal of writing a book. I might send speculative CV’s to publishing houses or I might contract out my services to authors who want websites done.
Do you see how this works? It boils down to this. The answer to the question of “what’s in it for me?” should not be money alone, it should be much more than that, but you won’t know what else unless you know your goal.
Many years ago a teacher of mine told me that work should be 80% about what they provide…eg money, good environment, healthcare, friendly atmosphere, career progression etc. and 20% about what it provides to meet your personal goal.
I think that is a fair quid pro quo, don’t you?
Kal Malik is a renowned author, teacher and speaker in the fields of personal/spiritual development, holistic therapies and para-psychology.
For the last twenty years, Kal has been a parapsychological investigator and explorer. As a result of his extensive study and experience in this domain Kal has taught parapsychology for the last 12 years and regularly speaks on related subjects.
Kal has written 10 books on holistic therapies and just finished, “Active Enlightenment – How to Create Miracles”.
Kal holds degrees in Information Technology, Psychology and a Masters in Artificial Intelligence. He is a qualified teacher, holistic therapist, a certified NLP practitioner, life coach, Reiki master and a practitioner of energy harmony. There is more information on his website Original Purity
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