Have you ever thought about where you’d like to be in 5 years? 10 years? Setting long-term goals to make that vision a reality can be extremely beneficial. However, a lot of people get bogged down by their day-to-day lives and fail to develop a strategy to reach their objectives. And unfortunately, many of the things that are worth having require sustained effort, focus, and dedication over time.
Consider the lives of professional athletes—they didn’t just rise to success overnight. Instead, they set long-term goals and had to work toward them regularly to stand a shot at going pro. Naturally, this meant hours of daily practice, turning down social events, eating healthy, and engaging in a lot of mundane activities to strengthen their skills (drills, for example). And all of these activities were undertaken with no guarantee of professional success. However, they had a long-term vision and displayed commitment and focus toward turning it into a reality.
This type of dedication is no less important for business professionals. Whether you want to own your own company or be the next CTO at your current organization, commitment is required. In this 2-part series, we’ll advise you on how you can accomplish your long-term goals:
Determine Your Goals. First, it’s important to identify what your goals are. Start thinking about where you want to be personally and professionally in the next 5-10 years. You might want to set goals for the following areas of your life: career, relationships, health, hobbies, personal development, spiritual, and finances.
Write Them Down. Once you’ve developed your goals, write them down. Then, we recommend reading them on a daily basis so you’re frequently reminded of what you’re trying to achieve over the long-term.
So far, we’ve discussed long-term goal setting and why it is so important. In our next blog post of this series, we’ll talk about how you can practice self-regulation to make these goals a reality!