How to succeed in your career by focusing on goals based on your mission and values
If you want to succeed in your career, you will. It is as simple as that. But wishes are not limousines and therefore, not everybody can get to drive away in luxury.
It then follows that you need to have that burning desire to succeed for a start. Then, you go through the right steps and, sure as it shows in winter, you will make a brilliant success of your career.
For the purpose of clarity, the key words in this article are goals, mission and values. Let us proceed to discuss each one in turn.
If you don’t have a dream, how can you have a dream come true?’ These are the words of Paul Valery and these words are also true about goals. As a career minded person, the first thing you should do is set goals for yourself. Set specific goals and be realistic about your goals. Write down your goals and make it clear at which point in your life you intend to reach those goals. If you are working towards your goals, you need to plan your goals have your annual goals, your goals in the next five years, your goals in the next ten years and your goals at the end of your working career. Specify these goals and do whatever it takes (within reason) to actualize these goals.
If your mission is at cross purposes with the mission of the establishment you work for then something is seriously wrong. You see, your job is your identity. Therefore, work for your employer with all the skill, loyalty and diligence that you can muster. If you do this religiously, you will he pleasantly surprised to find that you have also worked for yourself.
Now, this is the tricky part. We all know that big business organizations are not exactly saints. The same thing is true of certain government agencies. If for any any reason, your sense of values seriously does conflict with the expectations of your employer, resign your appointment and go elsewhere. You will not starve and you will not die. Instead, you will find that there are other organizations out there looking out for an individual with your ethics and your values. These organizations will be happy to employ you and give you a new lease on life.
Remember that Abraham Lincoln had a reputation as Honest Abe’. This unusual honesty, for which Mr. Lincoln was famous, did not do him any harm. On the contrary, it did him a whole lot of good as he eventually became the president of the United States of America.
Finally, have a role model and use that individual’s life as a guide to live your own corporate life. Career success in any endeavor is not a stroll in the park. But with right goals, the right ethics and the right values, you can achieve your mission.