Goal Setting, Part 2

by Caroline

In my last post, I discussed the importance of goal setting and how to set effective goals (Remember: S.M.A.R.T.). In this post, I wanted to show you examples of how I have set small goals for myself that have allowed me to accomplish a bigger one.

Example Goal #1: Run a half-marathon.

While the idea of running a half-marathon (or marathon) can be intimidating, the goal seems easier to achieve when you break it up into smaller, sub-goals that together will help you achieve your larger goal.

Mini Sub-goals:

  1. Choose a training plan. Hal Higdon has some great ones for a variety of distances and all skill levels.
  2. Research proper training methods. Runner’s World, Active, and Cool Running have great information for beginners and veterans alike.
  3. Focus on one long-run at a time. Don’t worry about the 12 miler coming up in a few weeks, focus on the 5 miler that you have this upcoming Sunday and have confidence that you will be prepared for the 12 miler when the time comes.
  4. Stay healthy. Eat foods that nourish your body. Warm up before a run, stretch, ice and foam roll after. Adhere to rest days.

Example Goal #2: Find a job.

Mini Sub-goals:

  1. Update resume. If your resume is perfect, it makes it a lot easier to apply to jobs when they pop up without much delay.
  2. Take a career assessment and narrow down career fields and industries interested in.
  3. Visit Career Center. There are so many resources available to you at a Career Center. Set aside some time to go discover what they have to offer.
  4. Make a list of accomplishments. This will allow you to have a better idea what career field you may be interested in. It will also make answering behavioral questions in an interview that much easier.
  5. Register with Monster.com, Careerbuilder.com, Simplyhired.com, and the like. These websites have a wide range of job postings. They also have the option of emailing you postings that fit your profile.
  6. Create a LinkedIn profile. Network. Set up informational interviews with alumni and friends.  Ask around and tell people you’re looking. Attend as many events as possible.

What large goal were you able to achieve through mini goals?

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~ by freshinkblog on January 26, 2011.

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