Career Goal Reset – Week 2: Your Game Plan – Goals, Priorities, and the Roadmap to Success

July is always an excellent month for goal resetting! In last week’s post, we dug into the “why” behind our ambitions and values. It’s time to get tactical and map out the “how.” This week is about transforming your dreams into actionable steps, ensuring they’re not just wishes but actual plans.

Brainstorming Your Goals – Let Your Imagination Run Wild

First, grab your notebook (or open that note-taking app) and jot down every goal that pops into your head. Don’t hold back! Write down your career aspirations, health goals, financial dreams, creative projects, personal growth… whatever it is. This is your chance to brainstorm without limits.

SMART Goals: Make Them Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-Bound

Now, let’s refine that list – because, let’s face it, not every goal is created equal. Take each goal and put it through the SMART test:

  • Specific: “Get in shape” is vague. “Run a 5k in under 30 minutes” is specific.
  • Measurable: How will you know you’ve achieved it? Numbers, milestones, etc. E.g. 1k week 1, 2k week 2, 4k week 3.
  • Achievable: Be realistic. It’s great to be ambitious, but set yourself up for success.
  • Relevant: Does this goal align with your values and overall vision?
  • Time-Bound: Set a deadline. “By December 31st,” not “someday.”

Prioritise using the Eisenhower Matrix

We all have limited time and energy. That’s where the Eisenhower Matrix comes in. It helps you decide what’s truly important and urgent:

  • Urgent and Important: Do these tasks first (e.g., deadlines, crises).
  • Important but Not Urgent: Schedule time for these (e.g., planning, relationship building).
  • Urgent but Not Important: Delegate if possible (e.g., interruptions, some meetings).
  • Not Urgent and Not Important: Eliminate these distractions!

Rank your goals based on their position in this matrix. This will give you a clear picture of what needs immediate attention.

Short-Term vs. Long-Term: The Balanced Approach

Some goals are sprints, others are marathons. Categorizing them helps with planning:

  • Short-Term Goals: Within the next few weeks or months. These are stepping stones.
  • Long-Term Goals: Months or years away. They provide direction and motivation.

Alignment Check and Resource Assessment

Before moving on, ask yourself:

  • Do these goals align with my core values? If not, why am I pursuing them?
  • What resources (time, money, skills) do I need to achieve each goal?

Your Goal Roadmap: Milestones and Deadlines

Think of this as your GPS for success. Break down each goal into smaller milestones, set deadlines for each milestone, and track your progress.


Goal: Write a novel

  • Milestone 1: Outline completed by (date)
  • Milestone 2: First draft finished by (date)
  • Milestone 3: Revised draft complete by (date)

…and so on.

Your Journey Begins!

Remember, goal-setting is an ongoing process. Don’t be afraid to adjust your roadmap as you go. Celebrate your wins, learn from your setbacks, and most importantly, enjoy the journey of becoming the best version of yourself. Each step you take towards your goals is a step towards a brighter future, so embrace the process and stay motivated.

Next week: We’ll tackle the obstacles that stand in your way and strategies for staying motivated. Stay tuned!

Are you still feeling overwhelmed by your career ambitions?

You’re not alone. I specialise in helping executives like you clarify their vision, create actionable plans, and achieve the results they desire. Let’s talk about your specific goals and see how coaching can support your journey.

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