Smart Start: Ways to Improve your Career and your Life

I know of one technique for you to become a sharpshooter. With it, you always score no less than a bullseye even if you shoot with a blindfold. It is foolproof and it can never fail, even if you can’t figure out your target.

I had tried this strategy. Not just with a slingshot. Or a bird rifle. But with life. And suddenly I found that hitting a target becomes easy. No sweat. You don’t even have to take aim. Just shoot. Whatever you hit, you call target. Whatever you reach, you call goal. And whenever you find yourself there, you insist you’re right on time. Well, I have a suggestion. If you wish to get more out of your career life, then junk this strategy.

Instead, plan what you intend to hit in the days ahead. Aim first before you shoot. That’s not quite easy but you can expect to get what you really want. And you don’t have to make do with whatever lot that crosses your way.

So, plan. Map out your own strategy. If you fail to plan, you plan to fail, so goes a saying. One possible reason why things don’t go according to plan is that there never was a plan. The more time you spend on planning your work, the easier time you’ll have working out your plan.

Things to consider in planning:

The Smart New Way to Get Hired: Use Emotional Intelligence and Land the Right Job1. Situation. Know where you are. Where you are is where you start. You cannot start from nowhere or somewhere else. A realistic evaluation of where you are should precede your decision to change something or nothing. You don’t need to change when you don’t know there is a need for change. Later on, your original situation could be a basis against which you measure your progress.
2. Target. Having determined where you are, you can now decide where you want to be. In other words, set your career goal change. Fix your target. This is important. For if you don’t know what you are trying to hit, how do you know when you hit it? How do you know you have reached your destination if you don’t know where you are going?
3. Process. Know how to get to where you want to be. Decide on the strategy of hitting your target, the course in reaching your goal.

A smart plan has smart characteristics, that a good objective is simple, measurable, attainable, result-oriented, and time-bounded. Now isn’t that s-m-a-r-t?

Simple. If the objective is stated in specific, plain, or understandable terms, then that’s it. I can’t simplify it any further.

Measurable. You must set a career plan that is quantifiable. That is, “to improve my career” is not so quantifiable as say, “to get a career.”

Attainable. When you set a goal, be sure that it is achievable. Perhaps we should mention here that there are reasonable as well as possible goals. Aim for more. Never settle for less.

Result-oriented. When setting an objective, focus more on what to do rather than how to do it. This also triggers your creativity, thus augmenting your stock of probable strategies to achieve your goal.

Time-bounded. Know when to expect to reach your goal. Set a deadline.

Now go over your plans. If you do not have any, then make one. Then do something about it. Right away!