5 things to remember when setting goals

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Are you setting practical goals for yourself, or do you pledge to stick by a goal at the beginning of the year and forget it by March? If you have lost track of your goals, or you’re struggling to keep up with ones you have set, take comfort in the fact that it’s never to late to pick a goal and start running with it.

It’s impossible to understate the importance of goals and what they can do for your career.

Sticking with the goals that challenge you and make you become a better professional is hard. It’s everyday and that can be absolutely draining.

So before you start developing your own goals, keep these five things in mind.

Keep your goals realistic.  You can’t start your first day on the golf course and then expect to be a superintendent by the end of the month. It takes time, dedication and perseverance. If you set realistic goals, you will be more likely to succeed and those successes will give you the drive you need to create new ones. It’s also important to note that you shouldn’t stretch yourself too thin. Keep your goal list short, to the point and within the realm of reason.

You need passion behind those goals. If you don’t love your goals, you aren’t going to get the results you want. Whether your goal is a stepping stone to something greater, or it’s for the big one, when you’re passionate about your goals you’re going to want to give it your all.

Be strategic. Get thinking of ways your goals could help you stand out. Find resources *cough, cough* our magazine is pretty great for that *cough, cough,* that will help your grow professionally. Perhaps one of your goals could be to learn more about new products or techniques. You could then share those and present yourself as an authority figure on certain issues.

Make it a daily ritual. It’s difficult to stick to your goals, because most of your goals won’t be achieved overnight. You will need to fight for them everyday. You don’t need to create charts and write in journals (unless that is your thing, then by all means, have at it), but you do need to be aware of what you’re fighting for, so to speak.

Challenge yourself. Setting a goal that you know you can achieve easily is a goal not worth having. Goals that challenge you are the ones that will be the most rewarding.

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