7 Steps To Achieve Your Career Goals

Many people set career goals at various stages throughout their adult life. Career goals are very easy things to set. On the other hand, actually completing them and being rewarded with that feeling of satisfaction that comes with completing them is nowhere near as common. Many people claim to have the answer about how to set and achieve career goals. I do not claim to have that answer, what I have is the seven steps that I took, that enabled me to get where I wanted to be in my life. I hope that by illustrating these, you will be closer to recognizing the steps that you need to take, to get to where you want to go.

Step 1

If you have a list of twenty different things that you kind of want to achieve than you are unlikely to the majority of them. We are often influenced by what other people want from us or what we feel we should be achieving. Such goals are not concrete and they are simply one of the obstacles stopping you from completing what your real goals are. Forget about what you should want and what others want from you. Make a short list of what it is that YOU want and where YOU want to be in the future.

Step 2

We all want to be millionaires and movie stars. It probably isn’t going to happen. If you are currently making forty grand a year, making eighty next year is pretty unlikely. It’s sad but true. Remove all unrealistic career goals. Attempting them only leads to failure and takes time away from what can be spent going after realistic career goals.

Step 3

Don’t go it alone. When on the road to success, it is not unusual to encounter minor failures. These can be difficult to pick yourself up from. It is important to have someone that you can discuss these failures with and who will help you to remain positive. It can be somebody you work with or just some guy or gal you regularly go for a pint with. You just need to have somebody.

Step 4

Be prepared to try multiple different ways of achieving what you want. There are many different ways to get where you want to go, if you are encountering a particular road block over and over again, be prepared to take a different route. If you have been working and working for a promotion but are obviously not going to get it where you are then going to a different company in order to get is not giving. This is not failure. Staying at the same company and never getting the promotion, that’s failure.

Step 5

Face your fears. Failure can be scary. Attempting to succeed can be terrifying as it not only can lead to you failing to succeed at what you are trying but losing what you have already won. This is in some ways related to the example above. Going to work for a new company is a risk. Perhaps your previous successes have left you in a comfortable position there. Perhaps going to the new company will leave you far worse off. When faced with fear that needs to be overcome in order to achieve my career goals. I always ask myself one thing. Am I happy where I am? When the answer is clearly no, I realise that I must take action and that in some ways I don’t actually have that much to lose.

Step 6

Don’t be a perfectionist. If you constantly look for failure in everything that you do, you will find it. The second richest man alive could have been the richest man on the planet if he had just tried a little harder. If you have achieved some of your career goals but not all of them, instead of wallowing and moaning about what you have not yet achieved, recognise the success in what you have achieved and keep fighting.

Step 7

Take responsibility. Your personal success is your personal responsibility. Perhaps your boss wouldn’t recognise talent if it punched him right in his self satisfied face. This cannot be controlled but what you do about it can be. What you do in the face of stupid people is your responsibility, blaming them for your failure will get you nowhere.

Taking responsibility for your own personal success may mean learning a new craft or getting educated in the industry you’re in. Choose a subject you can apply to any professional setting. Consider taking the time to research mba online programs where you can find a variety of course that will provide you with a better business sense.

In conclusion, I believe that everyone needs to find their own techniques for achieving what they want. I believe that self help books were written for nothing but personal profits. I offer you these steps because they worked for me and I hope that in reading them, you will be closer to finding your own.

How to Start an Internet Business in 5 Steps

There are multiple different ways in which you go about setting up an Internet business. Which you choose will of course depend largely upon both the type of business you wish to create and the funds that you have at your disposal when you start. As I have written other articles for this site based on what types of business there are, I will not go into that in too much detail. Instead for the purposes of this explanation, I will assume that you have a particular product that you wish to sell and you wish to do so online. I will now outline the steps that are required.

The first thing you are going to need of course is a website. And before you can build your website you are going to need a name it. There are many avenues of thought upon how to choose the best domain name and they are too complex to go into here. The main things that you need to know are that it should be easy to remember and it should give a reasonable enough explanation as to what the site does.

The next thing that you need to do is design the site. Your options here are very much dependent on both your own knowledge of design and again the funds that you have at your disposal. Research has proven that consumers like to buy things off of shiny sites therefore if you have the funds, it can be a good idea to get yourself a professionally designed site and logo. At the same point however, when setting up any form of new venture digging yourself a mountain of debts that have to be paid off before a profit is turned is never exactly a good thing, therefore if funds are low or the future profitability of the site is unsure, try to invest as little as possible at this stage.

Once you have a website that can sell your goods, the next step of course is to get people to go to it. After all you can have the smartest site in the world with the perfect product, if nobody is aware of it, its not going to make you very much money. There are various means available online through which you can advertise your site and its product to potential customers. The first of course is to pay for your site to be advertised. On of the most popular means of course is pay per click advertising the most popular of which is Ad words; this is of course offered by Google.

The idea here is that Google places ads on both its search results and on other sites related to your product (it pays commission to the owners of those sites). Then for each person that clicks on one of those ads and goes to your site, you pay Google an already agreed amount. This is agreed upon by many to be the easiest means of getting visitors to your site, a fact proven by the fact that both small businesses and conglomerates use the system to get customers to their site.

So you know have a website that sells your products and people that are visiting said site with an interest in your type of product. The only thing that remains to be seen is whether they actually want to buy from you. Now is probably a bad time to mention that 75 percent of all small businesses fail during their first year. However one of the great things about setting up an online business is that they can be done for minimal financial investment. Provided like I said at the start of the articles you keep your costs down, there is nothing wrong with a little initial failure. If the road was straightforward, there would be far more traffic.

6 Ways To Boost Productivity Levels

Many people like to keep themselves busy; it seems to be the perfect excuse to not get a whole lot done each day. While there are many jobs that, such an attitude will continue to get you paid, there are very few where it will lead to you progressing up the career ladder. And if you happen to be in self employment or working on any sort of freelance basis, then you are wasting nobodies time but your own. Here are my top six ways to improve your productivity while working plus one way to be more productive in your regular life.

Remove Distractions

Distractions are one of the key killers of productivity levels. From background noise to constant interruptions, if you wish to really increase your productivity levels you need a space where you are free to work. If you are required to work in a noise environment, where ear plugs. If you are required to work around co workers, inform them that you do not like being interrupted. If you are able to do any part of your job at home, set up a small working area where you can have some peace and quite.

Remove non productive activities

There are many things that we do on a daily basis that keep us busy but don’t actually involve us getting anything of value done. Take a note of the ten activities that you do most often throughout your working week and assess which of them actually leads to results. One of the best examples is starting each day by checking your emails. Spam actually doesn’t waste as much time as you would think. The main killer is regular enquiries from co workers and customers that do not benefit you. There is a delete button for a reason.

Timing

Do you ever notice that you are particularly productive at a certain time of the day? This is not in fact your imagination; it is very common to be better at certain things at certain times. Figure out when you get the most done and then do the things that are most time consuming at those times. If you find yourself tired in the evenings do the activities that require the least thought at this time and vice versa.

Eat, sleep and take breaks

Many people think that by sleeping a little less and taking shorter breaks they will get more done, this could not be further from the truth. You need a good nights sleep to be at your best and without adequate breaks your mind simply will not function as effectively as it could. An extra hour in bed and an extra five minutes for your lunch can actually be highly beneficial as well as reducing the risk of you having a heart attack from rushing around all the time.

Do one thing at a time

Multi tasking is a word that people love to throw about the place and brag about but there is actually plenty of research out there that illustrates that people get far less done when they actually do it. Simply concentrate on a single task at a time, complete it and then move on. Constantly bouncing from one thing to another generally provides a lot of room for procrastination and it greatly reduces your ability to effectively concentrate on what you are doing.

Stay off the Internet.

Almost all jobs nowadays involve the use of a computer. And while computers allow tasks to be performed highly efficiently, they also offer endless ways to be distracted. Simply browsing the internet for a couple of minutes isn’t a big deal until you realise you are doing it about ten times a day. Therefore if you have work to do that doesn’t actually require being online, try to do it on a computer that isn’t connected.

Productivity Levels Outside of Work: Do everything in Bulk

Though the financial incentive may not be there, increasing your productivity levels outside of work can leave you with far more time to do what you actually enjoy. One of the easiest ways to free up more of your time is to shop, bank and cook in bulk. Do all of your shopping and banking for each week in a single trip and this will greatly reduce the amount of time you spend queuing and driving about the place. Remember that cooking five meals often requires pretty much the same effort as cooking one.