Your quality of life depends on numerous factors. Of course, your professional success really can be a big part of how happy you are with your life, but you should aim to have a well-rounded life that is aspirational, full of different types of hobbies, leisure activities, family and friends, and an interesting life. All these different aspects of your life feed into each other and one area where you can really benefit from a positive approach in all areas of your characteristics and willingness to learn is through your personal goal setting on a professional basis.
Gone are the days where there was a very clear and defined line of progression throughout a single career. Since the economic crash over ten years ago there are no longer any real guarantees in business, and as a result the next generations after the crash began to see that a professional life should be fulfilling in several was, and that there should be challenges and innovation sought as you move through a career.
No matter how you look at it though, the only way the vast majority of professionals succeed is by setting a clear framework of personal professional goals that can be worked towards. It does not matter what that long-term goal or journey looks like, just that there is one. It’s what drives us forward to improve our skills and attributes as we move through our career. If you can build skills that serve you well in other aspects of your life and can be transferred into different job roles and careers, even better.
It is important to have long-term goals but you should never feel like you are being weighed down by them. The best pathway to success in terms of setting professional personal goals is to figure out exactly what you want for your career. This could be to remain in gainful employment for a set period of time within one role, to become a manager, or to own and run your own business. There should be no limit on your ambitions.
Once you have decided this you can begin to research exactly what you would need to do to reach those goals. What type of skills would you benefit from learning? What qualifications do you need to acquire in order to make those next steps?
Finding out the criteria to improve is important, as then you can put in place short-term targets, annual goals and data analysis to review where you are at each year, and long-term targets to work towards. Everything should feed into each other, with professional training courses providing you with the nuts and bolts of general life skills and attributes to improve upon, but also specific professional training courses aimed at helping you within your unique career.
As long as you remain positive, keep focused and determined, and have a clear pathway to where you want to end up, you can stay loose and calm as you learn and improve on individual skills that will ultimately benefit your career.