Ready? So think about where you want to be in 5 years, 3 years, 2 years, 1 year and six months. And that is where you will begin; with the question “Where do I want to be in 5 years?” Start with the big picture and work your way backwards. Most peopole know what their big picture, lofty goals are, so, start there first.
If you are not quite sure where you want to be in five years, write this question at the top of your paper “What would I choose to be doing in five years if I knew that I could not fail?” Still don’t know? We have a brainstorming workshop that might help. It is online and it’s free. Click here to access it.
Once you know where you want to be in five years, write down your five year aspiration. Make it as clear as possible. “In five years, I will be rich” is too vague. Write the date and the position or outcome you will achieve in five years.
Next, write how you will achieve your five year goal and give it a time frame. There are steps, you know. The chances of you going from entry level to corporate officer by taking one giant leap are pretty slim. So you’re going to write down where you need to be, the goals that you will have to achieve, each year to reach your 5 year goal. Write the actual year. Instead of writing “In four years I am…” write “In 20xx I am… Write your steps all the way back to the 6 month goal.
These “I am” goals are the outcome goals for which you will write process goals.
Take your time to think each step through. If your fifteen minutes are up, come back to it tomorrow. When you are done with five years worth of “I am” goals, it’s time to get down to the details. But first, read theses tips to help you get started