What’s your dream?? I guess that’s the first thing we need to figure out, right?
When I was in third grade I wanted to be the first woman president! I clearly remember sitting outside after school on this long bench we used to sit on to wait for our parents, and telling all my friends that I was going to be the first woman president! What a goal, right?! The fact is, you can do anything you want, anything you put your mind to!
Even if your goal or dream is wild and to some may seem like a fantasy, you can look at it realistically and set goals to get there.
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Research the industry you want to be in. Whether it’s marketing, creative writing, financial, extreme sports or the circus! Google will be your best friend! Find out the most successful and top companies to work for. Research history on the industry and get to know it inside and out, top trends, statistics, anything you can find. For creative writing, what brands are hiring bloggers, what are they hiring them to write about? What are some other creative writing opportunities? For marketing, check out company’s websites. What services are they offering? What can you do off of their services list and what should you strive to learn more about? If sports are your direction, research who’s sponsoring individuals, what brands have teams and any information about them. I have goals in all sort of categories, some crazy and some not! I want to get certified for skydiving, so I’m learning about that right now!
Research who came before you, the who’s who of the industry. Read about the top earners and record-breakers in the history of your industry. If creative writing is your goal, research successful bloggers. For the circus, ringleaders and top acts of all time. In extreme sports, metal holders and MVPs for your favorite sport. Learn about their journey. If they are authors, buy their books and read! Learn what got them to where they are or were, and how they became successful. If they offer goals or tips, strive to implement them in your life. Don’t expect your journey to match theirs by any means, but you can pull great inspiration from them.
Follow those successful individuals and companies on all social media accounts. You will want to know what they are doing, their events, and focuses which should all show through their social media accounts. It’s important to also be active on their accounts by commenting, re-tweeting or re-posting.
Research educational opportunities for your industry. There are so many opportunities to educate yourself on pretty much anything! You just need to find out which one fits with your goal. Are degrees on your subject offered in college? Are there career technical education courses available or a specific school for your industry? Like Clown College? It’s a thing, right?? Do you need a trainer or instructor for the sport you’re interested in? Or can you hone your skills by watching YouTube videos?
Research networking opportunities and plan the ones you want to attend. Conventions are my favorite! Networking with other like-minded individuals is so important to the level of your success. They can offer feedback on your work and goals, inspiration, and great tips for you focused specifically on your industry and interests. If you find annual conventions that you would need to travel for, pick one or two you think fit best and get them on your schedule! These are probably some of the best networking opportunities for you because the big, annual ones that require traveling (hosts change each year and they usually go all-out to make sure their convention is considered the best yet) are usually very well attended and have the newest, most sought-after information.
You can start creating your goals from everything you learned by following the steps above! Separate them into long-term and short-term goals, prioritize. Break each goal down into a list of actionable items that will work towards meeting the goal.
Creating a vision board can be a great way to bring all your goals and inspirations to life and keep them in the front of your mind. Find out more about creating a vision board in “How-to: Create a Goal-Reachable Vision Board for 2018”.
Time Management is also key to accomplishing goals, read more in “How-to: Time Management for…Oh, Look! A Squirrel!!”
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