Continued from page 1
Writing your goals down is a good first step. Then you need to take action! The sooner you take action, better. Maybe it's enrolling in a class. Or signing up to attend first networking event. Even if action you take is small compared with all that needs to be done to achieve your goal, it will get you one step closer and psychologically make you feel more committed.
If you simply resolve to make changes or achieve things but don't have any timeline set to your goals, you run risk of getting lazy and procrastinating. Set up a plan with deadlines to reach on a regular, perhaps monthly, basis. Then make sure to update your plan if a deadline is missed so that subsequent deadline doesn't become impossible to meet.
Getting yourself to change behavior is hard - even if it's something you really want. When it comes to changing behaviors, it's helpful to think of yourself as a coach. A coach will push you hard when he knows you can do better. But if you work really hard and give 100%, he'll also reward you for a job well done. Any achievement plan should also include incentives and rewards. For example, if you hate public speaking but realize you have to improve your skills to get a better position, you might commit to treat yourself to ice cream whenever you deliver a speech for your public speaking class.
Scott Brown is the author of the Job Search Handbook (http://www.JobSearchHandbook.com). As editor of the HireSites.com weekly newsletter on job searching, Scott has written many articles on the subject. He wrote the Job Search Handbook to provide job seekers with a complete yet easy to use guide to finding a job effectively.