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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. 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.