Be SMART, set goals

calendar08 May 2016

Kathy Freeman's avatar Kathy Freeman

Be SMART, set goals

What is it you really want to do? Many of us know what our dream job would be but have no idea how to make it a reality. Thinking about it can be incredibly overwhelming and can leave you seriously doubting your abilities.

There will have been times during her training, when Jessica Ennis felt the same but her sheer determination and ability to set herself goals led her to achieving gold in the 2012 London Olympics. Setting yourself a series of realistic, achievable goals will help you get to where you want to be.

A toddler learns to walk with one step at a time – achieving your dream is no different. Set yourself tasks every week and push yourself to complete them. Whether it’s researching the field you’d like to work in, or beginning to fill in a few application forms, making sure you have constant goals to complete will bring you one step closer to achieving your ambitions.

Think ‘SMART’ when setting your goals; Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Time-bound, that is. It will help you get focused and you are much more likely to achieve with these factors in mind. Unless you have a superhuman ability to remain constantly enthused, the chances are you will find it hard to stay motivated at all times.

Unfortunately, most of the time motivation must be pursued and it’s up to you to get inspired. Whether it’s finding quotes from business entrepreneurs such as Sir Alan Sugar, or researching stats to inspire you to help the causes you’re passionate about, there are many ways to seek motivation.

No matter what field you want to work in, the likelihood is you’ll have to start from the bottom. Be realistic – don’t expect to dive straight into your dream job. Whether it’s putting in a few volunteer hours at the animal shelter you’d love to someday manage, or getting a job which will simply help you gain enough money to start your own business, it’s important to focus on that long-term goal. Looking ahead will help you remain positive and bring more enjoyment to what you’re doing.

If you struggle to set goals, aren’t sure what field you’d like to work in or even where to begin looking for jobs, don’t worry. You’re not alone. Finding the right job isn’t easy, and can be a daunting process but CAP Job Clubs are here to help. They will teach you vital skills whether it’s building confidence or communicating with employers. Meeting in small groups, CAP Job Clubs will support and encourage you as your search for employment begins.

For more information check out or to book your place call 0800 328 0006.

Written by Kimberley Taylor

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