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To Achieve Your Career Goals,
Define Your Mission
Dr. Greg Ketchum, 04/09/05
In order to succeed in your career you have to know
where you’re going and to know where you’re going you’ve
got to define your life’s mission. Taking the time now
to reflect on some basic questions about the purpose of
your life and writing out a “mission statement” can save
you a lot of trouble later on. You only need to watch
the movie, Jerry McGuire, to see what I’m talking about.
Let’s talk about how to write your own mission statement,
but first, here are some examples of critical mistakes
and benefits of defining and living by your mission.
3 Critical Mistakes
- Never get around to defining your mission.
- Not making it achievable or relevant to your life.
- Writing it down and then forgetting it.
3 Key Success Factors
- Keeps us from getting mired in the trivial of each
- Working at something that you’re passionate about
increases your success.
- Employers look for people who have a sense of purpose
Action steps to help you successfully define and live
by your mission.
- Take the Time to Reflect on Four Basic Questions:
What are my values, my talents, my purpose and my passions?
Write down your answers and then shape them into your
- Set Your Career Goals In Line With Your Mission:
Set some long and short term goals. Make decisions
around your career based on whether or not they line
up with your mission.
- Build in Weekly Review Time: Taking time each
week to review and reflect on your mission and goals
is a key element to your overall success. Don’t be afraid
to adjust your mission or goals where necessary.
If All Else Fails And You
Just Can’t Make Yourself Sit Down & Write
- Talk to a Friend: If you just can’t get yourself
to sit down and write your mission statement ask a friend
if they’d be willing to sit down and discuss the four
questions. Write down the results of your conversation.
You know what they say, if you don’t know where you’re
going any road will get you there.
If you’ve got work or career topics you’d like to see
us address, just send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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