Set Better Career Goals: A Step-by-Step Guide


In my previous article, I explained the benefits of setting your professional goals in the opencollaboratively and transparently, so others could enrich the process. And earlier in the year, I provided my perspective on performing your professional self-assessments the same way. Now I’d like to offer my preferred process for making all this work.

Whatever goal setting methodology you choose (be it SMART, OKRs, or something else), approach the process as its own project in a transparent and collaborative way. In other words, treat the goal setting process as its own project, just like you would the work toward the goals themselves.

Start with where you are

Before stating your wild goals for the future, first build an understanding of where you are now. This way you’ll be able to chart a clear path from here to your ideal future state—that is, once you’ve identified your goals.