When you consider your career path and the benchmarks you want to reach in your professional journey, you may think in terms of goals. It’s good to have specific goals for yourself in your career, but things change, and you may find that previous goals no longer align with your current projected path. This is why goals can be fluid and adjustable, but your standards should never be.
Your standards are the guiding principles for how you live and the decisions you make. While your goals can and likely will change, who you are should not. Instead of over stressing about what goals you need to succeed in your career, maybe you should consider the standards you have that will help determine how you conduct yourself, treat others and decide on what’s truly important. Asking the following questions may help you identify your standards:
• What is most important to you in your personal life?
• What do you value in your career?
• Do you prioritize your family and loved ones over your career?
• How do you want to be seen by others?
• How do you want to treat others?
• Where does your job rank on your list of most important things in life?
• Who do you look up to most?
• What character traits do you want to improve or cultivate in your life?
The standards you set for yourself will actually inform your goals. It’s possible to be a person with high standards and good moral character who wants to succeed in specific ways in his or her career. However, there may be situations where you have to make a choice between a certain step in your career and the standards you’ve set in your life. Your goals may not really have an impact on who you are a person, but your standards likely will.
As you consider your goals for the upcoming new year, don’t forget to outline your personal and professional standards as well. No matter what career or financial goals you want to accomplish in 2021, how you treat people and the type of person you are is more important than any of those things.
By Meagan Kerlin for Vertu Marketing LLC