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Do you find it difficult to set objectives that suit you, that are realistic and achievable? It's actually not that difficult at all. You just have to know what you should and shouldn't do. Rest assured, you too can learn. Below you'll find some tips that will help you in formulating concrete achievable objectives.

1. Where Do I Want to be in 1 Year?

Start with the question: "Where do I want to be in my career in 1 year?" Let this question sink in before you start writing. It can be difficult to find out what you really want. Write down everything that comes to mind.

2. Set your objectives

Determine your objectives based on your answers. Write down your objectives. It doesn't matter if you use pen and paper, a computer or even your smartphone for this. But write them down in your career plan, because otherwise they are too easily forgotten by the issues of the day. This way you have a powerful reminder for yourself and a 45% chance that you'll reach your objectives.

3. Maximum of 5 objectives

Keep the number of objectives you set at a maximum of 5 objectives. Because more objectives results in loss of focus and unrest, which reduces the chance that you'll achieve your objectives. So ... don't.

4. Break your objectives into small steps

The secret to getting ahead and achieving your objectives is breaking up your objective into small bite-sized sub-objectives. Because big objectives are often overwhelming and make you stumble along the way.

5. Formulate objectives with which you can start immediately

It's of course wonderful to dream away and set fantastic objectives for the long term. But it's better to keep both feet on the ground and to formulate objectives that you can get started with right now.

6. Don't place the let too high, making your objective inaccessible

Your objectives should get you out of your comfort zone, but they shouldn't be too big and overwhelming. Because if you have to step out of your comfort zone to reach your objectives, chances are that your fears will win. Then it probably feels way too scary and you're very quickly back in your safe comfort zone and your objective isn't achieved.

7. Check whether your objective really fits your current situation

Do your objectives really match your wishes and desires? Are you sufficiently motivated to go for it 100%? Be honest and don't be fooled. Because if you aren't sufficiently motivated, it might be better to stop now. That way you save yourself a lot of frustration.

8. Share your plans and objective(s) with others

Talk to me about your partner, friend or colleagues. And use the exact formulation as you wrote it down. Involvement of others helps you to set clear objectives. They make your blind spots visible.

If you apply these tips when setting your objectives, you'll be fine.

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