Goals Setting. We talked a lot about that topic in December and January on this blog (and countless other business blogs) because goals are vitally important to reaching the top. If you want to reach achieve your dreams, you have to define what defines success. But then you need to take action, and continue to make adjustments along the way.
Think about it this way: If you were flying on a commercial jet from Los Angeles to Honolulu, you would want your pilot to have a clear definition of success. To just take off and "fly west" might get you toward Hawaii....but look at the map, there is a whole lot of blue out there. The pilot needs to have a goal and execute on achieving that goal or you could end up in the Pacific Ocean.
Fortunately, pilots do know where they are going and how to get there. What about you in regards to your career? You not only need goals, but you need to do things everyday that move you toward those goals.
Many professionals get caught up in doing their daily work for their clients and hide behind paperwork, billable hours and the facade of success. However, many of these people are not enjoying their work, and are not expanding for the future. If this sounds like you (and it has been true for me), you have the power to break out of your cell. But only by taking new actions will you see new results.
I have never understood why so many of us think we can keep doing things the same way...and just HOPE for better results. Better results require better actions. You need a plan, and then you need to execute on achieving your plan.
Nike got it right: JUST DO IT.
Have A Great Day.