A well-known study of Harvard students ten years after graduation showed that those who had specific goals made three times the annual salary of average Harvard graduates. However, this number was increased exponentially by those graduates who had taken an extra step. The graduates who had specific written goals made ten times the average amount in annual salary! Although money is definitely not the sole measure of success, this study illustrates the power of planning, focus and direction.
Take a few minutes to consider the following questions.
- How viable is your position to the success of your organization?
- Is your industry/field expanding and experiencing increased demand in today’s market?
- Is your job currently meeting your needs for meaningful and challenging work?
- Are you given sufficient opportunities for advancement and professional growth?
- Is your current work allowing enough time for family, relationship and lifestyle needs?
- Are you receiving compensation and benefits appropriate to your financial goals?
- Generally, are your relationships with your boss/co-workers/clients/customers positive?
If fewer than 6 of your answers were positive it is time to re-evaluate your career, develop goals, and create specific plans to meet those goals.Published in