For the past few years, it feels like I’ve been chasing everything. Seems like only yesterday it was my 21st birthday. I often hear people talk about how scared they are to reach the end of their 20s. Like it is a period that defines you for your entire life. To be honest, I didn’t stop to think about reaching the end of my 20s until now.
For the five years since moving to the states, I have been looking forward. I always have something to reach to, a goal to achieve. Moving from Israel felt like a breeze, actually. Fast forward a few years, and all of a sudden, I am turning 30; I hold a position as the marketing director for a fast-growing company, and I have a great life with my husband and our three-dog family.
Maybe the path I am trying to take is somehow clear to me on the personal level, but what is it on the professional end? I guess many people my age and in my position may feel the same. After all, I have a steady job and an amazing team — together we achieve great results. The company I work for is growing rapidly, I was shortlisted as a finalist for marketer of the year for two business-to-business marketing awards in 2018 and have been able to share my industry expertise with readers. All of that does not overcome the feeling I had the moment I realized the big 3-0 is just around the corner.
Taking A Moment To Reflect
It’s stupid, honestly. That absurd thought that going into a new decade of life will change anything significantly. But whatever your age, let’s be frank and admit that nothing actually changes because you are a year older. As long as you push hard to achieve your goals, your age is just what you put on your social media account.
Goals are what drive us in life. These are what keep me energetic and focused all the time. I have goals for my career and goals for my personal life — even goals for my social life. If you aspire to achieve something, you will find the way. That’s my approach. While you may not always succeed in achieving the goals you set, I believe having them is a crucial part of your growth and success.
The Goal-Setting Imperative
To decide what goals you set, think about the next step in your professional journey. What small (or big) mountaintop do you want to reach next? Is it a new position? A bigger project? Increased compensation? A wider professional circle? Or maybe enrichment through education?
Try to set goals that will help you grow and progress, but at the same time, be realistic, and don’t imagine goals that are out of your reach. That way, you help yourself constantly grow.
The whole point with having goals is that they become part of the day-to-day cycle. Don’t think about them all the time, yet push toward them every second. Confusing? Well, think about it as a blueprint for your next phase. Figure out what needs to be done to get to where you want, and work toward that, but at the same time, don’t let that be your sole focus, as you may become inefficient in your other responsibilities.
To start, try to set one small goal. Something simple but meaningful. Achieving that small goal will help you move on to the next bigger one. If you fail, don’t be discouraged — analyze what went wrong. Did you overestimate your abilities? Did you lack in performance? Could you work harder to achieve your goal?
Your Goals Drive Progression
Each of us must have a drive in life. Call it whatever you want, but something that drives you is a goal. Something that motivates you is a goal. Goals don’t have to be set in stone, but you must have them. Because without goals, your progression won’t matter — in fact, it may not even occur.
This is how I look at the fourth decade of my life. The decade in which many of us set the tone for growth in our careers. The decade in which we may change our lives in more ways than one. The decade in which we learn from our last decade of mistakes and then make new ones.
As part of the millennial generation — the generation of technology — we are used to change. Tied with our personal achievements and self-independence, we can set the tone for the future and actually make a change. Let that be our master goal.