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Developing career resilience
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2.2 Short-term goals

Most business writers agree that a short-term goal should be achievable within a month or two. So, in the next activity, you’ll spend some time identifying short-term goals that can take you forward incrementally. Reflecting on the learning that you outlined in Activity 1, and the goals you set yourself in Activity 2, try to come up with at least three short-term goals that will help you to move in the right direction.

Activity 3 Three short-term goals

Timing: Allow about 5 minutes

Choose a goal from Activity 2, and think about three steps that will help you to get there. Outline them in the box below.

For example, imagine you’ve chosen to develop your self-esteem. Your short-term goals might include building on Activity 2, Week 6 and making sure your list of five positive things about yourself is somewhere you can see it; or building regular reflection into your working week, making time each day to reflect on the things that have gone well alongside trying to learn from the things that haven’t.

Remember to make your goals SMART and give yourself a deadline for introducing any changes.

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By breaking down your long-term goals into shorter, more achievable steps, you can set yourself on a realistic path towards something that currently may seem distant and unattainable. As you progress through each step, this should boost your confidence and motivate you to continue towards your long-term goal.