I participated in my first 5K recently and, in doing so, learned more about myself than I expected. Most specifically, I learned that I don't like running -- but that won't prevent me from probably doing it again. There were many parallels between how I trained and completed the 5K and how I approach much of everything else in my life, and during this self-assessment I learned lessons that can be universally applied:
ExecuNet members commented and shared their approaches to goal-setting:
"The positive experience increases your level of confidence and the learnings help you approach things differently!"
"The best way to get to what's next is to keep an eye on the goals of today. While we plan for long-term accomplishments, keeping a keen eye on today is essential for accomplishing the successes we hope for tomorrow. One day at a time, one task at a time, with the hope of achieving long-term goals."
"Like you, I participated in my first 5K recently. Reflecting on your lessons learned I thought I would share mine. Being my first 5K I wanted to 'be ready' so I prepared in two ways: 1) I listened to friends who run regularly and tried to learn from their experiences of what to do and what not to do; and 2) I practice to ensure I could get around the course in a reasonable time.
Both actions could apply to career development. I've found that learning from others through observation is a great way to learn what to do more of (and what to do less of). On a similar note, practice makes you better, whether it be writing a cover letter or reviewing your answers to the most frequently asked interview questions -- the more you prepare the easier it becomes."
"My takeaway is to focus on the long-term goal(s) and don't get distracted. That's not easy... It takes persistence."
How do you make sure you get things done?
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