Setting long-term career goals is a good thing. But life changes even the best laid plans. Sometimes, what you thought you really wanted at one moment, isn't really what you wanted in another.
This is why five-year plans matter.
And as you piece it together, be sure to break it down with someone you trust whole-heartedly. Someone who isn't afraid to challenge you and force you to dig deeper into your abilities, strengths and vision.
In other words, Buck said, "partner with someone who is going to call B.S. on you. … It has got to be (someone) that will say, 'hmm. You're full of it.' Because you have to ask yourself some hard questions that, if you aren't honest with yourself, it's hard to figure out what your goal is.
"For me, that (person) is my husband. We usually have two bottles of wine, we have this huge Post-It note and take off all the paintings off one wall, and we sit for three hours and we go through this plan."
As you work through forming and critiquing your five-year plan, challenge yourself with a series of questions that will help keep you focused and honest. Ask:
- What motivates you?
- What do you most like doing at work?
- What do hate doing at work?
- What are you good at?
- What are you bad at?
Then, once you've worked through those questions and you have that vision of where you want to go — either short or long term — find someone who has the job you want. Learn more about their skills, backgrounds and strengths. Find ways to align your action plan with that resume by focusing on developing the skills, education and experience you need to achieve it.