Here's what you actually need to achieve your goals

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By Lesley Stewart, CA Today

16 May 2018

Brace yourself, we're half-way through 2018. How are those career resolutions looking? Here’s our top five proven ways to create realistic goals and actually stick to them.

Research shows that only 8% of the resolutions we set last year are actually being achieved. According to the Harvard Business Review there's a number of reasons we don't fulfil our goals - with being too vague ranking amongst the top reasons for failure.

Goal setting itself is an art. We've come up with constructive advice to make sure your career resolutions are achievable, well-planned, and above all - inspiring.

1. Find your inspiration

Bringing ambitious and entrepreneurial minds together? An obvious move for enthusiastic CAs looking for inspiration. It can spark a whole new way of thinking, a new way of working, and help you realise your dreams. Hearing from other CAs - especially the trailblazers - can build a positive mindset and seet behaviours to bring out the natural leader within.

But how do you find the conversations and inspiration that will keep you accountable and help you stick to your goals? Attend our Young CAs Summit – a unique event where you can meet and be inspired by the stars of our profession.

Taking place on 21 June 2018, the Summit will bring together a carefully selected line-up of speakers who have risen to the top. You’ll hear from acclaimed business leaders who know what it takes to succeed, successful CA entrepreneurs who have turned business ideas into reality and tech gurus who have taken advantage of the potential offered by today’s technology.

The Young CAs Summit is unlike other conferences. It’s a fast moving, interactive programme, designed to maximise opportunities to meet, share ideas and network with other CAs and the Summit speakers themselves.

2. Create mini-goals

Whilst goal setting is essential for developing a clear vision, creating milestones that lead up to your ultimate goal is the key to success. Think of a mountain climber - they don’t start with Everest. They start small and keep their eye on the much bigger prize. We are much more likely to reach the end goal when we have incremental steps which are specific and measurable, and let us either adjust or reaffirm that we're making realistic progress.

3. Build a game plan

You are accountable for your own success - so aim high and be specific about what you want. Take your first-class business skills and apply them to making your career thrive. Discover what you need to do (and what you need to stop doing) to achieve your ambitions. It'll help you work out realistic time lines and set short term targets.  Document these objectives, develop a practical strategy to achieve them, and then plan what actions you need to take.

4. Get emotional

When you think about achieving career success, you need to think outside the box. Keeping up-to-date technically is one area where you'll be expected to be professional adept, but also take time to focus on the non-technical elements of your skill set. Focus on communication, emotional intelligence, and adaptability - these are just as likely to get you noticed, if not more so.

5. Skill-up

Which leads us on nicely to upping your skills. If you're looking for something that will set you apart from the crowd, speak to us. ICAS and training partners BPP have exciting training packages, and for new members we've designed a pack exclusively for newly qualified CAs: a free online course pack and 50% off your first face-to-face training course.* And for all members we have free resources such as webinars and video updates for quick and easy development. And there's even a host of careers focussed content to keep you motivated and inspired.

Inspiring the leaders of tomorrow, today. This year's Young CAs Summit – a unique event where you can meet and be inspired by the stars of our profession.

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The ICAS Young CA Summit is in association with Young CA Principal Partner Investec Click & Invest


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