Achieving These 7 Goals Guarantees Career Success

Does it ever seem as though your co-workers are getting all the positive attention from management when your achievements are just as noteworthy? Trying to decode what management wants is exhausting and frankly, a waste of time.

Get ready for next-level career success and blow your boss’s mind by implementing these seven personal development goals.

#1 Commit to lifelong learning

No matter your level or position at work, there is an endless amount of information to absorb and implement. It’s so easy to clock in, keep your head down and follow directions mindlessly, but when you embrace learning you are…

  • Adding new skills to your resume

  • Becoming the office guru

  • Impressing your boss

  • Placing yourself in a position for a possible promotion

  • Demonstrating your dedication to improving your work

Take advantage of extracurricular programs or courses your employer offers. You can find free or low-priced training courses from your county government offices or local library. Focus on training for…

  • Improving your presentation skills

  • Excelling in workplace tech tools, programs and software

  • Leadership and management

  • Other departments: learn how each contribute to the company as a whole

#2 Take care of yourself

Self-care is easily pushed aside. We are too tired to visit the gym before or after work, or spend extra time preparing a healthy meal when so many processed meals are readily available.

Your best self gives your work full attention. Give your self-care a giant boost by implementing the following behaviors.

Exercise (at lunch)

  • 30-minute walk with a sandwich

  • 1 hour at the gym and eat at your desk

  • Organize a walk with co-workers


Lack of sleep is comparable to busy work: you’re working, but the value and quality of the work is subpar. Don’t compromise communicating your valuable skills and knowledge to your peers over lack of sleep.

Sufficient sleep will ensure that you are putting your best foot forward at work, retaining valuable information and skills throughout your day and it will assist with stress-management.


Like most workplaces, the status quo is a community table stacked with processed foods galore. Battle this by:

  • Organizing a health pot-luck

  • Bringing in enough healthy snacks to keep you satisfied all day

  • Removing temptation by not allowing yourself to get too hungry


To create a stress-defeating meditation habit, take time to breathe and get centered. Do this when things are stressful, but also when things are going well. Take every opportunity throughout the day.

  • Coffee breaks

  • Bathroom breaks

  • Daily commute

  • Walking between offices and departments

#3 Strengthen positive habits

Observe your positive habits and build upon them. Take note of negative habits and how you might correct them.

  • Avoid procrastination: procrastination can be indicative of a task too large. Try breaking down the task into small, easy steps to avoid becoming overwhelmed.

  • Become an early riser: start with waking ten minutes earlier each day, working toward leaving the house fully alert.

  • Be proactive: not a victim of your circumstance. Take responsibility for your position instead of blaming others.

  • Manage stress effectively: try daily affirmations, practice mindfulness and meditation.

  • Practice resiliency: demonstrate your strength by tackling issues instead of giving up.

  • Get (and stay) organized: research and implement time-management skills, create a priority task list, embrace a zero inbox strategy and utilize a daily planner.

#4 Work to improve your confidence

Lack of confidence originates from the negative lies we tell ourselves about our abilities. Much like any other personal development goals, confidence can be strengthened as a skill. Change the negative lie into a positive skill and you can develop confidence. Fluff those feel-good feathers by…

  • Practicing confident body language

  • Reading inspirational self-help books

  • Focusing on accomplishments everyday

  • Saying yes to more opportunities to succeed

#5 Boost morale

Since the majority of your time is spent with management and co-workers, office morale is imperative in creating a positive environment. But office morale shouldn't just be left to management. Take action and contribute:

  • Acquire conflict resolution skills: smooth over those personality clash bumps with ease.

  • Don’t put people in boxes: accept and celebrate differences.

  • Show humility when you are wrong: your peers will feel more comfortable around you.

  • Positive attitude: there’s enough to complain about, don’t add to it.

  • Establish a support group: ask co-workers to form a goal-getting support group to help and learn from one another.

#6 Self manage

No one likes to micromanage, or to be micromanaged. Take both out of the equation by self-managing.

  • Under-promise and over-deliver (set a reputation for being reliable)

  • Try 3 different resources before asking for help (obtain problem-solving skills)

  • When asking for help, be prepared (What is the issue? How have you tried to resolve it? What specifically do you need help with?)

  • Complete tasks that will make your boss’s load easier (including helping others.)

#7 Gather feedback

Keeping your head down in the daily grind of work can affect our awareness of how our habits affect our work and others.

Make sure that you practicing awareness by taking time to gather honest, constructive feedback. Be open and thankful to those who spend time providing honest feedback. Likewise, learn how to give feedback without being annoying or critical.

Know your value, set your goals and find success

Personal development goals are crucial to career success as they bring us into our best selves. Without specific goals to work toward, your aim for career success could be a jumbled, inefficient mess.

Knowing what you value and what you would like to accomplish can give you a significant motivation boost to work harder and smarter, face your challenges and become a high achiever.

Luckily, these personal development goals are easy to implement with determination and consistency. When you implement these seven personal development goals, your career - and life outside of work - will improve extensively.

  • Emily Sutton
    Emily Sutton
    1 follower
    This is great! I think #4 will help with my greatest painpoints.
    April 5, 2019
  • Regina MacAdler
    Regina MacAdler
    Definitely need to self-manage.
    April 5, 2019
  • Abby LeBlanc
    Abby LeBlanc
    You'd be surprised at how getting a good night's sleep really helps take you on so many of these strategies.
    April 5, 2019