Goal Setting Tips from Marlene Chism

Setting goals is an important step to ensure your career growth. Marlene Chism, author of No Drama Leadership and Stop Workplace Drama, has gotten ahead because she understands the psychology of setting, keeping and accomplishing goals.

By Sydni Moore | Photo courtesy Marlene Chism

Jan 2017

Tip 1: Know what you want

If you aren’t sure of your end goal, no one can help you achieve it. Picture what your goal looks like, then make sure you think accomplishing it will feel good. “If the only reason you’re creating a product, for instance, is to make money, chances are you’re going to struggle,” Chism says. “You have to merge the head and heart.”


Tip 2: Imagine the tasks, but don’t be confined to a plan

Understand what it’s going to take to reach your goal. “Often, people know what they want, but they don’t get very truthful on how to reach it,” Chism says. Still, it’s important to know how to shift and adjust, especially in the business world. “Life is dynamic,” she says. “Make peace with the unknown.” 


Tip 3: Be willing to do what’s required

Accomplishing business goals is hard work, and many people are too scared or intimidated by failure to begin. “Make friends with your emotions,” Chism says. When you feel bad, Chism suggests adopting a philosophy that everything works in your favor—even the negative things. After all, mishaps and failures ensure growth.