Advancing Your Career Through Goal Setting

By Dr. Howard Gauthier

Bob was interested in improving himself and he started reading several books and listening to CDs on success and personal development.  The message on one of the CDs discussed the importance of goal setting.  Like most people, Bob definitely had goals.  But also like most people, Bob didn’t have his goals written down on paper.

Goal setting expert, Brian Tracy, believes that goals need to be written down in order to truly be a goal.  Without the act of writing the goal down, the activity is more like a hope, dream or wish.  But by writing the goal down, you are making a commitment to yourself to achieve your desired outcome.  He believes that your goals need to be specific and that you need to have a step-by-step plan for how you will achieve your goals.

With so many people establishing goals for the New Year, Tracy asks his listeners to project forward to the end of the upcoming year and ask themselves, “if this was the best year of your life, what would it look like?  What would have to happen to make it so good?”

Intrigued by this thought, Bob started thinking about this goal setting thought as it applied to his career.  Bob is currently working as an assistant in sports information at the NCAA Division II level.  His dream has been to work at the Division I level, but it’s just been a dream.  He decided to take Brian Tracy’s advice and he wrote down his goals.  He also remembers the Career-Planning Guide that is outlined in the book Getting Hired in College Sports and he followed these guidelines to outline a blueprint for the future.

So what would make 2014 the best year of your life?  Write this vision down.  Make this your goal for the year.  Create a plan on how you would achieve this goal.  Do you need to further your education?  Do you need to enhance your skills?  Or, do you need to expand your network.  Write these steps down as the action steps for achieving your goal.

Remember, ultimately the job will go to the candidate who is prepared and who effectively executes the basics of the job interview process. In all you do, you will want to EXECUTE FOR SUCCESS! 


Howard Gauthier is an Associate Professor of Athletic Administration at Idaho State University.  He is a former collegiate athletic director and collegiate basketball coach.  He is also an author of 9 books.  Check out his book, Getting Hired In College Sports – 2nd Edition at or his newest book Execute for Success at


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