"If you really want to make a success of your business, it's important to define your business goals," explains Entrepreneur.com. Goal setting is an important component of getting ahead in your career, but the more difficult task is achieving those goals. Learning important steps you can take to be able to better achieve your goals can help bring your career to the next level.

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Step 1

Make your goals specific. The more focused your goal is, the easier it will be to isolate the steps necessary to achieve them. More specific goals also tend to be easier to envision yourself reaching. For example, a goal of gaining five new clients is far easier to visualize and pursue than setting a vague goal to expand your client base.

Step 2

Make your goal measurable. You are more likely to achieve your goal if you can evaluate your progress in a concrete manner, helping to motivate you toward the finish line. If your goals are numeric in nature, especially in the business world, your progress can be easily quantified. For example, increasing the productivity of a certain department is a good idea, but when it comes to goal setting, phrasing this idea as improving productivity in a certain department by 10 percent is going to be more beneficial.

Step 3

Give your goal a deadline. If you have a specific time during which you need to accomplish a certain task, you are more likely to work to achieve that goal during that time period. Without a specific deadline, goals can get lost in the piles of other work you're addressing that does have a deadline.

Step 4

Find an accountability buddy. An accountability buddy is someone you can report to about the goals you're working toward to gain insight and motivation. This can be a friend, co-worker or family member, but ideally, she will posses three qualities. First, she should be knowledgeable about your career. Second, she should be working towards reaching a goal as well, so the benefits can be reciprocal. Finally, she should be reliable, as you will be turning to her at times where you feel frustrated by a lack of progress.

Goals are often considered an integral part of succeeding in the world of business. If you follow these steps, your goal setting will become more effective and you success rate will improve.

Tips & Warnings

· Write your goals and their deadlines down and post them somewhere you will look every day. This could be your desktop wallpaper or cork board in an office, but the visual reminder will help keep you focused.