Goal Setting, Part 2: Strategy and tactics

  • Define it. Give it a name, quantify it.
  • What resources do you need?
  • What are the costs?
  • What are the time factors?
  • What are your overheads?

Don't ever guess about any of these things. Pin all of this stuff down, or it will pin you down, usually half way between where you were and where you should have been ten years ago. The quickest path toward career suicide is attempting to do something when you're not even sure what you're doing or why you're doing it.

Tactics: How do you achieve this goal?

This is the really tough, real world, purely practical stuff, and you have to get it right. It's the 'Where does that nice ,000 come from?' part of the equation. Guesswork is out of the question. You get numbers, quotes, times, dates, names, contacts, and you get everything in writing where you can see it and understand it and evaluate it properly. Unless Santa Claus is a personal friend or relative, you'll need it.

There'll be plenty of blue sky after you get all of this sorted out. Until then, expect solid rock. It's so normal for people to find themselves on the wrong end of their own careers that it's worth your while to really go to work on getting your facts and your methods straight. Whether you like it or not, you are currently a Marine hitting the beach.

Before you move on to your first objectives, ask yourself: Have you got all your gear? Are there any loose ends? Mentally ready? That's the one big plus of all this planning; the soul develops some stamina.