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July 13, 2013

Long Term Thinking

by Adam Famularo

Whether you are thinking about a business you are building or your professional or personal goals, we all need to start thinking more longer term then the next quarter or year.  If you think more longer term it will give you more flexibility in the decisions that you make to ultimately achieve your long-term goals. Let’s take a look at a professional development example.  When most people come to me for advise on how to get a promotion they are always focused on the next job.  I would challenge everybody to think about this differently – think about where you would like to be in a 3 to 5 year horizon.

Once you can put a longer term perspective on things then it will help you to build out a complete plan for growth.  This will open you up to doing many more jobs as a step towards getting to your ultimate destination.  A good exercise to follow when you look to take on a new role think about what role will I be able to move into next so you are always thinking one step ahead.

I find that if you properly set longer term goals, always including both personal and professional goals, then you can do the following well;

  1. Spend the time you need to advance your skill set – build an education plan that maps to your long-term goals
  2. Developing a new network – you will most likely need a new network of people who can help you to achieve your long-term goals
  3. Adjust how you spend your time in order to achieve these goals – time management will be key (check out the time management sheet in my earlier post)

This is also not a one-time process, I typically reset my plan each time that I obtain a new goal and then re-look at the new skill set that it will require, the new network to build and how I will use my time going forward.

Hope this helps you think a little bit different when you are thinking about the next role in your career or about the future direction of your business.

Good luck!

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