Last night, 29-year old Wayne Rooney became England’s top goal scorer, after a penalty in the Euro 2016 qualifying win over Switzerland led him to score his 50th goal for the side. The Manchester United striker overtook previous record holder Sir Bobby Charlton’s record of 49 goals for England.
Rooney had his England debut in February 2003, coming on as a substitute against Australia. Just six months later, he became its youngest scorer, netting in a Euro 2004 qualifying game against Macedonia.
Wayne Rooney said that breaking the goal scoring record was a “dream come true”, before setting his sights on adding yet more goals to his total.
We can’t all be top scorers, but –like Rooney – we could all benefit from setting ourselves career goals to aim for. Once we set our goals, how can we make sure to follow through with them?
Set Goals That Truly Motivate You
There is no point in setting goals, just to see if you can achieve them. Instead, make sure to set goals that really motivate and excite you. Why are you setting these specific goals? Where are you hoping to be a few years from now? The more you care about the goals you are setting, the more you are likely to achieve them in the short term.
Make Sure The Goals You Set Are Achievable
Long term goals can be grand and lofty, but short-term goals should be realistic and achievable. If you don’t believe that you can genuinely achieve the goal you are setting, you immediately limit your own chances of success. Eventually, long-term benefits will follow your short-term career successes.
Set A Time
If you set goals without involving any time elements, it can be easy to lose track. Using vague terms like ‘by next year’ or ‘in the near future’ will allow you to continually push your goals back. Creating milestones on the way to achieving your goal can help you stay on the right path and increase your chances of success. Rewarding yourself after achieving every milestone is a definite motivator too!
Create A Plan To Achieve Your Goals
While it is true that you can never be sure of all the steps you need to take in order to reach your goals, you should still have a plan in place. How exactly are you going to set up your own business or get that promotion? It’s also important to take some time to analyse the results and change your plan accordingly, if needed. Don’t forget: “A goal without a plan is just a wish.”
Don’t Go It Alone
Don’t just write down your plan. It helps to tell people about your goals and asking for their feedback and support. Having others on your side will be really motivating and mean you’re much more likely to focus on achieving your goals in time.
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