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Goal Setting

I had an epiphany recently about goal setting and professional development:


Every time I have set my sights on a specific work-related goal I have not reached that exact goal.


An example- early on in my career I was a fresh faced SDR with the whole world in front of me. I decided I wanted to follow the traditional path of becoming an AE and began working on what I thought was a fool proof plan to get there. I met with all the right people and checked all the right boxes, but after applying multiple times I didn't ever get that AE position for a multitude of reasons. I did however make some great connections in my company, I showed initiative and drive to grow out of my current role, and learned a lot that I would not have otherwise been exposed to. In the end all of this made me an ideal candidate for management and I ended up building out a whole new segment in the SDR org for our company. I did also eventually become an AE. And after I got some experience there, my previous management experience made me eligible for lots of other roles I would not have otherwise been considered for.


All this to say, it is important to set goals, but reaching that specific goal isn't always the best outcome (even though we might stubbornly want it to be). Being flexible and focusing on the work you have to do to improve yourself is what ends up being the most important thing. Do the work, try to achieve your goals, be flexible and patient when you don't, and you will probably end up opening doors you didn't realize existed to begin with.


Just some food for thought.


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CuriousFox
WR Officer
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Senior Account Executive
Things happen the way they are supposed to. Thanks for the reminder. 🦊
E_Money
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Outbound Sales Manager- US
Anytime!Β 
NoSuperhero
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BDR
I get it, but also not having a certain drive to accomplish hard goals is something that I feel was missing for the first 10 years of my adult life. I mean right after college making more money to survive is more and more important, and now making enough money to save is also important so idk if following my dreams or following a career path is more important at 33.
UrAssIsSaaS
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SaaS Eater
A career path is a jungle gym, not a ladder - some of the best feedback i've receivedΒ 
InQ5WeTrust
Arsonist
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Sales Savages, what is our profession? Trauma!
So you're saying we should push others off the jungle gym?Β 
UrAssIsSaaS
Politicker
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SaaS Eater
whatever it takes, its a dog eat dog world out there
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FamilyTruckster
Politicker
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Exec Director, Major Accounts
Journey not the destination. ✌️
E_Money
Politicker
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Outbound Sales Manager- US
Thats right πŸ’ͺ
poweredbycaffeine
WR Lieutenant
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Bean Juice Drinker | Sales Savant
If you've ever telegraphed a pass in lacrosse or soccer you'll know that the opponent can see it from a mile away...and will knock it down or get a takeaway out of it. The same works for how we tell the universe what we want--something will get in your way and force you in another direction. Turns out, that's where you belonged all along.
goose
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Sales Executive
That last sentence is a bit much but I get what you're saying here.
poweredbycaffeine
WR Lieutenant
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Bean Juice Drinker | Sales Savant
Always leave them with a puzzle in the last sentence.
E_Money
Politicker
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Outbound Sales Manager- US
Exactly, and the more you are able to accept that and go with the flow the better off you will be
InQ5WeTrust
Arsonist
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Sales Savages, what is our profession? Trauma!
Each of us are on a different path, be happy with your own progress always!
Diablo
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AE
Well thought, appreciate it..
E_Money
Politicker
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Outbound Sales Manager- US
You got it!
DungeonsNDemos
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Rolling for Initiative
For everyone: Step 1) Make a goal

Lol it's surprising how many people don't make it to step 1.
E_Money
Politicker
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Outbound Sales Manager- US
Too true.
goose
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Sales Executive
Goals are unimportant in my opinion. Β Habits are critical. Β Do the work and good things will happen.
E_Money
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Outbound Sales Manager- US
Totally agree, just do the work and don't be too rigid when things don't go EXACTLY as planned
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