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Career Goal Setting – enthusiasm is infectious!

Try to make enthusiasm central to your career goal setting

Often those around us catch that sense of passion, causing a multiplying and magnifying effect. Of course whilst being enthusiastic is highly desirable, having an enthusiasm is something entirely different.

It’s far easier to love what you do (see Do What You Love), if you can apply an enthusiasm to your career. When properly developed and applied, an enthusiasm can get you a long way. However this knowledge and passion must be in an area of value to your work, otherwise it’s really a hobby.

Think about developing a specialism relevant to your work. Preferably one which inspires you.

So what are you enthusiastic about?

In his book: The 80/20 Principle: The Secret of Achieving More with Less, Richard Koch makes some suggestions relevant to happiness at work.

The key to developing a career built around your enthusiasms is knowledge:



When thinking about your career development, consider the importance of enthusiasm. Becoming an acknowledged leader in a field which enthuses you may make you a happy worker. Don’t forget though, fostering your colleagues’ passions, wherever possible, could also make you a happy manager.

Spare a couple of minutes to watch Tom Peters stressing the importance of enthusiasm and passion in business…



In the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson:

“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm!”


Take action on your career goal setting!

Find our how in our e-guide: SMART Goals, SHARP Goals. The guide contains 30 pages and 5 tools to help you to set SMART goals, then take SHARP action to achieve them. It includes:

  • How do you define goal setting?
  • What features of goal setting are important, if we want to ensure they are more likely to be successfully achieved?
  • What kinds of goals are more likely to make us motivated to achieve them?
  • How do you set SMART goals?
  • Why do goals matter?
  • What kind of goals should you pursue to be happier in what you do?
  • How do you set team goals?
  • What strategies can you apply to overcome barriers to setting goals?
  • How do you develop SHARP plans of action that help you to achieve your goals?
  • What techniques can you use to get things done?
  • How do you set personal goals?


  • Tool 1: Conventional goal setting
  • Tool 2: Setting SMART goals that motivate
  • Tool 3: The kind of goals that will make you happier
  • Tool 4: Taking SHARP action
  • Tool 5: Team goals flowchart
  • Tool 6: Eight personal goal setting questions

Goal Setting Resources

You can find more of our goal setting resources by reading our featured pages (below).

Career goal setting

You’ll find our new e-guide: SMART Goals, SHARP Goals is a fantastic, goal setting resource. It’s packed with advice and tools – use it to help you set SMART goals then take SHARP actions to achieve them!

One of our affiliate partners also has an excellent, on-line, goal setting resource. GoalsOnTrack is a “personal success system that will help you really accomplish goals by getting the right things done”.



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