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6 Tips to Hunting Down Your Career Goals

6 Tips to Hunting Down Your Career Goals
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Setting goals is the easy part. It's achieving them that can be difficult.

In a new book, "The Hunt: Target, Track and Attain Your Goals" (Jossey-Bass 2014), author David Farbman says one of the best ways to attain your goals is to think like a hunter.

"The key is tapping into your hunter's instincts, the primal awareness of targeting and tracking your goals with the single-minded pursuit ingrained into all humans, whether you hunt in the field or in the boardroom," said Farbman, the chairman and founder of Carbon Media Group, a media company focusing on the outdoor audience.

Farbman said when he started his business, he knew he would face massive hunts, from landing talent that could help run the company to targeting clients and revenue that at inception, seemed unlikely, if not impossible.

"This is when I tapped into my 'hunter's vision' and started taking notice of how the skills I use hunting in the fields played solidly into my business dealing," he said.

In a recent exchange with Business News Daily, the author outlined six tips on how professionals can best hit their target goals:

  • Get above and clear: Take the time now to get rid of negative thoughts and judgments. Too often, people set themselves up for failure simply by not believing they can achieve the goals they want most in life. Find a place that allows you to shake off all preconceived notions and see your goal clearly. Only through clarity can you focus on the winning trail ahead.
  • Be authentic: Take ownership of your strengths and weaknesses, your faults, your talents. By showing the world your authentic self, you will be able to attract the things you need to fulfill your goals. Shedding the camouflage, avoiding pretense and "being you" can give you some of your most powerful tools and weapons on the hunt.
  • Follow the tracks: With clarity and authenticity, you will be able to see the path you need to take to achieve your goal. Once you've laid out the steps, you need to leverage your connections and skills, and use your network. Great hunters have to be the ultimate opportunists, taking full advantage of the resources around them and putting these into play as needed. 
  • Set your trail: Your path is clear before you, and you are executing each of the steps in real time. Look for connections between your previous hunts and the new challenges you face, as the comfort of previous success can help push you through difficulty, making you better able to execute strongly and fully, even on unfamiliar turf. Stay watchful and proactive while always keeping your target in sight. 
  • Hit your target: To bring any successful hunt to a close, you have to be as strong at the finish as on the first day you hit the trail. You have to close with command. This is one of the key moments for visualization. Take the time to imagine exactly how you want the deal to close.  
  • Take in all five senses: What do you see, smell, taste and hear? How do you feel, emotionally and physically, in that moment? Go through it again, adding detail until you have a fully realized picture of your winning moment. This visualization will keep you focused right until the end.

As you carve the path toward the outcomes and goals you've chosen in your personal and professional life, you should keep checking your progress, Farbman said.

"Be present, be aware and, most importantly, be real," he said. "If you spend too much of [your life] hunting down the wrong trails, you run the real risk of running out of time and energy before you even get close to your target."

Originally published on Business News Daily

Chad Brooks

Chad Brooks is a Chicago-based writer and editor with nearly 20 years in media. A 1998 journalism graduate of Indiana University, Chad began his career with Business News Daily in 2011 as a freelance writer. In 2014, he joined the staff full time as a senior writer. Before Business News Daily, Chad spent nearly a decade as a staff reporter for the Daily Herald in suburban Chicago, covering a wide array of topics including local and state government, crime, the legal system and education. Chad has also worked on the other side of the media industry, promoting small businesses throughout the United States for two years in a public relations role. His first book, How to Start a Home-Based App Development Business, was published in 2014. He lives with his wife and daughter in the Chicago suburbs.