During my last semester of business at UVic, our Operations Behaviour professor assigned a project that had us delve into and examine our current state. In essence, a beefed-up self assessment that would cover our strengths, weaknesses, BHAG (Big, Hairy, Audacious Goal), steps and strategies to reach said goal, and rewards for completing various milestones. As you do, I completed the project, got a decent grade and didn’t think too much more about the subject until I came across it a couple of weeks ago.

My BHAG has definitely evolved (I no longer want to own my own boutique), but the steps that I had outlined in order to reach a career in the fashion industry was what really caught my eye.

1. Become fluent in French
2. Gain retail experience
3. Complete a fashion-specific diploma or equivalent 

It would be so badass if I could confidently say ‘Check! Check! Check!’

But! While I’m not quite there, I’m definitely well on my way. In the past year I’ve started a fashion diploma program (at Blanche Macdonald), am currently gaining retail experience (my one love, J.Crew), and finally purchased Rosetta Stone for French (I’ve put off actually starting it, but with two jobs and full time school can you really blame me?). It was a strangely satisfying feeling to know that I was actually completing the sub-goals I had set out in order to have a career in the fashion industry.

Everyone’s heard about the Harvard study where the 3% of grads who had clear, written goals and plans to accomplish them went on to earn ten times as much as the other 97% of grads combined. Staggering, but time and time again goal setting proves to be beneficial. When I worked on that project two years ago and set out those goals I didn’t have any immediate plans to begin working on them; I was more pre-occupied with earning some money and then travelling. It was during my adventure abroad where I realized that I really did want to pursue a fashion career, and went about researching, applying, and even interviewing with some top fashion schools.

Maybe I was subconsciously influenced by my written goals, maybe I wasn’t. But from now on I am a firm believer in setting them.

When was the last time you wrote out goals?

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