Here’s how to plan big to ‘make it big’

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Have you considered setting goals and actively working toward them aside from your New Year’s resolutions?  You will be far ahead of mostly everyone if you plan big to “make it big.”  To plan big, follow these three simple steps.

1. Consider the ‘Bigger Picture’

First, think broadly about where you want to be in the next 10 years.According to, this includes financial status, family status, attitude, physical status and career status. Do you want to be a parent?  Do you want to make over a $50k salary?  Do you want to pamper yourself more?  Pausing to reflect on where you want to end up in 10 years will give you a long-term perspective that you will need in order to set goals for yourself.

2.  Set Increasingly Smaller Goals for Yourself

After putting your future plans in sight, begin to describe 10-year, 5-year, yearly, monthly, weekly and daily goals for yourself.  If you want to increase your salary to over $70k in 10 years, begin by setting goals like networking, for example, with 25 contacts per month in your field through phone calls, in-person meetings or via Skype.  Then, after charting your plans, you will have daily, measurable goals that you can work toward.

3.  Work Actively Toward Your Goals

Finally, you will want to work actively toward your goals.  While this may seem repetitive, you will still gain a sense of achievement at the end of each day, sometimes rewarded with new information and opportunities.  Ultimately, you will see the fruits of your labor rewarded more likely than if you had not set goals for yourself in the first place.

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Najma Khorrami is currently the Associate Director of Global Partnerships at The Center for Global Health and Diplomacy in Washington, D.C. She earned her Master in Health Policy in Public Health from The George Washington University in 2012, and rounded out her studies with a Global Health Certificate from The Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. In addition to her passion for global health policy and wanting to one day help create public health programs for the disadvantaged in developing countries, she enjoys cooking and volunteering. You can follow her on Instagram at @najonoor!

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