Over the years, you will hear many troops whining and complaining about where they stand in their career. If you’re one of these people, stop for a second and evaluate one thing… your goals.

The first rule of thumb when setting goals is that you must know what you out of life. From that, you can begin building long-term and short-term goals that will help you get what you want.

For starters, you can envision the next 20 years of your life and what you want to be and have in those years. Create milestones for two year interval leading up to the 20-year game plan you made. This provides a gauge to measure your progress against and makes sure that you do not lose sight of your goals.

For the first five years, create yearly plans and milestones. For each year, break down your goals from bi-annual targets to monthly to weekly to daily targets. For each day you can create a to-do list that will allow you to not only measure your success but relish your accomplishment on a daily basis, which in turn builds your confidence and increases your level of competence.

Plans are not supposed to be set in stone because as we change so too some of our plans. So always give some time to review your accomplishment and milestones and be more flexible about changing some of your targets or courses of action.

Always remember that as you set goals, you have to provide an overview of the resources, time and knowledge you need to accomplish your goals and include the acquisition of those requirements into your action plans.