Framework, Process and Format for Your Goals and Action Plan

Establishing your Goals and Action Plan for 2012

Last week I talked about the value of written goals and an action plan. To help you establish your authentic health career goals and action plan, I encourage you to consider the following 3-step process. To make it easy I have attached a document with a format that you might find useful. 

The steps are:

1.    Use the My Authentic Health Career Framework to focus on goals that will help you most:

The Authentic Life- Health Career Framework has assisted thousands of people to discover and pursue their authentic health career. Those of you who are HCC or UC Berkeley HPM Alumni know it well and hopefully it has been helpful to you.  I developed it from seeking my own health career direction and from assisting people I have worked with throughout the country.  The Framework components are:

  1. Exposure to what is possible and health career options
  2. Assessment of your goals, passions and talents relative to health career options
  3. Experience to help you solidify plans and develop your qualifications
  4. Choose and actively pursue 1-3 health career directions to advance toward your goals. This will provide focus and a filter for your choices. Active pursuit leads to clarity, success or new options.
  5. Educational Preparation to prepare you and provide necessary knowledge, skills and credentials for your chosen direction.
  6. Packaging Yourself  (resume, elevator speech, interview skills, statement of purpose)
  7. Support Network to help you advance professionally and personally
  8. Belief in yourself and ability  and Courage to choose and act on your authentic direction
  9. Lifelong Learning and Adjustment to make changes to your direction as you learn and as your life or career circumstances change. This reduces pressure to make the perfect choice and creates more options to live the life you want.

(Copyright © 2001 Jeff Oxendine)

2.   Choose the top 3 Framework components that taking action now to strengthen will contribute the most toward discovering or advancing your authentic career direction. For the top 3 components, address the following questions:


  • What are my current strengths and assets in this area?


  • Which areas do I need to strengthen?


  • Which strategies I will use? Which resources and people can help me?

3.    Based on the answers above, establish 1-5 career or education related priority goals for 2012. Be realistic but stretch yourself. For each goal establish 1-3 strategies and action steps. Be sure you are committed to following though. Also identify who will help you and how you will hold yourself accountable.


To begin drafting and ultimately commit to your goals in writing, use the format included in the attachment My%20Health%20CareerGoalFormat2012.docx or another that will work for you. The most important thing is to write them down, make the commitment and start taking action. Don’t forget to tell others who can help support you.

Let me know if you want feedback on your goals from me or others. If you are comfortable, you can post them on My Health Career and get feedback and assistance from others. One of our MHC community members and HCC alums Juan David Rangel suggested we might share goals through the Forum feature we just created on MHC. Putting your goals and actions out there can help bring many powerful forces to your aid and lead to many new possibilities!

You can also get support for goal setting and following through on your actions by working with My Health Career Coaches.  This is a new service we are offering. You can engage me and other coaches that are affiliated through My Health Career to help support you through the process. Contact me for more information.

Now take the first step and start the process! Be patient with your self but be sure to follow-through.

Some of my colleagues believe that setting the right intentions aligned with or instead you goals is key to your success and happiness.  My friend and colleague Greg Hicks, an international expert in leadership, happiness and health, will be our guest blogger and will address intention. He will also link you to the amazing work that he and his colleagues do around how you can choose to be happy and be a healthy effective leader. Look for his blog soon!


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Comment by Tony Faulkner on January 26, 2012 at 9:45am

My intention is to totally immerse myself in all this great info-much appreciated! Keep it flowing.

Comment by Whitney Jemison on January 26, 2012 at 12:53pm

This is very helpful!!!!

I remember step #1 from HCC, but it's a good reminder of where to start and the word document you attached will help me to actually write it down and track my progress.


Thanks for sharing!


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