Remember the road map analogy when penning your own career goals. You can plan a year ahead, or think even further into the future. The website Next Chapter New Life suggests setting goals with two- to three-year time lines. Perhaps you can make your yearly goals part of your longer-term plan. The following are examples of solid, actionable goal statements: "I want to generate 10 percent more revenue in my small business within the next six months by attracting more customers. I'll do it by producing an email newsletter, establishing a social media presence and running ads on the radio. The radio ads should cost me about $500. To reach my goal, I need to spend five extra hours per week for the next three months working on advertising pieces." If you're making a career change goal: "I want to move from a career in marketing to a job in sales within the next year. I'll attend networking events, meet with sales managers within the next month to ask about internal opportunities and spend four hours a week preparing resumes and applying to external positions."