This year is going to be your year. And, to ensure just that, you decided to make a career resolution to ring in the new year. However, unlike last year, you’re determined to stick with it until you reach your goal. You’re fully committed. Right?
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Life. Work. Stuff.
The same stuff that derailed you last year. The same to-do list that held you back the prior year. Before you know it you’re back a square one. Then, feelings of failure, frustration and stress pile on.
AM I RIGHT?
Yes, I am right! Making a resolution is easy. Staying the course, not so much. So, this year, I’m helping you start 2019 off with a bang by giving you a few tips to ensure you keep up with your resolution!
Clearly Define Your Career Resolution
The problem with setting a resolution for most people is lack of follow through. It sounds great when you commit to driving your career forward in the new year, but then life happens.
You get lazy with your goal and don’t track your progress. Slowly, you become less engaged and skip your must do list. Literally, you fall off the wagon and inaction ultimately leads you down a path of failure and disenchantment.
To remain focused, it’s critical that you know where you’re headed. Setting a clearly defined goal does just that. A meaningful resolution requires more than simply stating what you plan to do next year while tossing back glasses of champagne with friends on New Year’s Eve.
To reach your 2019 career resolution, begin by defining your primary goal… in DETAIL!
Perhaps you’d like to get promoted or find a new job. Maybe you’d like to transition to a new industry. Whatever your goal, write it down and be specific. Don’t allow yourself wiggle room to become indecisive later!
Be Realistic. Set Defined Targets
As you create your 2019 career resolution, be realistic about your expectations.
Don’t anticipate you’ll be promoted in three weeks just because you work a little harder in January. Instead, set realistic expectations with defined targets and mini goals for completion.
- Outline Your Steps: Begin by outlining the steps you need to take to reach your ultimate career goal. How will you get that promotion? How will you find a new job or transition into a new LOB?
- Set Guardrails: Once you understand your path, set guardrails to ensure you follow through by establishing priorities and mini goals. By breaking your career resolution into mini goals, you’ll have an easier time tracking your progress. Mini goals also allow you to celebrate small successes while remaining focused on the big picture.
- Deal In Reality: Be realistic about your mini goals. Don’t set yourself up for failure by setting multiple mini goals each week. Too many goals will cause you to lose traction and fail. Instead, focus on one small step every week or two.
Follow Through. Stay On Track
Schedule your mini goals, as well as your overall career resolution, with firm dates for completion. Hold yourself accountable to complete your goals. Don’t allow yourself to procrastinate or push your mini-goals forward. By putting things off, your career resolution will become a burden.
The further behind you get on your mini goals, the harder reaching your goal will seem. If you consistently miss mini goal deadlines, you’ll toss your career resolution out the window!
Remember, it’s important that you stay on top of your mini goals if you expect to reach your career resolution!
- Don’t Think It Will Simply Happen: You can’t set it and forget it. Put a reminder on your calendar for your mini-goals as you would any other professional priority. If you don’t, your career resolution will be forgotten. You’ll be very disappointed if June arrives and you realize you’ve done nothing to accomplish your goal.
- Find An Accountability Partner: A career coach, friend or projectU can help you stay on track. Schedule a bi-weekly or monthly session with your accountability partner in 30-minute increments to review your goals and progress. Be mindful to choose a partner who understands your line of work and can actually help you with roadblocks, not just pat your hand and nod. To reach your career goal, you’ll likely need someone to help you with your strategy and struggles. It’s imperative that your accountability partner understand your industry and professional focus.
As we move into the new year, take your career resolution seriously. Set a career goal and actually pursue it this year! Your accomplishments will fuel your enthusiasm and excitement about your career and professional future. It’s okay to focus on you, so let’s do something awesome for you and your career this year!