For many people, the start of a new year means an opportunity to make a change. A “re-start” if you will. Evidently, setting new goals for yourself can happen any time of the year, however, many people feel it is customary to start the New Year off right by eliminating old habits and starting new, healthier ones. Perhaps 2019 is your year to make a change and to become a better version of yourself? Some of the most common New Year’s resolutions are:
- Lose weight
- Eat healthier
- Save money
- Get organized
- Spend time with friends and family
When I talk to others about their goals for 2019 their answers are very similar to above. What always astonishes me when making New Year goals is how very few people set goals related to their career growth. Now, don’t get me wrong, if you are currently unemployed and hustling to find a job I am sure ‘getting a job’ is one your goals for the New Year but for those people who are already working it is SO IMPORTANT NOT TO BECOME COMPLACENT IN YOUR CURRENT JOB.
Job security is a value that is important for many (if not all) people. Knowing your job will be there for you tomorrow, working in a safe environment, understanding what is expected of you in your job and knowing where your next pay check is coming from are all comforts that none of us should take for granted. However, if you want to grow personally and professionally it is time to take some risks and assess who you want to become and what you want to achieve in 2019.
Even if you love your job you should be thinking about what your next career goal is for the New Year. Perhaps there is a position that you are dying to move into, a speaking event you would like to present at, a project you would like to lead or a raise you are hoping to secure? Whatever your goals are for the future- NOW is the time to start taking steps to make this a reality. Your career/job is such an important (and time consuming) aspect of your life and it is crucial that you begin to assess what steps you can take to ensure that you feel happier and more fulfilled in your job.
One of my favorite quotes which speaks directly to the idea of finding joy at work is as follows:
“Your work is going to fill a large part of your life. And the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking, and don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart you’ll know when you find it.” – Steve Jobs
When it comes to setting career goals I am a strong believer in using visualization to achieve results. Vision boards are a great way to visually represent your goals and future aspirations. Jack Canfield best explains why and how to create a vision board in the following 5 minute video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iamZEW0x3dM .
I personally recommend creating a separate vision board for your career ambitions. A collage of pictures and/or words can help to solidly what it is you are hoping to achieve in in the near future. Start the New Year off right and make it common practice to revaluate your career goals and create a vision board for the following year. What a fun exercise to define the person you hope to become!
“Nothing will change for the better until you do” – Jack Canfield