Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? Career goals for 2018? If so, you’re in good standing—research says you’re ten times more likely to successfully alter a behavior than you would if you didn’t set it as an intention before.
In an earlier post, I talked about some great career resolutions to aim for in the coming year. If you don’t remember the goals, they were:
An annual career check-up, increase productivity, update your brand and contacts, and step out of your comfort zone.
When setting intentions, especially ones that could affect your brand and success, it’s important to have a game plan.
You wouldn’t approach most situations without a plan so why would this be any different?
To ensure success and make some real changes, you should keep these tips in mind.
When setting your career goals, you should be as specific as possible. When you give your goals details, you give them life.
The more details, the more tangible steps you’ll be able to enact to accomplish your goals.
Give yourself a deadline; if you’re a punctual person, then this will be especially beneficial for you.
When there’s no end date in sight, you’re lacking a sense of urgency to reach the finish line. Set a time line in increments or with a final finish date in mind, choose whichever a more realistic motivator for you is.
Finding a mentor or a coach can be helpful, this person can give you insight into new approaches and methods to accomplish your goals.
Choose a role model, maybe a person with experience in your field, and make a list of the qualities they possess that you admire. Work towards emulating them yourself.
What are your reasons for trying to accomplish a specific goal? Make a list of the motivators that are behind your specific goals.
Writing things down is crucial to success, it allows you to envision and reassess your reasons for working towards these goals.
Don’t let impatience over slow results creep in and destroy the hard work you’ve put in. If you’re self-employed, a business owner, entrepreneur or simply an extremely busy person, it’s important to map out what you need to get done and when.
Whenever you accomplish any goal, you’ve set you should take the time to acknowledge it. Be proud of yourself and the hard work you’ve put in!
Finding motivation is easy, with just a few quick clicks you can find hundreds of articles telling you how to stay motivated and they may work, but the problem lies in staying motivated.
Remember you’re in control of your success, and if you prioritize your career goals this year you can achieve them!
What is your biggest distraction when it comes to your career goals? Have you been able to overcome it and see results?
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