5 Ways of Sticking to Your New Year’s Career Resolutions

For many of us the new year starts with setting resolutions or goals. As the year progresses, we don’t always achieve them. Many of us may have started 2022 with career goals in mind, and as 2023 draws closer, we now find ourselves reassessing why these goals weren’t achieved. We may have set too lofty a goal, or so many resolutions at once that we didn’t know where to start.

Sometimes we don’t reflect enough before setting a resolution, and its lack of personal meaning can result in us forgetting about it as the year goes on. It’s important to set career goals as they provide a sense of purpose, which can also make your job more enjoyable, but it’s equally important to set goals that are achievable.

Leah Lambart, a Career Coach consulted by SEEK, says when it comes to achieving career goals, these are the five key tactics for sticking to your New Year’s resolutions:

Be ready and willing to change: Making a successful change in your career requires time, energy and sustained commitment, so before you commit to it you need to think about why it’s so important to you, says Lambart.

“If you decide this is something you want to do, find an accountability buddy to keep you on track. This could be a friend, colleague, fellow career-changer or a career coach. You could also think about creating a vision board of what you hope your life will look like once you complete the change. This will keep you more focused, even when there are a few hiccups along the way.”

Think about what you value: The change you’re craving might not simply be a different role, but greater flexibility, a better work-life balance, higher income, more meaningful work, or more creative work, says Lambart.

“Therefore, to help you stick to your resolution of changing careers, focus not only on the career change, but also on the positive change to your life when the career change is implemented, such as more time spent with family, greater work satisfaction, or more time to take up hobbies.” You’ll be more likely to achieve your career goals if you have more meaning attached to them.

Be specific with your goals: “An effective change usually requires a number of steps, so it’s easy to become overwhelmed by what’s involved. If you break the change down into smaller steps and make them more specific, then the career-change process will feel less overwhelming and you’ll be more likely to commit to it long-term,” says Lambart.

To make your goals more achievable, use the S.M.A.R.T. method. By making resolutions that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely, you’ll find you can stick to them and achieve them.

Have a time frame in mind: “Attaching dates to each step will keep you more accountable and will allow you to focus on the tasks at hand, rather than being overwhelmed by the enormity of a change,” says Lambart. “Talk to others who have made a similar change, to understand the time you may need to allow for each step.” The important thing is to be realistic with your time frames.

Make it real: Tell people about your dreams and aspirations. Sharing your resolutions helps make them real and will encourage your family and friends to become your cheerleaders.

Surround yourself with people who will lift you up when you are doubting yourself as some bumps along the way are to be expected when it comes to making a career change” says Lambart.

As the new year approaches, take a moment to review or create career goals that you’d like to achieve in 2023. By breaking down your big New Year’s resolutions into SMART goals, you’ll make it easier to achieve them and land a job you love.

If you’re interested in a career change in 2023, then we can assist via our Career Coaching services.

Source: https://www.seek.com.au/career-advice/article/expert-approved-ways-of-sticking-to-your-new-years-career-resolutions

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