When the clock struck midnight at the start of the new year, many of us set resolutions or goals that we will take with us into 2022. These goals and resolutions have taken on a new meaning after the events that have unfolded over the past few years. We have had time to reflect on our lives and what is important to us, and for many of us, our careers were the focus. Career goals are important to set as they provide a sense of purpose, which can also make your job more enjoyable.
Leah Lambart, a career coach with Relaunch Me, provides her five key rules 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. She also recommends finding an accountability buddy to keep you on track. You could also think about creating a vision board of what you hope your life will look like once you complete the change.
- 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. Focus not only on the career change, but also on the positive change to your life you will get when the career change is implemented, such as more time spent with family, less weekend work or overseas travel, greater work satisfaction, as you’ll be more likely to achieve your career goals if you have more meaning attached to them.
- Be specific with your goals: If you break the change down into 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. Making resolutions that are Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely, you’ll find you can actually 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. 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 people to become your cheerleaders and help motivate and encourage you.
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