Monday, December 31, 2012

2013 Career Resolutions

January is the time of year that many people set resolutions for the upcoming new year.  Most are personal in nature such as eating better, losing weight, exercising more.  I think it's a great exercise to set Career Resolutions.

Most companies finish up performance reviews and compensation adjustments at the end of the calendar year.  So, it's a great time for you to set Career Resolutions.  Take some time to reflect on what you accomplished in 2012 and what you would like to accomplish in 2013.

Setting these resolutions can help you keep focused on what is important to you in 2013.  It's very easy to get caught up in the day to day work of your career.  This is a great time to step back and be strategic about what you would like to accomplish.

Here are some things to think about to get you started:
  • What energized you in 2012?  When were you most excited to come to work each day?  What were you doing?  How can you do more of that?
  • Did you move forward in 2012?  How did your career change?  Do you like the results?  What's next?
  • What are the opportunities in front of you?  What do you need to do to take those opportunities?  Are you scared?  Why?
  • What would you like to learn?  What are you curious about?  What do you need to do to explore those areas?
  • What clients/customers did you love to work with?  Why?  How can you find more of those people?
  • When 2013 is over, what do you hope you've accomplished?  What would make you proud of yourself? 
Once you figure out your Career Resolutions, you need to take the next step and set goals, actions and time lines to make sure those resolutions are achieved.  This is the step most people miss in setting resolutions - the implementation plan! 

I challenge you to spend some time listening to yourself and evaluating your Career Resolutions.  Choose 2-3 to tackle in 2013.  I'll talk more about how to create an implementation plan in my next post.

Happy New Year!

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