As the new year approaches many of us are busy setting resolutions for many aspects of our personal lives. But what about our careers? The new year offers new opportunities to take a step back and look at your career from a fresh perspective, allowing you to set some exciting new career goals for 2019 – and beyond.
Ask yourself what you really want
It can be all too easy to get stuck in a rut and continue in the same job you have been doing for some time just because it is simple and familiar. However, you should always take the time to consider what you really want out of your career – it will be very difficult to achieve any great success if you are working in a job that you don’t really enjoy. It may be a case of taking on some different responsibilities, or perhaps even a complete change of industry, but wherever you fall on this spectrum be honest with yourself about where your passions truly lie.
Be ambitious and realistic
It is essential that you set yourself ambitious goals in your life, otherwise you will not be challenged and pushed to achieve them. Having too many overly ambitious goals can feel daunting though, so make sure you also have smaller, more reachable targets in place that serve as stepping stones to the larger goal you are ultimately looking to achieve.
Read inspirational books and blogs
There are plenty of blogs, websites, and inspirational books out there to help inspire you in your career. Whether you are looking to re-train in a different industry or want to start up your own business you should search for advice from someone who has been there and gone through a similar experience in order to learn about any potential pitfalls and challenges, as well as to inspire you to keep working towards your career goal.
Always get a second opinion
The people who know you best will be able to give you sage advice on the career goals you are hoping to set for yourself – whether that’s friends, family, your co-workers, or even your boss. Draw up the goals you think you want to achieve in 2019 and then ask for their input – often they will be able to see things you may have missed or will suggest additional goals that hadn’t occurred to you.
Take the plunge
Setting your career goals is all well and good, but when it comes time to execute them it can feel overwhelming. Don’t let the fear of failure or judgment stop you from trying – one of the hardest aspects of working on any goal is finding the motivation and confidence to launch into it, but you may just find that momentum will carry you through once you have got over the difficult hurdle of getting yourself started.
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