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Article By: Kasey Edgerton
When was the last time you actually kept a New Year’s resolution? Sure, it’s exciting to think about all of your personal and career goals on January 1st, but let’s be honest: it’s really hard to keep them once the holiday season dies down and February rolls around. It’s now 2019, and we want to come up with a list of realistic, achievable and measurable goals that we can actually keep ourselves accountable for!
Time goes so quickly these days, and you don’t want to waste another year not having what you truly want in life. You deserve it! You work hard, and sometimes you wonder why you can’t stick to your New Year’s resolutions more than a few weeks. But how do you stay on track and accomplish what you set out to do? With just a few tips you can set yourself up for a year of success. Check out these surefire ways to help you crush your career goals in 2019.
“If you can imagine it, you can achieve it. If you can dream it, you can become it.” — William Arthur Ward
Reflecting On The Past
Never underestimate the beauty of reflections. Take some time to prep for the challenges and hard work ahead by having a critical look back at your past year; acknowledge and celebrate your achievements, but face up to and learn the hard lessons from your failures. Learn from your mistakes in the past and visualize a future, defining success in your own terms. Most importantly, leave the past in the past, where it definitely belongs. Don’t continue to mentally beat yourself up over mistakes that have already happened, or hold on to any negative emotions or grudges from days past. Cleanse yourself and just keep moving forward, wiser and more prepared for tomorrow. The lessons you learn from self-reflection will always be invaluable when evaluating and gauging your personal growth and career progression objectively.
Making Small and Achievable Resolutions
A lot of times, we get caught up in the excitement and buzz of the New Year, and our resolutions have a tendency to be grand and unrealistic. Make sure that your goals for 2019 are actually possible, setting sub-goals prior to reaching that grand finale. For example, if you are trying to get published in a national magazine, aim for reaching those local outlets first. Make sure that you are not reaching for the stars, and that you are building a solid foundation beneath your feet. Steadily tracking goals in the short term can build towards a greater purpose, one step at a time.
Remember, there is dreaming and then there is actually doing. These are two different things and the ONLY way to get the important done – the things that really matter but aren’t urgent, as in not currently on fire – done, is to not “hope” to get them done but to schedule to get them done, and to be accountable to at least one other person to make sure it happens. From work projects to getting exercise, to spending quality time with family… scheduling and accountability are non-negotiables.
Just because you may have graduated, doesn’t mean your lifelong journey of learning has come to an end. Motivate yourself to grow and become a better person through different methods of learning, such as reading, networking, communicating with mentors and more. Especially with our increasingly digital world, it is important to make an effort to maintain connections with those who we care about. Okay, obviously, but sometimes, not so much. If you want 2019 to be different, better, more incredible than last year, you’ve got to do something different. A different schedule, different activities, different circle, different environment… something has got to change somehow. Don’t go changing all at once, but pick one thing right now, this very moment, and change it immediately and tell someone you trust about it. See what happens after a month and then go and change something else. Victories are not won by staying comfortable.
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Welcoming New Opportunities
In the New Year, we must make space to welcome all the new experiences and achievements available to us. Now is a good time to clean out your space, both physically and mentally. Go through your closets and cabinets to filter out those items that have been collecting dust over the years. Clear your head of old irrelevant information and enter 2019 with a sense of clarity. Being on top of your organization game will always put you a step ahead of the rest. Drop what’s not working and move on. This is hard to do at times, but the most effective when applied early. You might set a dud goal and sometimes that happens. It’s important to constantly measure your progress — hence why you need goals you can track. If you identify something isn’t working, drop it. Focus your time on the next goal and take the learning experiences to make the next steps better.
Bringing It All Together
Always remember that career growth can be hard work, so make sure to sweeten the deal for yourself with regular positive reinforcement along the way. Take time to celebrate small victories and incremental progress. This ensures that your goals become habits, your vision leads to real action, and your 2019 is on track to becoming the best year to date of your career! Don’t forget to treat yourself every once in a while by indulging in a favorite show or snack, sprucing up your closet to boost your self- image, or even a nice nature hike. Practicing proper self-care will keep you motivated towards achieving your ideal 2019 vision for your life! Whatever your goals are, life throws opportunities at us all the time. It’s our choice to either seize them as happy surprises or stay uptight and block our way to success. As long as you keep walking in the right direction, you will get there, even with a few detours.