I don’t believe you should only make resolutions at the start of each year, but I really enjoy the tradition. It forces you to take a hard look at your situation and assess the changes that need to be made.
With 2017 around the corner, it’s a good time to review the year and commit to some new goals. I started writing down my 2017 career resolutions after I heard a quote from Doug McCormack in the Listen Money Matters podcast. It goes:
“No matter what your profession, you are a business owner. Your business sells labor and manages assets to support the spending needs of your family. Labor is likely your largest asset and must be actively managed just like your finances.” – Doug McCormack.
This quote has changed the way I think about my career. It reminded me of the book, “The Start-up of You
” in which the authors make you see yourself as a company and urge you to invest in your success. This new approach will definitely manifest in my professional life and I set 4 main career goals for 2017. Feel free to use them as inspiration to advance in your own career:
Constantly update my skill set
The multipotentialite in me already has that covered, but I plan to take it to the next level. For example, if I decide to freelance in graphic design, I will master all the tools like Illustrator and InDesign. I’ll take it a few steps further and create different marketing materials. You get the idea. I basically decided to allocate more time to developing my abilities.
In a world where job security is obsolete, the ones who really stand out demonstrate adaptability, open-mindedness and curiosity. If you’re feeling stuck at your job, take on a new challenge and learn something new. If you don’t want to switch to an unrelated area, work within what you already know. If you’re a teacher, maybe you can sharpen your communication skills or learn how to use multimedia in your lesson plans. Whatever it is, keep pushing yourself. You will position yourself for upward mobility and financial progress.
Find the medium that works best for you to learn. Workshops? Seminars? Podcasts? Online courses? Books? The tools abound.
The saying, “Be so good they can’t ignore you” is my daily mantra. It’s easy to fall into stagnancy, but your brain will thank you for always exercising it.
Work for what I want
2016 has taught me a valuable lesson and that is to stop waiting on people to give me the green light. I used to wait on opportunities to come my way, but once I realized my power to create opportunities for myself, I never looked back. I’m not one to complain, but whenever I get frustrated, I will take it upon myself first to fix a problem.
Too often we react to our circumstances when we have the tools to change them. We dread Mondays and get excited on Fridays, but we don’t look for a job that will change that mindset. We wait for a promotion, yet do nothing to actually earn it. Don’t let people decide what you can or cannot achieve. If you picture it, work for it.
As the saying goes, “One year from now, you’ll wish you had started today, It’s that simple. Just START.”
I did fine with reading one book a month this year. I also listened to a lot of podcasts and I don’t plan to stop anytime soon. But in 2017, I want to raise the bar to 2 books a month. In an earlier post, I talked about how I’m currently learning about investing so I will most likely be reading more books on the topic.
You can gain so much knowledge from reading! If you want to familiarize yourself with a particular topic, pick up a book. When I read Seth Godin’s thoughts, I feel like a marketing expert myself.
Network and pick my circle carefully
As much as I hate to say it, “your network is your net worth”. As much as we’d like to do everything ourselves, we were brought on this earth to coexist. As Stephen Covey argues in The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, “the ability to work together (interdependence) is what will allow us to advance together”. Meeting new people is fun and most importantly, being surrounded with the right ones makes all the difference!
We absorb so much of our environment it becomes crucial to carefully design it. If someone (or something) isn’t adding to your growth, limit (or if possible, remove) your exposure to it. You only need people who believe in you and make sure you support them as well!
What are your new year’s career resolutions? Let me know in the comments!
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