New Year, New You: How To Achieve Career Success in 2017

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New Year, New You: How To Achieve Career Success in 2017

January 27, 2017 13:58 PM (EST)
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“If you always do what you’ve always done, you will always be where you’ve always been.”
With a new year comes new opportunities for your career. And, with U.S. News reporting 80% of resolutions fail by the second week of the new year, maybe NOW is the best time to refine your professional goals and take steps toward achieving career success.
The new year presents the ideal time to create a strategic plan for your career growth and plan ahead for the future. Follow these goal-setting tips for achieving career success in the new year.

Take an Inventory of Strengths and Weaknesses

It’s difficult to effectively set goals for the new year if you have not evaluated your current strengths and weaknesses. Take a close look at the goals you achieved last year and what types of accomplishments you’d like to achieve in the future. Incorporating your strengths and weaknesses into your career plans is critical for your success. When setting new goals, think about how you can capitalize on your strengths and work on improving areas of weakness.

Set Meaningful Goals

Often times people believe they have to set big goals in order to achieve for success. This could not be farther from the truth. Whether you’d like to get a substantial promotion or simply gain a new workplace skill, there is no goal too big or too small. Rather than put enormous pressure on yourself to accomplish something “big,” choose to set meaningful career goals that will have a positive impact on your professional development.

Make a Strategic Plan

Setting goals means nothing without having a concrete plan in place to achieve them. Once you take the first two steps above, map out a plan on paper for how you’re actually going to meet your goals. Your plan should include specific action steps and a schedule that is realistic with your lifestyle. Developing a plan will keep you on track, allowing you to define the best course of action for meeting your specific objectives.
Setting and accomplishing meaningful goals is not always easy, and it’s important to celebrate your successes along the way. Giving yourself credit along the journey will help you stay motivated and focused, inspiring you to keep moving forward.

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