Did you have a great outcome in your job or career this year? If so, congratulate yourself! On the other hand, if the year fell short of your expectations, what could you have done differently? What’s more, how can you build a successful new year as a business professional in the coming year?
These are just a few of the questions you could be asking yourself.
Most often, we fail to consider that we have primary responsibility for our own career success. We can’t offload that responsibility onto someone else–even if we would really like to!
On the other hand, the fact that success starts with you and not elsewhere allows you to envision unlimited possibilities. Then come back “down to earth” and figure out what you need to do to turn that vision into reality. It’s your “book,” and you have the opportunity to write the opening chapter!
On that note, I’d like to share a short quote from Fred Rogers: “It’s really easy to fall into the trap of believing that what we do is more important than what we are. Of course, it’s the opposite that’s true: What we are ultimately determines what we do!”
I view that as meaning your “Chapter One” should reflect who you are, not just what you do for a living.
For the most part, we get too complicated in our expectations about career success. We think it must mean making a lot of money, controlling other people, or gaining some other powerful advantage. Instead, it’s more about building strength and a sense of value within ourselves.
To keep it simple, let’s focus on what you can control–and change.
If you answered yes to any of the questions, think hard about it. At this point, you need to look at what to do next.
That could mean taking one or more of the following actions:
Resist the temptation to postpone action until some “better” time. That time might never come. “Tomorrow” works well for thinking ahead. Not so much for jumping into action.
Start moving forward now, and you won’t need to regret missed opportunities in the future.
P.S. If I haven’t done so already, I want to wish you an amazing new year ahead!