2019 isn’t about making New Year’s resolutions you might not keep for long. No, the coming year represents an opportunity–or many of them. In fact, you can choose to view it as a series of challenges or opportunities. In large part, it’s up to you.
Don’t think about a focus on new opportunities as being overly optimistic. Instead, consider it your chance to identify and overcome challenges . Whatever barriers blocked you from achieving goals this year, look at steps you can take to master them next year.
For example, if you missed out on a promotion or a new job, what factors played a part in that? If there’s something you can control, create a plan to prepare for a better outcome next time.
Furthermore, avoid thinking you have to look for huge opportunities with equally huge payoffs. As the Greek philosopher Demosthenes once said, “Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprises.” When you view the year as a blank page, seemingly small opportunities might show up that you can turn into something larger.
I hope this year has offered you career success you feel good about. On the other hand, if it didn’t, I hope you will manage to view next year differently. Consider it as holding at least the potential for a new job or career move you will find satisfying.
Begin by brainstorming ideas for making it a fresh start. While you can’t exactly erase mistakes or misses, you can do a lot to offset them going forward.
Think about it: When you jump into a pool from a high diving board, you take a deep breath first. Why? Because you know it will take you a few seconds to surface. That’s not a bad technique to adapt to your career management, including job search and career change situations. Starting a new chapter with the new year makes a good jumping-off point.
Have you heard the saying, “you don’t get a second chance to make a good first impression”? You might find that in some situations, that’s not exactly the case. If this year didn’t turn out as expected, next year could produce better results. Examine what didn’t go well at all and what was OK but could have gone better. Then plan and take action to improve your odds for next year and its new opportunities.
At the same time, remember to give yourself credit for what went right, whether or not you could call it spectacular. As I learned from a recent webinar called “Best Year Ever,” you want to celebrate effort, not just results.
P.S. Since this is my last post for 2018, I want to wish you all a safe and happy New Year’s holiday and, of course, the very best in the year ahead. In other words, a year chock-full of new opportunities!