If finding success in the New Year is on your wish list, this is the list for you. The fresh start of the new year is a perfect time to take stock and figure out how to find success. Many of us often spend hours lamenting over the resolutions we did not keep. Did we even set the right goals, and how can we tell if we are on the right path? What are some of the activities that can help us to find success in the New Year? Here are a few tips to make sure you’re on the right track:
- Be realistic - start breaking dreams down into milestones - You might be familiar with the riddle “How do you eat an elephant? One bite at a time." The biggest goals require the most planning. Each step you take can be a step toward your dream, not away from it. Are you laying a foundation that will lead you to a time when your dreams are reality? Is it your dream to continue your formal education, have you started the process? If your dream is to own your own home, what is your savings plan? And do you really need that new pair of sneakers? Every little bit helps.
- Take stock of your current roles and relationships - Perform a yearly review for yourself. Set some goals for the coming year while considering these important questions or complete a yearly review- keep track of the questions and answers so you can refer back to them. Create a schedule so you can review your progress throughout the year.
- Finish what you started – If you can complete it in two hours or less, do it and cross it off your list. To do items can linger for days and weeks, so clearing your mind of old items can help you have a fresh start in the New Year.
- Focus on what you really want - Tip #2 should really help you with this one. What are your hopes and dreams, are you in the right career, are you connecting with friends and family the way you want to? Focus your time on what is most important to you to help you find success in the New Year.
- A new job - January is the best time to apply for work all year - the New Year leads to new budgets in many industries. During the last two months of the year, organizations are slow to hire as they wait on the new fiscal year and find it difficult to schedule interviews around holiday schedules. Follow-up on year-end applications and re-engage those inside connections.
- It’s always a good time to network - if you missed out on “Happy Holidays” cards, put them away and save them for next holiday season. Purchase some “Happy New Year” cards. Because it’s a new year, others are looking to start off strong and are thinking about their careers too. It’s likely they’ll be extra receptive to (re) connecting!
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