Resolutions. We all have them. We all start them.
And we all rarely ever finish them. Maybe this year, instead of personal
resolutions, this is the year of career resolutions. Maybe instead of
unrealistically trying to lose those 15 pounds you have been caring around since
college, it is time to focus your energy on how to develop yourself at work. Where
can you improve? What can you build on? What do you want to learn more about?
How do you want to transform yourself? While thinking ahead into 2013 what do
your career resolutions look like? Maybe you can start by thinking about
several of the outcomes below.
Personal Development Plan
Most game plans or work plans that you develop at
the beginning of a new year focus on specific tasks or to dos to accomplish
during that specific quarter or calendar year. They are almost entirely career
or work focused. Rarely do they take your personal and family goals into
account. And rarely do they focus on your lifetime goals and growth. A personal
development plan encompassed all of these factors. It can include overall
career goals as well as personal and family goals all wrapped into one single
plan. These goals can be a culmination of what you want to accomplish over a
life time along with details on how. For you it can create your own personal map
of how to get there.
Become a Leader
So perhaps you don’t exactly hold a leadership
position in your office. Maybe you are a new employee and the word "leader”
hasn’t been something in your vocabulary, yet. No matter the situation and just
because your title doesn’t have you at the top of the company ladder, there are
still many ways you can start today by developing yourself into a leader at
work. First figure out what kind of leader you are. What are your strengths and
weaknesses? What are your leadership characteristics? What is your leadership
vision? What leadership statement best describes you? Find the answers to your
questions and you can begin to develop a leadership plan to focus on and
perfect for 2013 and beyond.
Train, Learn and Educate
your career. There is never a better time than now to start honing your craft. It’s
time to start polishing what you do. It’s time to start building it for the
future. Identify the areas of your job responsibilities that you want to grow
in and start learning more. Take a class that teaches you something that you
didn’t already know. Shadow a colleague to understand what it takes and to see
it all through their eyes. Read a book. Write a report. And above all ask lots and lots of questions.
Better Work-Life Balance
Eat + Work + Eat + Work + Eat + Sleep. For most
people this is what their work life-balance formula looks like. There is no
inclusion of family or friends or fun or free time. There is generally only
time added in for the basic necessities to survive a long, never ending work
day. There is really no "life” at all in the formula, only work. This formula
however is not the equation for great work-life balance. The formula has to
include additions of movie nights. There has to be pluses of free time when you
don’t pick up your cell phone because you were too busy re-living old times
with your friends. There has to be additions of time in total silence, sitting on
a beach, drinking a margarita. A formula modified with all these things creates
a better career life for you and everyone that surrounds you. Take the time to
figure out how you want your equation to look and you will see that the true
formula is not a survival formula, but becomes your true how to live formula.
Here’s to making this the year you step from behind
the curtain and start speaking your mind. Take the opportunity to make yourself
heard at your next all company meeting. Even if you think your idea if off the
wall or even just a small brainstorm of something that isn’t quite developed,
get it out there in the open and start talking about it. Start taking the
initiative and express yourself.
This year change your focus. Make your career
personal. Set your career resolutions up now and watch them become part of your
career goals for a lifetime. So, here’s to you in 2013.