First off, Happy New Year. I hope your festivities were filled with fun and time spent with family and friends. With the holiday festivities over, it is not time to get back to the business at hand. This is a great time to refocus on your career goals and taking it up a notch. This is the time to develop and set your goals for what you want your career to look like; perhaps you want to change jobs; you might want to seek that promotion you have been wanting; you may decide that this is the year you take your skills and knowledge and start that business you’ve wanted; or you may just want to rev up your game and be a better employee. No matter what the reason, now is the time.
With the new year comes new hope, new beginnings and fresh starts. You can leave the past behind and set new goals for this year but there are some necessary steps that will help you reach them. First, I believe it’s important to purge the past – you won’t move forward if you’re holding onto negative feelings – or old baggage – from your frustrations or nonaccomplishments from the past.
One way to set your career intention for 2012 is to come up with a theme – a word or phrase – that sums up where you want your life and career to go. For example, if your goal is to move up the corporate ladder, your career intention might be: move up and lead more; if you want a new job, you might use words like: positive change, take more risks, seek new opportunities. I have several intentions that I’ll share: think bigger, take more risks, help more people, live large.
Setting a theme is a great and easy way to keep you living your intention and help keep you focused on them. I challenge you to come up with your career theme for this year – would love to hear what yours are!