I love January. Despite the cold temperatures, I love the feeling of a fresh start and how energized I am after a few days with family over the holidays. While I usually jump right on the resolutions bandwagon I admit that by the time summer rolls around I’ve usually lost sight of those promises (anyone else?). So this year I decided to take some time to reflect on the career lessons I learned in 2013 and work on implementing them in 2014.
Top 3 career lessons I learned in 2013:
Lesson 1: Set specific goals. This might sound pretty basic but over what has been one of the most hectic years of my life, I learned there is a clear right way and a wrong way of setting goals. First, the more specific they are, the better. Once you’ve determined what it is you are aiming for, write them down and post them where you can see them every single day. Hello, real-life inspiration board.
“Setting goals is the first step in turning the invisible into the visible.” ~ Tony Robbins
Lesson 2: Create a roadmap. I have always been a to-do list kind of girl. The problem is that things can get a bit out of control and suddenly you’re surrounded by (no joke) piles of to-do lists with no real game plan or order to accomplish everything on them. By creating a roadmap, you provide yourself with a plan to follow that will keep you moving forward. If your goal is to land a new job, a good place to start is by making a list of all the people whose support might help you land that job. There might be some tasks necessary to complete in order to be eligible for that new position. Find out what they are and put them on your roadmap.
“If you don’t know where you are going, you’ll end up someplace else.” ~Yogi Berra
Lesson 3: Take care of yourself. The reason why so many people fail to stick to their resolutions is because it’s hard. Plain and simple – it’s hard! But I know that I work better and even think better when I’m taking good care of myself. For me that means eating a low-sugar diet, working out, and (when I can!) taking some time with my family and friends to unwind. The motivation is to feel better and be better, which I find makes it easier to stick to. Increased confidence in my appearance is a welcome side effect, but not the main object. In 2014, I’m really excited to commit to some fun new workouts (hello, Local Barre!) and try some new, healthy recipes.
“Don’t sacrifice yourself too much, because if you sacrifice too much there’s nothing else you can give and nobody will care for you.” ~ Karl Lagerfeld
What are you doing this year to help you accomplish your career goals?
Career Girl is written by Andrea Samacicia Mullan, President of Victory PR. It is a regular column exclusive to HobokenGirl.com that will include everything from interviews with inspiring Hoboken Career Girls, career advice, and lots more. We are so excited to be partnering up with Andrea to bring some new and noteworthy ladies to HG + fabulous career tips for all! Make sure to #HGCareerGirl to join the convo!