“Do what you love and you’ll never work a day in your life.” – Unknown
We all wish we did what we loved to do, but many of us could use a plan for how to get there. This year doesn’t have to be filled with the repetitive #MundaneMonday through #FinallyFriday. You can decide right now to get the job you have been waiting for. It’s time we write our personal, career vision statements for 2017. Let’s start with: “In 2017, I plan to achieve a promotion or begin a new career, by exploring my full potential and setting new, attainable goals.”
Now that you have the vision, let’s talk about how you can achieve it. Here are a couple of things that will give you the steps you need to go after your new career and help make a dent in the gender gap.
All About Attitude
When you are getting ready to go to work, think to yourself “I don’t have to go to work, I get to go! A simple resolution to change how you think about your job will help keep you in the driver’s seat of your career. Plus, a positive attitude is a tell-tale sign of leadership skills.
Reward Your Wins
Give yourself a few weekly goals. Every time you achieve them, reward yourself with an extra sweet treat, favorite coffee beverage, or night at the movies. Not only will you be able to accomplish your goals, but you will likely be more upbeat in the meantime.
Go Above and Beyond
Whenever you are given a task, think of the practical ways that you can do more than what was asked of you. If there is a way to cut company costs or complete the job more efficiently, mention it to your supervisor. They will appreciate the time you took to go the extra mile.
Be the Voice of Encouragement
Whenever a co-worker is talking about a difficult task or an impossible deadline, take the time to encourage them or offer to help. The people around you will be less likely to complain and also more likely to offer to help you when you need it!
Take the time to build relationships with the people you work with. Stretch beyond the office small-talk and ask how their kids are doing, about their pet, or their hobbies. Investing your time into the people around you will show your boss that you are invested in your work-environment. Plus, you will probably feel more connected to your co-workers.
Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff
Stress has the potential to be a serious career killer. Not only does it impact your health, but it holds you back from showing off all of your great skills to upper management. Whenever you start to feel overwhelmed, take a quick walk down the hall, or do a quick breathing exercise. Keep your cool and show your boss you are capable of handling the situation gracefully.
Be a team player and take all of the necessary steps to bring your team to victory. If there is a particularly challenging task given to your team, be proactive in helping solve it. Not only will your team be grateful for the help, but your boss will be impressed by your intentionality.
You now have a vision statement and an action plan for achieving a promotion or brand new career this year. Take the time to write some of your own goals and don’t forget to reward yourself when you accomplish them!
About the Author:
Gloria Martinez believes that while women have made many advancements toward “shattering the glass ceiling,” there is still much to be done. It is her aim to help increase the number of women-led businesses by educating others about the topic. Visit her website at http://www.womenled.org
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