A new year. A new decade. It’s a time for new hope. And I don’t mean another Star Wars spinoff. I’m talking about starting 2020 with your head up. If you’re frustrated at work, or having a tough time finding the right role, be confident there is something better for you out there.
2019 was a challenging year for me, moving from a big corporate job to starting my own business. I cope with the uncertainty, fear and stress by meeting with my own coach, working out, reading, building my network, and trying to really listen to my gut. I’ve had to rewrite the doubting and guilty recordings playing in my head, and try to replace them with positive messages of acceptance, abundance, and gratitude.
As 2020 begins, I can say that I am truly grateful that the work I'm doing is getting me closer to living a better life.
The same can be true for you. Getting into the right mindset to meet 2020 head on can start with some simple shifts.
Taking a Joyful Approach
Think about your joy, and take stock of what’s great about your professional life:
• What do you do best? We are often happiest when we can demonstrate mastery.
• What challenges you? We also thrive on challenges that expand our sense of what we can do and how well we can do it.
• What are your passions? Finding a way to marry your passions with your day-to-day work can turn your perspective on work around (it did for me!).
• What’s on your bucket list? Maybe there are goals you’ve always wanted to meet that you haven’t been brave enough to try yet (in my case, starting my own business). Financial worry, family stress, or fear may be holding you back. But, the new year is a time for resolutions. Resolve to take some chances and take action to achieve some of those aspirations you’ve been putting off.
• What have been your favorite parts of past roles? Sometimes we find ourselves in positions that provide a false sense of stability, but we aren’t happy. Writing down the aspects of all your previous jobs that you liked doing best can help you identify what you need to look for in pivoting in a fresh direction.
• Where do you see yourself in five or ten years? I know it sounds like an interview question, but think about it without trying to sell anyone (or yourself). Truly, where would you like to be long-term? Once you’ve visualized the future you want, you’ll be better able to see where your current role fits into that plan. This might stem your current frustrations (it’s a short-term sacrifice for a larger goal). Or it can help you recognize the time to move on or in a new direction.
Personalize Your Approach to 2020
Approach your professional goal-setting for 2020 by making specific goals that matter to you. You’ve taken stock with the list of questions above. Now, reflect. Then, write down some promises to yourself shaped by the answers you’ve come up with that are personal to you.
Once you do this, you’ll be able to craft a professional branding statement that is authentic. Taking time to reflect helps assure that every step in your job search genuinely reflects what you are searching for in your next position. Being true to yourself and personalizing your approach will also ensure more meaningful conversations while networking. You’ll drop many more mental anchors for people to remember you and retain your conversation.
If you want 2020 to be a great year, do the work needed to get in the right frame of mind. Job searches can be grueling. Don’t be defeated. If you’re feeling hopeless, get help.
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