As we wrap up a year, it is a good time for reflections and revisiting your goals. You may want to ask, how well have I achieved my set-goals for the outgoing year? What were my limitations? What were my high-points? How satisfied or fulfilled am I with my achievements or activities in the outgoing year? Be sure to be frank and positive as you reflect.
For the New Year, it is important to be thankful and grateful for the gift of life and every other thing that you have been blessed with. You need to start seeing your family, career, appetite, good health, friends, pets, skills and so on, as blessings. What a better approach to positivity!
Set career goals for the New Year: write that certification examination, start your second degree, write GMAT/GRE/TOEFL/IELTS, enrol for an MBA, start searching for a new role actively, start networking actively and professionally. Whatever you choose to do, make sure that it aligns with your goals for the New Year.
As you note your career goals, do not forget your personal goals: weightloss, visiting the gym regularly, eating healthy, adding some weight, paying attention to relationships, praying more, socialising, etc. whatever it is, must contribute to your mental health and general well-being.
It is important to pay more attention to reading this year. Read more books this year than you did last year. It is general knowledge that hidden treasures are found in books. Of course, “readers are leaders” is an age long cliche that will always be relevant.
More so, be kind to people in the New Year. Make working with you fun. Be that influencer and encourager that the workplace needs. Deposit more in people’s emotional bank accounts. Acquire emotional intelligence skills; this is expedient for cordiality in the work environment and in life at large. Especially now, that the world is going through a lot. There are lots of disappointments, losses, despair and depressive attacks among humans, so it is important to show love to others. It is simple, just be kind to others. Follow the golden rule: do unto others as you would like to be treated.
To end this post, I will say dare to do more positive things in the New Year. Be more confident and show up for yourself and others when necessary. Reach out for professional help if you need one. Professional help could come in the form of coaching, mentoring, reading or by association. Very importantly, set SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Time-based) goals. Ensure you document your goals and progress as the New Year advances.
Best wishes for the New Year.