Believe you can and you’re halfway there ~Theodore Roosevelt Happy New Year! It’s a whole new year! It’s full of possibilities! One of the big things we think about at the beginning of the New Year is our job and if we feel stuck. Sound familiar? Do you already know what you’re going to do this year? Maybe you’ve been looking for a job for a while and can’t find one? Have you started a business, but you need a bit more clarity? It’s a brand new year…it’s all possible, 2018 is chock full of success!

Gallup’s most recent workplace study in 2016 showed that workers surveyed are not in the least bit happy with the way they’re managed or told to work, and that only 33% of US workers are engaged. Those statistics indicate that workers think about, and look to make a change. The following are key ways to connect with the career that you want to be doing:

1.Get Clear.

Be clear on what it is that you like and dislike. Think about your strengths and weaknesses. Focus on your motives, your goals, and your values. The career that is right for you and that you will enjoy. Consider what will best suit both your personality and in what situations you work best. Is the career you’re presently spending between 40 to 45 hours or more a week adding more than it’s subtracting? Think about that rate of exchange. What If you’ve already taken the career leap because you felt you were clear, but it’s not working the way you thought it would? You need to think about things slightly different. Try using a different technique, method, or strategy until something clicks. Don’t give up, brainstorm with yourself, until you find the clarity you need.

“A lack of clarity could put the brakes on any journey to success” ~Steve Maraboli

 

2. Push Past Those Fears.

We all have fears. Careers are chock full of challenges, difficulties, ambiguities and uneasiness. Having fears can keep you from realizing your potential because of your fear of “sad” outcomes. You can definitely get stuck in “better safe than sorry”. Try not to go there. If you don’t take challenges, if you don’t dare to step outside your box, you’ll never know what amazing possibilities could occur. Acknowledge that you have the fears you have. Expose yourself to what you fear, think positive and manage your stress. To remind yourself of your accomplishments, keep a list so you will feel free to chat about yourself when need be, or if you need to remind yourself so you can bolster your ego, or possibly update your resume.

“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I have lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do.” ~Eleanor Roosevelt

 

3. Do Your Best Work.

We can get lazy and lack luster especially if we need to make a change at our career; this is not the time to let that weak side come through. Dig deep and produce your best work-the work that will make you proud. You never know where things can lead. The clients you are currently working with could end up being part of your future job success. Your best work will always earn you respect and accelerate your career.

“There is no failure, except in no longer trying” ~Elbert Hubbard

 

4. Remind Yourself What Success Feels Likes.

When you’ve been working toward the achievement of a goal for a long time, but your efforts haven’t resulted in any rewards…you haven’t made any money, or you haven’t obtained anything you feel you can brag about to others yet; you don’t really feel like you can pat yourself on the back, and so on–you’ll probably be tempted to quit. One way to stop yourself from quitting is to take a break and do something else that you know will be rewarding. Remind yourself “I’ve been successful in the past.” Rehearsing specific past successes helps build self-confidence when you’re stretching yourself and trying new things. Were you good at acting in local theater? Were you good at producing local theater? Raising funds for a charity? Perhaps you could teach a class in something you like? Finding “your success” is soooo personally restorative.

“Keep putting out good, it will come back to you tenfold in unexpected ways.”

 

5. Don’t give up on what you believe in.

It’s can be scary when things don’t work out the right away. Things often aren’t “one, two, three pick up sticks”. You may have changed careers, moved to a different company or you may have given up your day job to create YOUR COMPANY…that you’re not just working at during the DAY, but night hours too. No matter your decision, things don’t feel like they’re prospering. You may not be attractingthe business/clients you had imagined…at all. It’s important to remind yourself why you’re doing what you’re doing. You have invested your time and hard work in what you have faith will become a success. Continue to envision your dream. Remember to persist even when things get tough, and to know that you’ll find a way to make things work. Keep in mind that every problem has a solution and you’ll find the solution to solve yours. Setbacks are temporary. Refuse to give up until you achieve your goal.

“It always seems impossible until it’s done.” ~Nelson Mandela

 

6. You’re as young as you are today.

There is that fear of getting older, depending on who you are and how you were raised. The fear that of getting older can start at any age. You can have a concern about time running out, that the clock is ticking, that you only have so many years to decide what career you want, or if you still have the freedom of time to change your career. You must keep in mind that you deserve the career of your dreams. You can obtain the success you want to achieve.  If you desire to have a new job, or start a new business, or go back to school, you can do it. “There’s no time like the present.”

It’s best to start changing the story you tell yourself about getting older…the minute you say it to yourself. “Time is everything and I’m going to make sure that time is used the way I dream it should be used”, then you’ve got a whole different story.” ~Diane Sawyer

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