1. Don’t beat yourself up -It is important to understand that perfection is impossible. If you fail, you should not be so hard on yourself. Remember that minor mistakes are completely normal when reaching your goals and it is okay to be human. Everyone has ups and downs; resolve to recover from your mistakes and get back on track (American Psychological Association, 2014).
2. Be realistic – Make resolutions that you think you can keep. For example, if you set your goal as “Eliminate stress in the workplace,”then you are in for a challenge because there is no way to completely do away with stress. It is a natural part of our working environment, which would make this goal unattainable. Perhaps a more realistic resolution is to develop or use some productivity hacks in order to reduce stress. Productivity hacks may include working off-line as much as possible, doing the tough tasks first, or avoiding unnecessary work. Your goals should be simple, specific, and trackable so you can maintain them successfully.
3. Write it out -Keeping a “journal is another helpful way to keep track of your progress each week with new goals” (Green, 2014). Use the journal to describe your thoughts about any significant changes or accomplishments throughout the year. By tracking your progress, you would be able to recap the meaningful tipping points you achieved and you can use your own words as a motivator if you are struggling to stick to your goals or in need of some encouragement. A bonus is that this same journal can serve as a helpful record when yearly performance reviews come around.
4. Talk about your goals – You should not keep your career goals to yourself because you are afraid to fail. Share your resolutions with coworkers, family, friends, and most importantly your boss. The best case-scenario is to discuss your resolutions with your boss so you can come up with a plan together on how to reach them and how the organization can support you. This will make your journey less intimidating and easier to accomplish.
5. Reward yourself – Once you see a significant improvement towards your goal, don’t forget to reward yourself. Go have lunch at your favorite restaurant or buy a new shirt for a job well done. This will help inspire you to continue on your path.
With a great deal of dedication and employing a few of the tips above, you will be well on your way to sticking to your 2014 career goals.
American Psychological Association. (2014). Making your new years resolution stick. Retrieved January 16, 2014, from http://www.apa.org/helpcenter/resolution.aspx
Green, T. (2014). How to keep new year’s resolutions: 5 tips to make lasting changes in 2014. Retrieved January 18, 2014, from http://www.ibtimes.com/how-keep-new-years-resolutions-5-tips-make-lasting-changes-2014-1526664