Create Career Success in the New Year

Are you ready to achieve a new goal for your work this year?

Perhaps your goal includes one of the following: a different position with your current employer, work at a new company, a plan for alternative work or community service for your retirement years, or a totally new career path that might require further education or training.

 Whatever your goal, build momentum by taking steps toward it.

You’ve heard of the ripple effect--a situation where, like the expanding ripples across water when an object is dropped into it, the effect from an initial action can incrementally lead to other results.

Based on the many successful career transitions I’ve witnessed with my clients, here are examples of steps to consider to achieve success in your work in this New Year:

  1. Make space in your life for your transition.

Everyone is talking about how busy they are and wishing for more time to get things done. Though it may seem contrary, pausing, rather than doing more, is a paradoxical way to more effectively reach a goal. When your mind and daily schedule are full, there's no room for new ideas, let alone the additional tasks necessary to make important changes. It's amazing how a few minutes of reflective time, writing in a journal, meditative walking, or conscious breathing can shift your experience of being stuck or overwhelmed.

  1. Ask "what" rather than "how".

Inherent in a transition are usually “how” questions that seem to demand an immediate answer. But transitions, especially in their early stages, are typically not developed enough to address complicated responses from "how" demands. Unable to come up with adequate responses to "how", you might assume your ideas are not feasible and give up.

Instead of abandoning your ideas, ask "what". Once you’re clear about the specifics of your goal, the "how" questions may change or become a non-issue.  Clarity about your goal, or the “what”, fuels resolve, whereas premature "how" questions diffuse excitement and stall the process of exploration. So, put the “hows” aside and get back to the details of  “what”.

  1. Let go and have patience.

You’re not alone if you like to be in control and have things wrapped up quickly. While there's nothing wrong with feeling in charge of your life, it's impossible to make everything fall into place in your timeframe.

Somewhere in the course of making a career transition, you’ll be challenged to let go of specific outcomes as well as when they will happen. In letting go, you may be surprised by unexpected results and delighted by the way your goal unfolded.

Here’s to your New Year success!