The new year has arrived! For many of us, January is the perfect time to reflect on our lives and set new goals, hoping to become better versions of ourselves. Many people make personal resolutions like getting in shape, quitting smoking/drinking, or learning a new language. But, what about career resolutions?
A Career resolution It’s exactly that: your career resolution is meant to help you become a better professional. At Work It Daily, we believe you should work on your career every day (yes, you should “work it daily”). So, everyone should make a career resolution or two along with those other ambitious resolutions. They can be small things like learning a new skill or growing your professional network or bigger goals like getting a promotion or getting a new job.
But how do you know what career resolutions to make?
“Where do I want to be in my career?” You can start by asking yourself that. If your answer is “no”, then you need to take a closer look at your career goals.
Here are five more career questions to ask yourself this new year to help you grow your career and become the professional you know you can be:
1. Am I proud of my job title?
You may be a janitor or a neurosurgeon, it doesn’t matter. If you’re not proud of what you do for a living, something is missing: passion.
Career burnout is real, but sometimes it goes deeper than that. Our passion at 25 should not be at 40. And that’s okay.
When we Passion for what we doWe are proud because we are doing what we think is important love doing We are adding value and making a difference to this crazy world—in a small, but significant way.
Every task is important. No matter what your job title is, if you’re not proud of it, you should definitely change it. Identify a problem you want to solve and go after it. What are you waiting for?
Remember: A job that you are not passionate about is bad.
2. Am I secure in my career?
This is somewhat different from job security. In fact there is no job security. Every job is temporary. Do you think you can stay in the same job for decades and then retire? Think again.
So, what does it mean to feel secure in our career?
Well, when we believe as experts we can add value wherever we are.
You are a business. A company won’t want to invest in you if they don’t know the types of services you provide, the value you can add to the organization and the problem you can solve for them. Here are some examples of questions that can help you determine if you are secure in your career:
- you Adding value In your current job?
- Are you improving your skills, expanding your network and building your personal brand?
- If you lose your job, are you confident you can find someone comparable in the same field?
- Are you confident you can demonstrate to potential employers how you add value?
From every job There is In the meantime, it’s important to constantly work on our careers and ask ourselves these questions often, so we’re always safe in our businesses—one.
3. Can I achieve wealth?
When most people think of “wealth,” they think of dollar signs and anything you can add monetary value to. Our jobs help us build wealth. We are not telling you that money is not important. But this! It allows you to live the life you want to live. In many ways, money equals freedom.
But the truth is, there are other forms of wealth that are too important to you to attach any monetary value to.
Real wealth comes in the form of family, friends, hobbies, experiences, knowledge and community. If you don’t have these things, money will never fill that void.
So, does your career allow you to build this type of wealth? The invisible kind? Or are your relationships strained because of your job? yours Work-life balance no? Do you have any time to pursue hobbies, study or volunteer?
Your career should never prevent you from achieving true wealth. The best job is not the one that pays the most. It pays the bills and gives you enough time to live.
4. Do I have any regrets?
It’s hard to ask ourselves this question because we don’t want to know the answer. Admitting that you regret something in your life is the first step to making a change. guess what? There is still time Chase your dreams!
If you have regrets, it doesn’t mean you aren’t a successful professional. It also doesn’t mean you don’t have a good career. You may be a highly successful person, but if you can’t find the courage to start that business, change career, or go back to school, you’re likely to ask, “What?” For the rest of your life.
You’ll never know if you don’t try. Don’t be afraid of failure. Life is just one big experiment, experiments never fail.
And even if you “fail”, that’s a much more valuable experience than waiting the clock on a normal career. So, don’t give up on your dreams just yet.
5. Can I reach my full potential in this role? In this career?
When we think we should contribute more to society, it is a sign that we have not yet reached our full potential. Do you feel like you’re wasting your potential at your current job? Do you think you’ll reach your full potential in another career?
Really think about what you want your professional legacy to be. It’s hard to get up in the morning when you don’t get satisfaction from your work. When it’s time for you to retire, will you look back on your career and feel like you accomplished a lot in those 50 years?
Everyone has unique gifts, skills, and expertise. If we focus on growing as individuals and as businesses, it’s much easier to share those things with the world. Give yourself a chance Reach your full potential. You might be surprised what you can achieve.
Before you settle back into the same routine at work this year, we hope you’ll take a few minutes to ask yourself these professional questions. Listen carefully to how you answer them. You may need to make a career resolution or two.
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This article was originally published on an earlier date.
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