In a few short weeks, we’ll be watching the Times Square Ball Drop, toasting to the New Year, and fashioning ourselves some resolutions that we’re hoping to achieve in the 2019 year. The end of the year is a great time to reflect on where you stand professionally and begin mapping out your goals for the upcoming year. Did you accomplish everything you set out to complete this year? Are you leveraging all the resources available to you to push your career forward?
As the clock strikes midnight and we turn the page to 2019, here’s how you can advance your career and set yourself up for success in the New Year.
Strengthen Your Relationships in the Workplace
How are your professional relationships with your managers and colleagues? Do you arrive at your desk each morning, pop in your headphones, and keep to yourself all day? Do you collaborate with your coworkers and offer to take the reins when necessary? Having strong working relationships with both your superiors and your colleagues is an important part of creating a strong professional network and boosting your visibility as a valuable employee that contributes to the company’s overall success. If you have your eye on a promotion, you’ll want to establish yourself as a leader and ensure you’re building relationships with your peers.
Welcome Failure with Open Arms
In 2019, it’s time to start taking risks. Failure may sound scary, but to quote Michael Jordan, “I've missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I've lost almost 300 games. 26 times, I've been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I've failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed." The best way to grow is to do something incorrectly, make mistakes, and turn those experiences into learning opportunities. Seek out ways to continuously push the boundaries of your knowledge and skills and never let the possibility of failure deter you from taking the risk.
Start Attending Networking Events
Attending industry networking events is an extremely effective way to advance your career and position yourself as an expert in your field. Research local events, conferences, luncheons, and meet-ups and open yourself up to new opportunities to learn and build professional relationships. Many employers support, and even encourage, their employees to attend industry-related seminars and events as a way to build brand equity in the community and give staff members the chance to further their education. You can improve your skills and experience, increase your network, and stay up-to-date on the latest trends and best practices in your field.
Get an Early Start
It’s time to commit yourself to becoming an early-riser. Not only do some of the world’s most successful individuals wake up at 5 a.m., but research shows that getting a jump-start on the day will lead to more productive mornings, reduced stress levels, and allow you to accomplish more work in one day.
Another way to get started early, aside from parting ties with your snooze button, is to start taking more leaps of faith. Get involved, put yourself out there, and reach for those higher level jobs. Some of the most well-known CEOs and self-made billionaires are under the age of 40, meaning you don’t have to use your age as an excuse to wait to start taking steps towards achieving your goals.
Many people make the mistake of keeping their information outdated or private on sites like LinkedIn. You always want to get involved in industry conversations, communicate your expertise, and maintain an active role on social networking sites to stay top of mind among your professional network. Don’t be afraid to put your professional interests on display and create your own personal brand through online channels like Squarespace or Contently. This will catch the eye of recruiters and hiring managers and help to separate yourself from the competition in your field. Be sure to include any groups you’re a member of, rewards you’ve received, measurable achievements, and any leadership experience you have.
Successful people don’t just magically arrive at the top of the pyramid. They ask for help, seek out a mentor, and place a tremendous amount of value in learning from others in their industry. It could be as simple as asking a fellow coworker if they’d be willing to show you how to use a particular program or volunteering to help your manager on a little project to further your experience. Either way, don’t be afraid to ask others for help.
Don’t Just Wish, Set Actual Goals
I want you to dream big. But don’t just visualize the career you want, start setting small, achievable goals to carry you closer and closer to reaching that dream. You won’t suddenly fall into your desired career, you have to break it down into tasks that are not only manageable, but that you’re committed to performing. Wishing you were the top sales representative at your company is great, but don’t expect to get anywhere if you aren't proactively taking steps to develop yourself professionally.
Here's to a prosperous and successful 2019 year!