How To Conquer New Year Resolution Failure 5 Tips for Career Success

by Elizabeth A. Bert on December 21st, 2011

The New Year is the perfect time to reflect and focus on what you want to change or achieve for the next 12 months. Each January, roughly one in three Americans set a host of New Years resolutions to better themselves in some way. (e.g. running a marathon, losing weight, saving money, getting a new job etc.). While resolutions are well-intentioned, most people fail at keeping them. Studies reveal that 60-80% of New Year's resolutions will be broken within the first two weeks.

Even with the dismal statistics, you can beat the odds. Career savvy professionals will use the New Year to take stock of your career. If you are working to earn a raise, move up in your organization or transition into a new career; this is an ideal time to assess where you are in your career and set goals that will help you advance professionally.

Albert Einstein said, "Insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting different results." It is not possible to expect changes if you keep setting goals the same way. It’s time to take a different approach and adopt new techniques. In order to achieve your professional objectives and position yourself for the next big move or ensure career success you must employ these 5 strategies:

1. Choose Mini – Goals - Keep it simple. Break down your goals into manageable steps - short, realistic and achievable. Avoid the temptation to attempt to tackle a laundry list of possible goals. Productivity studies show that you really can’t focus on more than 5-7 items at any one time. Instead pick one to three smaller goals which would make the biggest difference in your career.

2. Expand Your Network - Who you know can be almost equally as important as what you know. Your network of professional, business and personal contacts is a valuable asset for your next project assignment, cost-saving idea, tier 1 client or promotion. Strong relationships can develop in small ways. For example, you can easily incorporate breakfast, lunch or dinner meetings to reconnect with your current network; or for new connections branch out and join a local professional, business or alumni organization. The best networking strategy is to add-value to others first. In the process, you'll strengthen your relationships and build goodwill with professionals who can open doors to exciting career opportunities.

3. Strengthen Your Personal Brand –Others perception of you is critical to your career success. Create a competitive advantage by identifying your identifying the unique strengths, qualities or talents that make you stand out from your colleagues. If you don’t know, ask your manager, colleagues, customers and even family and friends to tell you. Select the top 3-5 greatest strengths that represent the foundation of who you really that support your career objectives. The ultimate goal of personal branding is to be known for who you are, what you stand for, and what value you bring. Any Personal Brand takes time to grow, Stick with your Personal Brand, without changing it; be unwavering and be patient.

4. Commit to Professional Development - Building your knowledge base is one simple key to success. The best investment you can make is in yourself. Learn something new, sign up for Toastmasters. Obtain an academic qualification or certification to enhance your skill set. To stay on top of industry trends read or listen to the latest business books. Short on time, read executive summaries. Hire a business or career coach to identify your strengths and weaknesses; to effectively move you from where you are to where you want to be.

5. Establish a Plan B – In this uncertain economy, it is a smart strategy to have a fall-back plan. You never know where or when your next opportunity may come. You must be prepared. Ensure you have an up to date and professional CV or resume. Keep a file where you keep track of the positive results of your contributions that benefited the organization. Strategically identify your transferable skills for a new occupation or industry. Explore potential new career options by requesting informational interviews for a position of interest. Or maybe, start working on a transition plan to launch your business idea.

Remember, life is a journey, not a destination. The good news is you have the freedom to reflect and make changes every single day. Pick a few suggestions. Try them out and see what happens.


Wishing You a Year Full of Career Success!



























































Posted in Career Transformation    Tagged with new year, resolution, career coach, success, goals, network, personal branding, professional development, Total Leadership Ventures LLC.


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