Have your new year’s resolutions for your career lost their luster? If you started the year off with exciting plans and a timeline and did well for several months, but you’ve lost your enthusiasm, you’re not alone. As the months pass it’s easy to lose your enthusiasm for any goal, career or otherwise. Before you give up, read on to find your motivation. There are ways to get back in the saddle.
Before you can find your motivation you have to determine how committed you are to reaching your career goals. Measure your commitment on a scale from 1–10. What is your level of determination? If it’s not a 10, ask yourself specifically what you need to reach that level of commitment. Do you need to say no to something taking up your time, in order to say yes to your career? Do you need to re-connect with your career values and the passion in what you do in order to find the enthusiasm again? Take a few minutes to think about why your commitment to your goal is starting to waver and what immediate steps you can take to remedy the issue.
Next, create weekly and monthly checklists. Our clients have found that they are more successful reaching their goals when they put this suggestion into practice. It could be a paper checklist or something that you set up on your phone or tablet. Accomplishing something every day, even something small, that helps you get closer to your goal will help you to gain motivation for larger action steps throughout the year. For example, let’s say that you want to become the top sales rep in your department this year. Instead of focusing on that big goal, start smaller. Determine how you can break that large goal down into monthly and weekly steps. Your baby step for the first week may be to contact 1–2 potential clients. Your baby step for the second week may be to follow up with one of your clients for a bigger sale. When you focus on smaller goals and see the results, this helps you to stay motivated to reach your ultimate goal. And having a regular checklist you revisit, will help you stay focused on that goal.
Another way to stay motivated is to create a support system. This could be a friend, a mentor, a career coach, or a family member. Talk to them about your plan, ask for feedback, and discuss the best way that they can help you stay on track, whether it’s a weekly check-in call or a coffee date every few weeks. Respect the arrangement you set up and determine if you can help your friend in a similar way. By creating this buddy system and finding mutual support, talking about what you have done and hearing positive feedback is a great way to stay motivated. Be selective about who you choose — make sure they have the personality to keep you on track and to help you stay positive.
Guest Blogger Hallie Crawford is a certified career coach and founder of HallieCrawford.com. Her team of coaches help people find their dream job and make it a reality. She is regularly featured as an expert in the media including the Wall Street Journal, CNN, and US News & World Report. Visit her website at www.HallieCrawford.com for more information about her team's career coaching services. Set up a Complimentary Career Strategy Session with Hallie Crawford to get advice on your career goals. *Mention you saw us on Talent Zoo and receive a free bonus if you purchase a product or sign up for coaching.*
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