It never fails, when the calendar turns over into a new year general optimism is at its prime. Most people are optimistic or at least hopeful that this new year will be better than the last. They vow to be fitter, trimmer, more organized and more financially responsible and hands down happier in their jobs and careers.
This is the year they vow that things at work will be different, things will be better. They promise themselves and their families that they will balance work and life demands better, find their passion or leave an all-consuming job. They have been down this road before. They have secretly made these promises to themselves throughout the year and even envisioned what a better job or career looks like. Now it’s the new year and now is the perfect time to take action.
So where should they begin? The first step is to clarify for yourself what “better” means. Is it a job or role that better aligns with your strengths, or is it a place that feels like a better fit, or is it making a bigger difference, or is it rediscovering a fire in your belly that makes you excited to get up and go to work? Maybe its many or all of these things.
Next is asking yourself, what are you willing to do about it to make things better? Are you willing to commit to the time to gather information, enlist resources, assess your options, and create a plan? Change requires a commitment to do the work to make it happen. Without it getting a better job will only show up again on next year’s list of resolutions.