New Year = New Chance And Maybe New Job
The passing of the old year and the ringing in of the new year is a time when so many decide to start new goals, new jobs, new opportunities and take chances on new things. The New Year is a symbol of rebirth and marks a great time for you to focus on the things you have been giving lip service to. Now is the time to put all these wants and wishes for change and new chances into action.
Probably the best way to be sure to succeed at your new goals and at taking chances, is to make sure they are achievable. Perceiving them as a goal rather than just a resolution is a good start. A resolution may be that you will find a new job and make more money. The resolution is unfocused and gives little direction. Redirect your thoughts into achieving goals. Set a goal of taking a class to hone some skills for a new occupation, or set goals of how many new contacts to make, or to start networking with people who can help you reach your goal. Remember, changing anything, in finding a new occupation or taking a chance on quitting smoking, there is a process involved. Things will not happen right away.
In setting your goals, map out a plan of action, with logical steps. In looking for a new job, your first step may be to enroll in that course you have been talking about. If your goal is to lose weight, you may want your first step to be to join a program to help. Make a list of the steps needed to achieve your goal, and realize that it is going to take time and dedication. Realizing that it will not happen overnight is the first step to success.
When you set your goals, set them small. As you pass each goal with success, it will give you more positive reinforcement to reach the nest goal. For example, if you want to get fit, start with a weekly class. As you gain strength and meet new people with the same goals, you may add a daily walk to your schedule. In two months, you may be feeling so good, you may join a gym. If a new job is your goal, the class may be your first step. As you gain new skills, you may want to rewrite your resume. You can seek out new networking venues, and meet some people in the field you want to work in.
As positive reinforcement, reward yourself as you pass each step toward your goal. After mastering that exercise class, buy yourself a new workout outfit, or after doing well on an exam in your class, buy a smart piece of clothing you can wear on a job interview. Little rewards give us a push to continue on.
Remember to set attainable steps toward your goals, and not to get discouraged with a setback. Regroup and move forward again, and soon you will have that new job, or you will be in great shape and reaping the satisfaction at having worked hard to achieve success.