The New Year is around the corner which means it’s time to start thinking about what changes you want to make next year. Of all the things you can think about that shape your life your career is more than likely one of the “bigger” contributors. Think about it, if employed full-time, you are probably spending about 40 hours of your week at work. That is a lot of time, time which affects the quality of your life.

You may be perfectly happy where you are, love your employer and what you are doing, and wouldn’t want to change a thing. That’s great and it is a goal that many of us strive after. However, there are often bumps in the road on the way to that goal. Even if you have already reached that goal it is highly unlikely that you will not face any career obstacles in the future. In order to find satisfaction and overcome the obstacles we may face, we need to be prepared to face them head on. Rather than making a bunch of resolutions that you will just give up on in a month or so, make ones with lasting impact that will better your career and life.

Here are a few that can help to improve your career and prepare you for hurdles as you go about them:

I will invest time into my professional growth and continuous improvement. This doesn’t mean you have to spend every waking minute at work or working on that big project. It just means that you need to put the effort in to improving your knowledge and skillset. Don’t be complacent.

  • Think about the upcoming opportunities you will have to make improvements to your skills and knowledge. These can come from events you can attend, classes or groups you can learn from, possible on the job training, and non-traditional opportunities such as your hobbies (there may be transferable skills you can improve upon there).
  • Stay up to date on all technical training you have received (certifications, licenses, etc.) As companies progress you need to stay up to date or be left behind and then work double time to get back on track.

Wellness management. How you are feeling will affect your ability to perform. Focus on improving your wellness to better prepare you for up and coming personal trials. Build your confidence, strength, courage and the mental fortitude to take on any obstacles head on.

  • Life isn’t going to be easy all the time. You won’t always be healthy but you can take steps to help you along the way. Eat right, exercise and find the things that make you happy. Take time every day to do things that make you feel good and it will help through the hard times.

Responsibility and growth. We are human, we make mistakes we will have failures; all of us! But, we need to own up to and fix these in order to grow. Taking the time to think about the mistakes and failures you have had in your career (not dwelling on them) in order to learn from and how to apply the lessons learned to your future work will help you to navigate the paths to your goals a little better.

  • Understand, that without failure there wouldn’t be success, and each failure presents you with an opportunity to learn and improve.

“I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.

                Thomas Edison

Be open to opportunity and encourage your growth through your experiences there is always room to grow!