Remember your first day at work? You were radiant and enthusiastic, ready to learn and get things done. Months afterward, that enthusiasm got sucked up by stress, office culture and everything else. It swung to a downhill spiral and you don't think it will pick up anytime soon. So how can you hit your work goals if you're feeling weary of it?
First of all, give yourself a pat in the back. You've done all that you can. You made do with what you have. You may have been a bit of a slacker, somewhat procrastinator, and a daytime sleeper, but you can change all that.
This year, you get a fresh start; a brand-new slate, and you can draw on it with your dreams of the future by committing to the goals you've set for yourself.
How? Here's a checklist.
Commit to succeed. Don't just devote yourself to finishing the task; show off what you've got. Explore your talents and use them. Let the company know that you are a precious asset and allow them to give you challenges that will shape your attitude and perspectives. Don't limit your role in a box or a name. Take up space. Then, expand.
Stay on track. If you want to achieve greater things, then you have to plan ahead. No more daydreams; it's time to write your goals to reality by knowing what to do, when to do it, and how to do it. Load your goals with words of affirmation to keep you motivated. Having struggles sticking to your schedule? How about trying OKRs (Objectives and Key Results); this powerful method has been used for decades and has worked for many successful corporations, including Google.
Break away when you can. Nope, this is not the year to stay stuck in your chair, doing the same thing over and over again. This is the year where you see the bigger horizon. Travel! Immerse yourself in new cultures, learn a new language, and discover how people thrive in other parts of the globe. Not only will this help you stay well-rounded and refined, but you will be inspired by stories and strengths you uncover during your trip.
Shape up. It’s time to check what’s on your plate, when you work out, and the hours you sleep. Being fit mentally, physically and emotionally makes you ready for the big, new things coming your way. You don’t want to be drowsy at daytime when you’re doing a pitch! Being healthy helps you keep up at every workload thrown at you. Plus, you get a nice, radiant glow – it shows on your skin, and your attitude.
Learn how to save. Stop yourself from making that monthly splurge. Instead, set aside money for that one, big investment. It could be your dream holiday or a larger apartment. Having a tangible result of success will help you stay committed and motivated in your work.
When you need it, ask for help. Having a goal doesn’t mean you have to do it alone. Seek advice from friends and loved ones when making a career move. Tap into your circle's network and let them open new doors for you. If you have no idea where to start (or restart) your career, find mentors.