Keep moving, keep growing

It is important to come up with your career planning as it gives you the much-needed direction and makes it clear there where you see yourself in future. Career stagnation occurs when you feel a lack of engagement with your work or career. When we identify how we want to grow in our careers and then step onto the path to doing so, we boost our energy and our expertise — coming up with new clues for longer-term goals.

 

Identify your strengths and weaknesses

Write your strengths and weaknesses down – this will motivate you to obtain the skills and knowledge that are required to achieve your goals in future.

 

Who are you?

Know who you are, and what you want – assertiveness is a key communication skill that allows you to speak up for yourself in a manner that is respectful and appropriate for any environment.

 

Pause and play

Always make time for reflection. When was the last time you took a moment to reflect on your life? And I’m not referring to those ‘silly’ New Year’s resolutions. We all love end-of-the-year reflecting, but other than that, there are not many moments that compel us to spend tranquil time in self-reflection. What if we made reflection part of our everyday routine instead of a yearly thing? Reflection is important – to make sense of things, to uncover breakthroughs, to challenge your thoughts, to recognize change and track progress, and to live with more intention.

 

Keep moving

A lot of working people and jobseekers worry about looking like “job hoppers.” They force themselves to stick it out at jobs they hate, because they are afraid that employers might spurn them if they have too many short-term jobs on their resumes. You have to keep moving ahead and keep learning just to keep up with the rapid changes in the business world if you want to survive and thrive in the new-millennium workplace. Do not get and remain comfortable.

 

Network

Try to meet and connect with as many people as possible – you never know what opportunity may arise.

 

Speak your appreciation

Always acknowledge people who help you. Studies show being acknowledged and recognizing others at work does more to boost self-esteem and morale than even a raise, as an incentive. Feeling acknowledged, being recognized and valued is integral to retaining good workers.

 

Measure your own success

Everyone see’s success differently. Do you measure success by the size of your paycheck, or having the corner office? Your satisfaction with your career is strongly linked to whether you feel you have met your own goals, and not someone else’s.

 

Never, never, never stop learning

Take the time and make the commitment to invest in your greatest resource – you. Brush up on your weaker skills or develop yourself to work better. Learning promotes being proactive rather than reactive. Instead of sitting and waiting for things to happen, you will have the drive to get yourself out there, making things happen.

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