Happy New Year! It’s 2023, have you made your New Year’s resolutions yet? I always hear from a few anti-resolution types, “Oh, I never set New Year’s Resolutions. They are just a waste of time.”
I think January 1 is a great time to step back, reflect, and reset, especially with regard to your career. Here are 5 reasons why setting New Year’s resolutions is okay.
A Fresh Start
The beginning of the year is always the best time for a fresh start. A clean slate. The old year is gone, and a new year lies ahead. Anything is possible. After the long holiday season, focus on new beginnings, give yourself grace, and start afresh.
Speaking of new beginnings, the new year is when you’ll want to reset your life and take stock of where you are vs. where you want to be. Should you take your career in a new direction? Should you step out of your comfort zone? Or is it time to shoot for that fabulous promotion? Let go of last year’s baggage and walk into 2023 unburdened.
Set 2 to 3 Career Goals
Where do you want to be at the end of 2023? Write down 2 or 3 attainable career goals, such as getting a certification, finding a mentor, applying for a role to advance your career, or scheduling a vacation (in fact, take 2!), and work toward them. If you reach them, aim for 2 or 3 more goals. Don’t overwhelm yourself with too many, but make more goals as you meet them and watch yourself climb the corporate ladder.
Update Your Resume
The beginning of the year is the perfect time to dust off and update your resume. If you don’t remember when you last updated it, now is the time. Whether you have a job or are between jobs, you never know when the ideal position might come along. Always be ready for any opportunity for growth in your career. Receive a complimentary resume evaluation at www.madelynmackie.com – click the yellow banner at the top of the page and set up a time today.
Ask for a Raise
It’s a new year, a new day, and a new you. Know your worth and the value you bring to the table. Don’t be shy, be confident—and never be ashamed to ask for a raise. When your employer knows your quality work, they will wholeheartedly agree. Take that chance, and don’t look back.