Another year has come and gone and for me, this past year was a one of things to end and new beginnings. As I returned from Asia, my inboxes contained several private messages and emails asking about careers. I’m very happy to see so many write to me during the holiday season, as it really shows that they are thinking about their futures. I totally understand the desire lay back and put your feet up during the winter break, but I really want to give kudos to those who spent the time studying towards certifications or planning out their futures. It takes a tremendous amount of dedication to spend your downtime studying or planning, but it is also one of the best opportunities to get further ahead.
A new year, a new me. Better than last year? We shall see.
If you haven’t done so already, I really encourage you to start making all your plans for the new year immediately. It’s so easy to say you’ll do it tomorrow and then the next day, etc., but seriously… create your plan and put it into action today! You don’t have to boil the ocean; just think about some things you want to accomplish in the short term and break them out so that you can create timely and realistic goals you can achieve while building your confidence. You’re starting off a new year and this is the perfect time to reinvent yourself to be the person you want to be or need to be.
Don’t let perceived realities get between you and your dreams.
We often give up on ourselves before we really start working toward our goals or desires because we believe they could never happen. Just because some things seem impossible doesn’t mean that they are. Don’t give up on yourself when things get tough and if you can, find a support person who will help you get to where you want to be.
Share your goals and get support.
Sometimes we all need that extra motivation. Take going to the gym for example… many people are completely fine going to the gym alone, but others lack the discipline/motivation so they rely on someone to go with them and push them. Find someone you can share your goals with that will really help you stay focused. Finding someone to motivate you doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, they don’t even have to understand your goals, they just have to make sure you’re working towards them.
Allow yourself to learn from others.
Even the most driven and motivated people may not know if their going in the right direction or might have questions about where they’re headed. Who better to learn from than someone who has been there or someone who can help get you there. Mentors can be such an important element to your career development. I’ve had many great mentors in my career who helped shape where I am today. If you have an idea you want to bounce off of, questions about a field, need guidance on a particular situation or subject, etc. a mentor can share their experiences and give you advice. How do you find a mentor? I’m glad you ask. Learn this and more in my upcoming WebEx session. https://learningnetwork.cisco.com/docs/DOC-16464
As this new year has begun, I really want to see you all make the most of it, reach your career goals and achieve those sought after certifications. I wish you all the best towards your goals in 2013.
Now get out there and do something positive for your future!
What are your new year’s resolutions for 2013 related to your career? What are your certification plans? Will you look for a mentor or continue to regularly work with a mentor?
Please share your thoughts and any pre/post WebEx session questions about mentoring here.