By Perminus Wainaina
What a fast year 2018 has been right?
You have noted by now that more and more people are getting ready to unwind and recharge starting next month.
Things seem to be on a go slow as most people anticipate to relax and spend time with their families and friends.
Perhaps you are in the same group of people and you can’t wait to take that much needed break!
But before you do so, ask yourself, “what have I accomplished in my career in 2018, and where do I see myself in 2019?”
When you think about it, 2019 is less than 50 days away!
It is for this reason that you should start designing a strategy of how you will accomplish your most important career goals by next year.
As you do that, you also need to do an objective assessment/SWOT analysis of what worked or hasn’t worked for you in 2018.
This will give you clarity and focus as you plan for your career success in 2019.
And here are 3 strategies you can use to start achieving your career goals next year…
Strategy #1: Put your goals in writing
A recent study conducted in the US showed that describing your goals in written form contributed to at least 80% of goals success.
The study further revealed that people who wrote down their goals had a higher success rate didn’t.
So as we get ready to usher in a new year, move away from simply verbalizing your goals.
Writing them down also gives you a point of reference. You can look back and see where you are doing great and the areas of improvement. Unlike having information existing in your mind alone, you can always go back to the goals you wrote and review them accordingly.
And the more you write, the more you remember and hold yourself accountable.
Strategy #2: Get yourself a career mentor
One of the greatest marks of career and emotional maturity is the ability to know when to ask for help.
It is knowing that there are certain things in your career you cannot do alone and you need the help of an expert to move from point A-B in your career.
This is where a career mentor comes in.
As you purpose to achieve your most important career goals for 2019, get yourself an expert who will hold you accountable and help you design a tailor-made road map for career success.
You need someone to guide you through the strengths, weakness, opportunities and threats in order for you to start making the right choices for your career.
Your career mentor will also help you with designing your career goals by ensuring they are S.M.A.R.T. (Specific, Measurable, Accurate, Realistic, Time bound).
Strategy #3: Remain committed to the cause
The truth is; achieving something you really want is hard and more often than not, you will be tempted to give up.
You will feel as though your goals are too far-fetched and almost impossible to achieve.
However, failing is part of the process. But like I always say, whenever you fall, get back up, dust off and try again. By so doing, the goals you set in 2019 will slowly but surely start to become a reality.
And this is why it is so important that you remain committed to the cause. Don’t fall by the way side when things get hard. Develop a high level of emotional intelligence and resilience when things get tough along the way.
And when you fail don’t quit! Learn from your mistakes and take every lesson you learn along the way with you. Have a positive mindset by anticipating good times and hard times for your career in 2019.
Persist until you achieve…
Let this be your motto come 2019, “persist until you achieve”.
Make an intentional effort not to repeat the same mistakes you have been making in your career.
At the same time anticipate an uneven terrain. Know that things may not always go your way and the goals you set will be subject to a number of modifications.
Be ready for the setbacks you will encounter but despite the challenges, keep your eyes focused on the ultimate vision you have for your career.