Get a Fresh Start in 2018 With These Tips

John Krautzel
Posted by in Career Advice

At the beginning of the year, many people feel motivated and ready to launch new professional endeavors. However, it is also common to feel stuck in a rut and ready for a change. Find a way to put a spark into each workday, immerse yourself in the company culture and rejuvenate your personal and professional life with these strategies.

Identify Your Professional Purpose

Start by reflecting on your professional endeavors. Make a list of what you have accomplished on the job, and expand the list to include what you would like to accomplish in the near future. Identify how you fit into the company's overall mission and goals, and figure out how you can boost your contribution on a daily basis. Try connecting more with colleagues or rejuvenating an unmotivated team to boost your spirits and productivity. Find a mentor or colleague who inspires you to help you work toward your professional endeavors.

Eliminate Negativity

Negativity can drastically impair your ability to perform and accomplish your goals. A new year is the ideal time to weed out negative influences. Seek out individuals in your company who are positive, and surround yourself with positivity. Walk away from conversations that are based on gossip and complaining to positively impact your professional endeavors. For additional motivation, make it a goal to develop relationships with colleagues who have the same outlook you do and who are also working toward climbing the ranks.

Focus On Growth

Motivation often stems from goals that push you to do a better job. Take advantage of opportunities to expand your knowledge and skill set. Enroll in a professional development course at a local college, or join a professional organization to surround yourself with like-minded professionals. Continue to pursue your professional endeavors by offering to be a guest speaker at community events, or attend a conference related to your industry. The more you learn off the job, the better you are equipped to perform your job with confidence and a positive frame of mind. As a result, you may have the tools and resources to impact the company culture as a whole.

Have a Vision

Your happiness in the professional world results from your personal happiness. Find a vision at home and at work to help motivate and rejuvenate your performance. Envision your success, and jot down goals you want to accomplish for the new year. Identify steps necessary to make these goals a reality. Create a timeline for each step, and work toward your goals each day so you feel as if your personal and professional dreams are within reach.

If you feel like you're stuck in a rut, the start of a new year is a prime time to work toward catapulting your professional life to a new level. Start each workday with a positive frame of mind, and continuously work toward your goals to gain the motivation and confidence needed to break out of that rut and boost your career.

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