Sticking to your Professional Resolutions


It’s a New Year, and you know what that means – time for resolutions!

If you’ve ever made a New Year’s resolution before, you may have noticed that it’s difficult to maintain over time. Significant change usually takes some serious effort and dedication. But if you’re still deciding how you want to improve this year, why not focus on professional growth? Regardless of where you are in your career, senior-level or new to the field, there’s always room for improvement. Keep these 3 tips in mind to help you stick to your professional resolutions: 

shutterstock_233930755Seek Support from your Team

When making any significant change, there’s one thing makes the process a whole lot easier: support. With that in mind, consider seeking support from your colleagues at work when focusing on professional growth. For example, maybe one of your colleagues is great at time management. If that’s an area you’d like to improve in, then ask them for tips and best practices. This will benefit both you and the company by not only improving the desired professional skills, but also strengthening your sense of teamwork. 

Set up Check Points

In my experience with New Year’s resolutions, they tend to be easy to start but challenging to continue over a long-term period. To remedy this, set up check points along the way. Check points will provide a designated time when you can take a good, hard look at your progress and determine whether you’re still on the right track. You could have a check point every two weeks, each month, every two months – any time period that you’re comfortable with.

Be Honest with Yourself

This one seems intuitive, but it’s easy to unintentionally let it fall by the wayside. People are sometimes creatures of habit, and falling back into a bad habit is always a possibility. Make sure you’re focused on the goal and the area that you need to improve. If you’re having trouble following through, don’t hesitate to reach out for more support. Remember, you can do this, but it’s going to take an honest effort on your part.

We wish you the best of luck this year and lots of success with your resolutions. Keep these 3 tips in mind as you pursue professional growth this year and you’ll be on your way to success. We’ve got a fresh start here in 2015, so let’s make it a great year!