As 2019 comes to a close and you reflect on your goals for the future of your career, you will likely consider what changes you can make to improve your professional life next year. While a complete overhaul is often too extreme, you can make various changes that are right for you at this time.
The negative impacts stress have on your career—and life—compound over time. Stress hinders your productivity by making prioritizing tasks a challenge. When you are overwhelmed by stress it also hampers your ability to accomplish professional goals. Therefore, finding ways to cope with your stress is essential. Perhaps consider getting into an exercise routine, eating right, or picking up a new hobby to combat stress. Finding something that allows you to de-stress and reach your potential will benefit your career. Consider using these tips to maintain your positivity during a stressful transition.
Make a Change…even if the time isn’t perfect
Are you currently in a position you feel lacks potential to help you accomplish your career goals? Too often, people wait to make a change until timing is perfect. And, more often than not, perfect timing proves to be elusive. Therefore, if you know a job or position change is necessary to help you achieve your goals, now is the time to take action.
Calculated risks often reap big rewards. Fear of the unknown only holds you back, and, if you do not act, you never know what could have been. If you shy away from taking risks, you may only end up with regret. Getting outside your comfort zone is essential to building the future you want.
Invest in Your Network
Build a solid network to connect with people who could have a positive impact on the future of your career. Take the time to strengthen your LinkedIn profile and build relationships with people within—and outside—your current industry. Building a strong network gives you something to rely on when you do not have a natural in for a position you want. In fact, your network may open up possibilities you had not even considered.