It’s January 2023 and all the holiday anticipation and excitement is now behind us. We are getting back into a routine. It’s time to reflect upon 2022. Personally, I review my google calendar to examine events, meetings, and accomplishments that contributed to my monthly, quarterly, and annual goals. This exercise provides a feeling of achievement and establishes the foundation for setting my career goals for the new year.
I think about where I want my career to go in 2023, and I jot down my thoughts. Next, I set SMART performance goals.
S - specific
A - attainable
R - realistic
T - timely
I practice a growth mindset and believe:
“You can achieve anything you want in life if you have the courage to dream it, the intelligence to make a realistic plan, and the will to see that plan through to the end.” – Sidney A. Friedman
Sometimes my clients get stuck in a fixed mindset, thinking that they cannot achieve their career goals. Henry Ford said it best:
“Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.”
Tips I give my clients for overcoming a fixed mindset:
1. Change your self-talk.
What you tell yourself when you are challenged by a situation matters, it determines how you react to the situation. For example, instead of thinking, “I am not good at this, or I can’t do that” --- replace that thought with “I can do better, or I can do that!”
2. Establish learning goals and work your way up to performance goals.
Dedicate yourself to learning or doing something new everyday. For example, instead of setting a goal to get a new job, learn how to network and expand your contacts. Concentrating on the process identifies the efforts that grow over time. Your effort, practice, and persistence are the keys to success. Track and reward your progress with something you value, like spending time with family and friends.
3. Understand that failures are learning opportunities.
Analyze what worked and what didn’t work. Create a plan to improve on the short-comings, research different strategies, get help from subject matter experts, you will improve with every experience.
4. Set Stretch Goals for Continuous Improvement.
Stretch goals are activities that are neither too easy nor too hard, they are just outside your current comfort and ability level. By setting stretch goals you are establishing a path of continuous improvement by enhancing your current abilities.
5. Be consistent and adaptable.
Learning new habits takes time and practice. Moving from a fixed mindset to a growth mindset takes consistent effort. We are all human and in adopting a new habit, it is common to relapse from time to time. If this should happen to you, ask yourself what made you choose a fixed mindset over the growth mindset. By identifying what made you choose the fixed mindset you can develop coping strategies to help you choose a growth mindset in the future.
6. Seek out others who practice a growth mindset.
It is important to find like minded individuals to engage with. Having support from others and building relationships helps you to be accountable in learning and practicing your growth mindset.
If you are feeling stuck in 2023 with your career goals and want assistance in moving forward, contact firstname.lastname@example.org for a 20-minute free discovery call to determine how I can help you get unstuck.