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Make Your New Year’s
Dr. Greg Ketchum, 01/01/05
The New Year is here and it’s time to make
your new year’s resolutions. Honestly, how many
have you made and failed to keep? Lost weight?
Got in shape? I once made a resolution at a
New Year’s Eve party to be the first astronaut
on the moon to play tennis, without a space
suit. Needless to say it didn’t happen.
Well today we’re talking about making New Year’s
Resolutions for your career. You know, those
career questions you keep thinking about and
before you know it 5 years has passed and you
haven’t done a thing, like should I change jobs,
should I go back to school, should I tell my
boss to… You get the picture.
First, here are some examples of critical mistakes
and key success factors concerning your Career
New Year’s Resolutions.
3 Critical Mistakes
- Set unrealistic goals.
- Forget your resolutions as soon as you make
- Don’t make a firm commitment to your goals.
3 Key Success Factors
- Set reasonable, achievable goals.
- Convert a wish or a desire into a specific
goal with action steps & deadlines.
- Set up your resolutions with a partner and
hold each other accountable.
Here are some action steps to help you successfully
set and meet your Career New Year’s Resolutions.
- Set Two Career Goals
Set a minimum of two career goals for
the first quarter 2005. Define action steps
and target dates & then meet with your
partner each quarter to review goals and set
new ones for the next quarter.
- Set a Networking Goal
Set a goal of adding two people a month
to your professional network and of offering
to help a minimum of 2 folks a month.
- Set a Goal of Acquiring Two New Skills
Learn 2 of the fundamental skills required
to advance your career such as sales, negotiation,
writing, finance, public speaking, or time
If All Else Fails And You’ve
Following these simple action steps can help
you move your career forward and achieve your
Career New Year’s Resolutions for 2005.
If you’ve got work or career topics you’d like to see
us address, just send me an email at email@example.com.
®2004 All rights reserved. Gregory
A. Ketchum, Ph.D.