Why You Don’t Need a New Year to Make a Change

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Success requires a change of mind and not a new year’s resolution that someone sets for himself or herself.

If you’re looking to make a change in your life, why does it feel so difficult to stay focused?

New Year’s resolutions may come about once a year, but how you make and follow through on them says something about your goal-setting process.

Why are you choosing your New Year’s resolutions? How many times have you made them, and which of your resolutions have you actually achieved? It all comes back to the way you set goals.

Goals, not resolutions, are the key to long-term growth and success. And the secret to setting compelling goals is knowing why it is you want what you want finding purpose and meaning in your goals.

Here are 5 ideas for monthly goals that improve your life

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1 Do something different

You don’t need to get promoted or change jobs in order to improve your career, but there should be something different about the way you work on an ongoing basis what you’re working on or how you work. If not, then you’re at risk of stagnating or falling behind.

2  Exercise your gut instinct

When you think about career moves, how do you decide? Too often, we listen to others over ourselves. We rely on a pros and cons analysis over a feeling or notion.

I’m not suggesting that you don’t get outside counsel or analyze the facts. However, if you already do that, you may benefit from exercising your gut instinct more.

3 Follow your interests

Like dismissing your gut instinct, too often we dismiss our interests and preferences in favor of what we think we should do or what is more prestigious, pays more or fulfills some other external mark of achievement. Over time, you risk losing your own internal compass.

4 Manage your energy

Doing more of what you enjoy is one way to infuse more energy into your day-to-day. Paying attention to when you have more energy and then reassigning tasks based on your energy level is another way to manage your energy.

6  Learn something new

Even if you pick something unrelated to your current job, exercising your brain in a new way, strengthening your discipline and experiencing a beginner mindset again are all actions that support your career.

There are lots of classes available online, many for free. If you’re a live learner, you can look into community college classes, workshops at the local library or Meetup groups.

7  Meet new people

Just like a career can atrophy, so can your network. You connect with the same people, again and again, you belong to the same groups, you attend the same conferences.

If your network is too insular, your thinking becomes too insular, and you might miss important trends that start in other industries and regions

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