It is almost the end of 2015 and I am wondering how you are feeling? Satisfied, energised, engaged and looking forward to 2016 or slightly disappointed, tired and despondent that you are no further forward now than you were at the start of 2015?
I am also wondering how much you feel you have control over your career. Are you in the driving seat or are you often a victim of circumstance and bad luck?
I know this is a bit of cliché but how you feel about your career often drives the sort of career you end up having, a bit of that old saying “if you think you can, you can, and if you think you can’t, you can’t”.
To enter 2016 on a high there is ONE key thing you could do differently and it won’t cost you anything at all. So, what is it?
Change your attitude!!
We all know that our attitude drives our behaviour, so having a positive outlook about your career will impact the way you drive it. But how can you change your attitude when sometimes it all feels too much? Here are five key ways to help you:
- Get involved - we all feel better when we are part of something, when we feel that we are contributing and making a difference. Notice your attitude change by volunteering for a new project, an assignment or even join a working party
- Help others - it has been proven in Neuroscience that human beings feel better and more motivated when they help others. Look around you - who could you support? Perhaps you could mentor someone, coach a co-worker or team member or offer to help in some other way?
- Network – find a network with like-minded but positive people. When you meet with people you get on with who are interested in the same things as you, it is energising. Check out what networks are available in your own organisation, join in and meet people from other departments. You never know, as an added bonus you might meet someone who might be able to help you with your career
- Make a stand - why are you feeling like you do? Is it something about your role or work that is dissatisfying you? If it is, find out how you can change your situation, if it is not in your power to change, make a case to fix it. As soon as you take control, you will feel much more motivated. Perhaps you need some development or coaching - don’t be shy, ask for help if you need it
- Take time out to review your situation - either on your own or with your line manager or a trusted friend, take time out to establish what is working well for you and what you need to change. If you are not sure how to do that, check out our recent webinar – How to take control of your career - which has lots of good ideas and tools to use.
Make 2016 your year. Set out to seek opportunities, learn and develop and deliver more, and reap the rewards. This time next year, you too could be feeling satisfied, energised and engaged.
Want more practical ideas for planning 2016? Listen again to our webinar.
Stephanie Morgan FLPI, Director of Learning Solutions, Bray Leino Learning
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