No doubt you know the expression “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” This aphorism is often valid. Whether you plan in order to manifest your ideal future or to build a framework to keep your career on track, here are some tips for successfully taking on 2020.
Plan Ahead, but Remain Flexible
Accept that plans can change because of a variety of factors. For example, your initial plan may be focused on a specific objective, but you later find a new development opportunity that you wish to explore. in another scenario you may have highly ambitious goals for the year but need to downgrade them because of family or personal matters. In order to be successful, it’s critical to roll with the punches and adapt your plans no matter what challenges were thrown your way.
Think Strategically, Act Tactically
Developing ambitious plans without establishing the steps needed to attain your goals can hinder your efforts. After all, you can work hard and make great strides, only to realize that you were headed in the wrong direction. Decide on a goal, then break it into actionable items and milestones that will keep you on target. For example, you would not build a structure based on an image alone. Nor would you get up every day and drive a nail into a board without purpose. You would use a blueprint, schedule and other plans as guides throughout the process to ensure a successful project completion.
Invest in Your Development
Consider what is holding you back from reaching your goals. Would a degree, certification or new skill help you advance your career? Determine what resources you need to accomplish your objectives, as well as how much time and money you are able to devote towards your education. Take advantage of any career development offerings, such as tuition reimbursement or mentorship programs, that your company offers. While degrees and certifications go a long way, they often require larger investments. Remember that there are often free and low cost options that can help you take your career to the next level as well. For example, options such as online courses, webinars and TED talks by thought leaders in your field can be an economical means to an end.