If you’re just like me the last couple of months of 2016 was all about (strategically) planning towards 2017. Every year I start the new year off with a new set of career goals that I would like to achieve for that year. This includes reflecting on the things that I have been able to accomplish and the things that I didn’t get to do.
However, most importantly I also look at ‘why’ I had not been able to achieve some of these career goals, just so that I do not repeat the same cycle again.
Here are the top three stumbling blocks that I have identified and have decided to kick to the curb in 2017. And it might work for you too!
You must be thinking ‘Why perfectionism?’. Well, to be honest, there’s nothing wrong with desiring things to perfect. However, I do think that being a perfectionist comes with a certain level of degrees. And my level of perfectionism is probably to the highest degree. No joke, being a perfectionist is time-consuming. It slows you down and causes you to waste a lot of time on one particular thing. With that being said, that doesn’t I’m going to be sloppy in my work. Nevertheless, there should be a conscious decision on creating that balance. And that’s something that I have personally decided to work on.
I am quite a good planner (at least I think so) but for some reason, I do end up overscheduling. Well, maybe not for some reason, because if I’m overscheduled the only person I can blame is myself. So where do I go wrong?… 3 letters and one little word…‘Yes’. No one forces me to say yes and I’m genuinely excited to always take on new projects, but then again, how do you create the balance? No one wants to end up saying ‘no’ to a life changing opportunity. Here are a few things that I believe can be considered:
No one forces me to say yes and I’m genuinely excited to always take on new projects, but then again, how do you create the balance? No one wants to end up saying ‘no’ to a life changing opportunity. Here are a few things that I believe can be considered:
- Am I automatically saying yes without thinking about it?
- Am I saying yes just because I feel bad or guilty?
- Is my ‘yes’ leading me closer to my career goals?
- Is my ‘yes’ stopping me from spending quality time with family and friends?
Most importantly, saying ‘yes’ means I need to follow through on my word and fulfill every commitment I said ‘yes’ to. This then comes down to planning and being selective about your ‘yes’.
#1 Toxic Relationships
Although this is a difficult one, I can’t deny the importance of it. In my opinion, toxic relationships are the number one thing when it comes people, businesses and plans remaining stagnant. If you feel like you’re not moving forward in life or in your career, stop and take a look at your surroundings and ask yourself “Who am I associating myself with?”.
The people you associate yourself with have a huge influence on your success in life. Of course, you can’t physically control/choose every relationship. For example, you can’t choose your family or the people you work with (unless it’s your own business). Nevertheless, I do think that it’s important to be picky about who you share your dreams, ideas and plans with.