How To Make 2019 The Best Year Ever For Your Career

2019 is going to be a year of change. We can’t deny that Brexit will have an impact politically, economically and socially. What is unclear is the positive or negative affect of that change. You may feel excited or anxious about how this change may impact you personally. While you can’t exert any control over the outcome of Brexit (unless you’re Theresa May or Donald Tusk), you can control what happens to your career this year. You can decide to make this the best year ever for your career!

Taking control and becoming a career activist will be the best decision you can make for your career. Maybe you’re plateauing in your career at the moment, or you’re keen to move to a more senior role but feeling a bit unsure about how to, or you just want to stop holding yourself back from fulfilling your potential. Follow these tips to achieve the best year ever for your career in 2019:

Get Clear

The cornerstone of career success is being clear about what you want and who you want to be.

Maybe your career has a defined pathway, so for example, you know you want to move Head of Communications to Communications Director. This makes it easy to check in with yourself that this is the right direction of travel for you.If the answer is yes then you can focus on that route. But if the answer is no, it’s important to understand why not. Maybe you’re more of an ops person than a strategist, so you then might be looking for a new role that expands your remit to give you more challenge rather than moving upwards. For example, adding employee engagement to your communications role.

If your career path isn’t so obvious, then you need to spend time identifying what your next role looks like. What elements does it need:

  • stretch
  • freedom
  • intellectual demand
  • people
  • status
  • topic/subject matter

A career vision board can be really useful for this as it can tap into your subconscious, plus it’s great fun to do! Read my blog on How to Create a Career Vision Board  for ideas.

If you’re still struggling identifying your direction then some external help, such as a career coach, can be a good investment.

Get Focused

Now you’re clear about what you’re aiming for, you need to draw up your battle plan! Having a strategy to get to where you want to be is essential for career success. Set yourself some goals to achieve your next steps. These can include:

  • Increase your expertise – are there gaps in your knowledge, skills or experience? Look at the roles you are interested in and do a gap analysis. Once you know what’s missing you can plan how to address them. This could be a mixture of spotting opportunities at work to do something new, e.g. lead a project, mentor a more junior staff member or present to the senior team. And self learning – increasing your knowledge through reading, online training, videos, etc.
  • Get some feedback – your current boss could be really helpful in getting your positioning right. Ask for feedback on what they think you need to be ready for the next role. Then ask for opportunities to build on this.
  • Increase your visibility – do a mini audit on your current profile like within your company or profession? Ask yourself whether you relish self-promotion or shy away from it because you don’t want to seem arrogant or pushy? Becoming more visible is an important part of making this year great. People need to know about your skills and abilities. Stuck for ideas – consider these:
    • writing and publishing articles on LinkedIn or in groups
    • taking part in your professional body’s network
    • making contact with the ‘right’ people in your company/industry
    • attending networking events to build your network (hate networking read this)
    • looking for opportunities to speak or present
    • talking about yourself and your achievements
    • having an opinion/voicing your ideas at work
  • Make a plan – take all your ideas and turn them into a plan for the year so you know how you going to make this the best year ever for your career.

Get Productive

Having a plan is one thing, actually delivering it is another! To be successful this year, you need to use your time well to avoid overwhelm. There are some great techniques out there, e.g. the Pomodoro technique, apps to monitor your screen time. Work out what works for you and make some changes to our routine to get the most out of your day.

Book a regular review with yourself to check in on progress. And find someone to keep you accountable, as this is a key part of staying productive.

Get the Right Attitude

When you’re stretching yourself and heading out of your comfort zone, the old confidence gremlins can kick in. You might find your saying more ‘I can’t’ rather’ than ‘I can’ Attitude and mindset are everything, and the good news is that you are, very much, in control of them. Working on your self belief is hard work but very necessary. If you need some help with this then you may be interested in my Career Confidence course which is packed with tools and techniques.

If you know you’re holding yourself back or have a self limiting belief that is getting in your way, you may find some specific coaching support can make all the difference to putting yourself n the right headspace for change.

Get Resilient

Resilience is that ability to bounce back from challenges and difficulties. Just in case your move to your next role is not plain sailing, make sure you reflect and learn from knock backs and difficult situations.

Go For It!

Take charge and make 2019 the best year ever for your career.

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How to fall back in love with your job

Remember when you first started your current job – how excited you were? How much love you felt for it. How you loved going to work. Has the novelty worn off? Is the honeymoon over? Has the reality of what you do every day kicked in? If you’re now in the twilight zone of your job relationship and feel a sense of dread on Sunday evening then something’s got to change.

It’s tempting to dust off your CV, give your job the old ‘heave ho’ and make a move to something new and more exciting. But before you do, consider if you can fall back in love with your job. Just like a relationship, you don’t have to go straight to divorce, with a bit of work you can salvage what’s good.

Here’s how to fall back in love with your job:

Take time to reflect

Make space to get a bit of distance from the day to day and have a good think about your job. This could be a holiday, a weekend away or even just take a day off. You need to get some perspective. Ask yourself three questions:

 – What do you enjoy about it?

 – What are the good bits?

 – Can you do it in a different way that will reconnect you with it?

Ask for what you want

Most managers want to keep their staff as it’s expensive and time consuming to recruit. Don’t sit in silence. Talk to your manager about the fact that you’re not enjoying things as much. Ask for some changes to make it work for you (which will ultimately help them too!).

They may not be able to agree to everything but if they can allow you to implement some key things it will help you feel appreciated and valued. Work out what would help – is it working on some different projects, learning a new skill or working from home one day a week? Getting what you want will contribute to how you feel about your job.

Change your view and mindset

It’s easy when you’re not enjoying what you do to get stuck in a negative frame of mind. This means you tend to focus on all the things you don’t like, and lose perspective on the reality. Make a conscious effort to focus on the areas that are good about your job. You will have to retrain your brain, and it will be tempting to fall back into your old views.

Focusing on the good is a much more enjoyable way to spend your time rather than moaning about things. Try to avoid other people who enjoy saying how awful the company or your job is and seek to reinforce your positive mindset. Choose a word to focus on that can help you stay positive.

Use your strengths

Research shows that we are happier and more confident when we can use our core strengths at work on a regular basis. Do a simple audit of how you use your strengths at work and look for ways you can do that more. Want to discover or remind yourself of your core strengths? You can take the free VIA Strengths Survey.

Plan to learn and grow

Take control of your own learning and development by being proactive about what you want. Check in with yourself about skills or qualifications that could either broaden your current role or help you become more specialist in your role. Look at a variety of ways you can access this from either formal or informal learning, and make a plan to avoid drifting. It’s your responsibility to fulfill your potential.

Fix the things that annoy you

What is getting on your nerves? Is it within your control to fix it? If it is then make some changes. It could be minor such as there is never milk in the fridge for tea or coffee. Organise a rota to buy it. It could be more significant such as your supervision sessions with your boss are always cancelled. Put it in writing that you would like to have them on a  regular basis. Whatever it is, try and resolve it, and if it’s out of your control, accept that you can’t fix it and move past it.

Do your utmost to make it work, to try and fall back in love with your job. But if it’s not possible, don’t stay in a job you don’t love – make a change, and if you need help with that please get in touch. Be happy always - How to fall back in love with your job

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Am I too old to change career?

When we’re young we want to be older and when we’re old we want to be younger! There never seems to be a perfect age, especially when it comes to your career. There’s a common misconception that by a certain age you should have it sorted and be settled in your career. But what if you’re in a career that doesn’t fulfil or stretch you, or that makes you unhappy? It doesn’t matter what age you are, career change will be on your radar. So if at 30, 40 or 50 you’re worried that you may be too old to change career, think again.

Our age should not define us, and certainly has no bearing on your ability  to actually change career, or anything else in your life for that matter. Try these tips to break free from any age-limiting beliefs:

Who says ‘you’re too old’ to change career?

Is this belief yours or someone else’s? Are you letting yourself be influenced by other people’s prejudices or expectations? If your best friend told you that he or she was going to change their career, what would you say to them? It’s unlikely you’d say ‘what! you’re too old’.

Give yourself permission to follow what you feel is right for you regardless of your age. Some people are able to work out their career path at a young age, but for many it is a process of exploration and experimentation. And if this takes 10 or more years so be it.

How many years?

When do you want to retire? I’m guessing it’s age 65-70? Now minus your current age from your desired retirement age, and you’ll get the rest of your working life. This could be another 20 or 30 years. If your goal is to have a fulfilling and happy career then why, when you have that amount of time left to work, wouldn’t you change careers?

This can also help you to see that the investment and time in any retraining or studying will be short compared to the time in your new job. Don’t ask yourself ‘am I too old to change career at 30 or 40 or 50?’, instead ask yourself ‘How would I feel if I spend another 10 or 20 years doing a job I don’t love?’

Look for role models

Knowing other people, who may be the same age or older, have changed career successfully can be inspiring and reassuring. Find someone in your network who has done this and talk to them about their experience. If you don’t know anyone, check out LinkedIn and look at people’s career stories.

Many of my clients have changed career mid life or in later life. My oldest client was 60 when she changed career. Society is obsessed with youth. Youth is seen as being vigorous and full of potential, and so it can be hard to see career changers who are older and who are still fulfilling their potential.

There are celebrity role models who can help. Vera Wang didn’t start designing clothes until age 40. Harrison Ford was a cabinet maker for 15 years before  becoming an actor, almost by chance. Julia Child wrote her first cookbook at 50. Martha Stewart was a model and stockbroker before branching into gourmet cooking in  her thirties and then developing her lifestyle brand. Spanx founder Sara Blakely sold office supplies door to door before quitting at 30 to run her business full time. Justine Roberts, founder of Mumsnet was a sports journalist for several years before creating Mumsnet.

Challenge your beliefs

Do some hard thinking about your own beliefs about age, and be prepared to challenge your thinking. We collect beliefs through our life from many different sources, and they can form part of our identity so it may feel particularly challenging to let a belief go. Do some free writing to unearth your belief and then consider the truth of what you have discovered. Ask yourself  ‘What am I saying ‘no’ to by sticking with this belief?’ and ‘What am I saying ‘yes’ to if I change my belief?’

It won’t necessarily be easy to change how you feel about age and career change but working at it will give you the freedom and motivation to find a career that enables you to fulfill your potential at any stage in your life.

I firmly believe that age should not hold us back from finding and doing work that we love. As one of my clients said to me today ‘it’s never too late to start living the life you want to live’.

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5 Ways to Beat Blue Monday

According to experts, the 21st January is Blue Monday – the day of the year we feel the most depressed. It’s been calculated based on how in debt we are, how long since Christmas, how far from our next pay day plus the weather conditions, and it is raining today after all! However, some might say by naming it as the most depressing day of the year we are creating a self-fulfilling prophecy, and we end up actually creating the dread and feeling of being low that the third Monday of January brings.

My mission today is to beat Blue Monday so here are 5 ideas to help you make your day at work a good day rather than a depressing day:

  • Go and talk to someone at work – don’t send an email, get up and go and talk to someone instead. Human interaction makes us feel positive and can spark ideas, show empathy and simply connect. Plus if it’s a colleague you don’t know very well then even better as it gives you a chance to widen your network.
  • Do a Good deed – research shows that doing something positive for someone else can make you feel really good. This could be doing something nice for a colleague, simply making them a cup of tea or, if you want to up the feel-good ante do something for someone you don’t know. Maybe buy a sandwich for someone who is living on the streets, smile at someone on the tube or invite a new neighbour for coffee.
  • Take a lunch break – Today of all days you need to get out at lunchtime and have a walk. Being outside, even if it is raining, and being out in nature significantly increases our wellbeing.
  • Book your summer holiday – or at least start planning for it. Having something to look forward to will definitely help you get through the day.
  • Make a plan – if you feel like it’s Blue Monday at work every day, then take control and make a plan to find a new job or change career. Don’t let it wear you down – do something today!

Make sure you find something to make you feel positive today and help others to feel positive too. Just because today has a blue label doesn’t mean you have to conform!



Retraining For A Career Change. Is It Necessary?

Career change is complex and can throw up lots of questions, both practical and emotional. One of the most common is will I need retraining for a career change?

And of course, the answer is going to be complex too!

What is retraining for a career change?

This can vary hugely. It could be:

  • undertaking a degree or postgraduate qualification
  • taking short courses to update your technical or business skills
  • developing sector knowledge or skills for the role

How will I know what I need to do?

As you research your new career path, you’ll gather information to help you decide whether you need to retrain. It will be very straightforward for some careers, as you will need a qualification in order to practice, for example, becoming a midwife or a teacher. With others, it may feel less clear. For example, if you want to be a nutritionist you need a degree, but to become a nutritional therapist or coach you can do a shorter diploma.

And for other roles, there may be no specific requirement to complete any training before you change career. But you may feel you want to take a course to make you more marketable, boost your CV and demonstrate your commitment to your new career. Plus it can make you feel more confident in applying for jobs.

Where can I find out what retraining I need?

This is where your research comes in handy again. Job descriptions and person specifications will tell you what training and qualifications are essential and what is desirable. Plus, industry bodies and associations will provide guidance on what training and qualifications are needed.

Some employers will be more flexible than others about what is needed for the role. Talk to people in the industry.  You can often find them on LinkedIn, so be brave and contact them to chat about their career and what is needed. This will help you work out a retraining plan to make your career change successful.

How can I fund retraining?

The financial cost of retraining can be off-putting, but you don’t necessarily have to fund it yourself. There are various options to consider:

  • Career development loans
  • Adult learning and Higher Education grants
  • Self-funding – doing some financial planning to see if you can save enough to fund your courses, or whether you need to work part-time while you study.
  • Employer funding – explore whether your existing employer would fund specific courses or whether your potential new employer would be open to funding some training when you join. Always have a business plan to justify the expense and show where the return on investment will come in.
  • Returnships – some employers offer returnships to experienced professionals who have been on a career break which can include retraining as well as support with career change and confidence.
  • Apprenticeships – some careers may offer adult apprenticeships for people over 18. There is no upper age limit, and these can give you access an advanced level apprenticeship or higher apprenticeship.

Do your research and work out what you actually need to train in to have your dream career, and whether you have to do it before you change career. Make a retraining plan, work out how you can fund it and take the first step to your new career.

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Top 4 questions you need to ask before changing careers

It’s a new year – are you feeling that push to make a career change?  Maybe you actually hate your job, or have been feeling stuck for a while. The start of a new year can be a catalyst, and if you’ve been thinking about a career change for a while then now is a good time to take action. The temptation may be to leap into something new, but before you do that ask yourself some important questions. Here are the top 4 questions you need to ask before changing careers.

1. What is driving me to change career?

The first question you need to ask when changing careers is what is driving you to make a career change.  If it’s linked to not being happy  in your job, it’s time to understand what that really means. Drill down into why you’re not happy:

  • is it your actual job? the work you do? the direction your company is heading?
  • is it the culture of the organisation? does it grate with you and your values?
  • is it your boss? are you clashing?
  • is it your colleagues? are they hard to get on with? do you have anything in common?
  • are you bored? do you need more stretch and challenge?
  • is it all of the above?

If it’s only one element that is making you unhappy, then it is worth considering if a change in company or sector is needed rather than a complete change in career. Or whether you could make some changes to your current situation.

Action: Work out what is making you unhappy or unsatisfied before making any big decisions

2. How will I know what will make me happy at work?

You don’t want to leave one career that you’re unhappy in to find yourself in the same position in your new career because you’re not clear about what will give you satisfaction and fulfilment. Do an audit on your current job, but this time look at what you enjoy about it and what has been missing from it. Then make a list of everything you would want in your ideal job. Consider location, salary, hours as well as job satisfaction, culture, people, sector, challenge, etc.

Your wishlist is important as it will allow you to measure any new career options and work out what you might compromise on and what are your deal breakers. Being clear about what you need to make you happy at work means you can make conscious choices about what next.

Action: Create your ideal job list

3. Where do I want to be in 3 years time?

It’s easy to just focus on the most immediate change, especially when your current situation feels untenable and you’re desperate to escape it. But having a vision of where you want your career to take you will give you clarity over whether the  short term move is right. It helps you work out whether staying and making  things work or leaving for a transition role is the best way forward. Being strategic about each step and how it takes you closer to your longer term goal is really powerful, and one of the keys to long term career success.

Action: Create a career vision board

4. Can I afford to change career?

There can be financial implications to changing careers, and this can be very scary, particularly during times of economic uncertainty. Your choice of new career may mean you need to retrain, or take time off to get specific experience. Or you may decide to take a career break while you reposition yourself. Plus the first role you take in your new career can mean, although not always, a pay cut. The financial cost of the change can put you off as it feels too risky.

However, asking yourself what could I do to fund my career change can allow you to identify possibilities. For example, saving money  to give you a 3 month window of opportunity, paring back your living costs to the essentials to realise what the minimum is you need to live on, or considering how you could generate additional income in the short term.

Knowledge is power. Knowing what you need and knowing that you can still support yourself  enables you to manage risk and choose what is right for you.

Action: Take financial control and get to grips with the money side of your change

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How to change career without changing companies

Ok, this is a tricky situation to be in, how do you change career without changing companies? You absolutely love the company you work for – the people are amazing, the culture has a great vibe and it ticks all your boxes in terms of the work it does. The problem is you hate the role you have there and a career change is definitely on the cards. But you don’t want to leave, it’s your dream company.

Maybe you’re a journalist who secretly wants to be a graphic designer,  or a web developer  who wants to be a buyer, whatever your secret passion, all is not lost! Flip things on their head and you can realise you have an advantage in making your career change a reality because you’re already an asset to your dream company. And here’s how to capitalise on that:

Find some champions

Talk to your current boss and/ or HR about what you want to do and ask for help to make it a reality. Companies would rather retain good staff if they can – it’s expensive to recruit, induct and train new people. Make a business case for a move – it’s much easier for management to say yes if there are good business reasons for the change, rather than personal drivers. Your boss will be able to give you a good steer on the possibility and advocate on your behalf to make it happen.

And talk to the person doing the job you want to do and/or their boss. Find out what the skills are you’d need to demonstrate, identify what you need to learn and  where you’d  need to excel. Consider role models in other companies – what do they do exceptionally well? Be inspired.

Work out the Gaps

Assess how much you need to learn or know in order to make the change, and build a plan to fill the gaps including qualifications (check out online courses you can do in your spare time). But don’t forget to recognise all your transferable skills too, and your current experience means you have a lot to offer, especially your company knowledge and relationships.

Be proactive

Volunteer to take on extra projects to get experience in the team you want to move to . This might mean having to work harder or longer in the short term but will be a chance for your new team  to see what you can offer.

Regularly check out the company jobs board and stay open to possibilities – it could be a sideways move into the new team can be the first step to getting the role you want .

Build your Reputation

It may take a while to make your change happen depending on vacancies so in the meantime manage your reputation. Become known for someone who is engaged and enthusiastic, is ‘on it’ and brings a positive impact to teams.

And start networking and identifying the people in the organisation you need to impress. These are the key decision makers who will help you reach your destination. This kind of strategic networking can lead to mentoring opportunities and position you well for the future. Remember jobs can be created for someone that has potential and that the organisation doesn’t want to lose.

Check if you can fast track

Research if your current company offers sabbaticals, as this could be a way to speed up your career change. You could use a 3 or 6 month sabbatical to retrain, upskill, volunteer and get the experience you need for the new career. Then when you return from your break you will be a great position to move teams as soon as an opportunity is there.

Be strategic, remember your current value and steer your career deliberately but with patience as ultimately this will be rewarding to both you and your dream company. It is possible to change your career without changing your company.

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How to stop being a perfectionist at work

Are you a perfectionist?  Do you work long hours, suffer from anxiety and never fully switch off? How exhausted are you from trying to be perfect at work?

Being a perfectionist makes you great at detail and delivering everything to a high quality. But it’s also a curse that means you find it hard to relax. You may find it hard to accept work that isn’t 100% perfect and can often spill over into your home life. Maybe it makes you a nightmare to live with!

Perfectionism can develop for a number of reasons.  Perhaps you were a child of a perfectionist. It can also stem from believing your self worth is determined by your achievements and therefore seek praise and acceptance. It can also be motivated by a fear of failure. If everything is perfect then you can’t fail and you can’t be vulnerable. The problem is you can push yourself too much to keep achieving at this high standard.

Is there an alternative to perfectionism?

But does it have to be that way? If, on a spectrum that spans 100% perfect at one end, to completely winging it at the other, you find yourself clinging to being a perfectionist, it may seem impossible to let that go.  But is there a third way?

Many years ago, I was struggling to balance my demanding career with motherhood, feeling like I wasn’t very good at either. I sought some help and worked with an excellent therapist who introduced me to the concepts of ‘good’ and ‘good enough’. This has stuck with me and has been a helpful guide to navigating some of life’s challenges.

These are important distinctions when thinking about your perfectionism. You can ask yourself ‘is this good enough?’ Good enough is not about delivering mediocre or low quality work. It’s just that not everything is worthy of or requires 100% of your time and energy.

A client I worked with recently was running herself ragged delivering everything at work, and at home, to perfect standards. She found ‘good enough’ revelatory and was able to identify certain, more routine, projects at work where she felt comfortable delivering ‘good enough’ work. This meant the difference in a piece of work taking her 30 mins instead of 2 hours. She also started applying this at home too, where she stopped spending half the weekend getting the family home looking perfect. This freed up time to spend with her family and gave herself some ‘me time’ which she was sorely missing. Once she began to embed this approach, she found it much easier to start enjoying her work again which brought its own rewards. She broke the cycle.

How can you break the cycle?

  • Start small: Identify 2 pieces of work where you can challenge yourself to deliver ‘good enough’
  • Define ‘good enough’ for you: what does it look like?
  • Allow yourself to experiment: focus on learning from the experience and don’t worry about making a mistake

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How to actually achieve your career goal (and why you haven’t managed to before!)

What is your career goal? Do you even have one? How many times have you written your goals down in a beautiful notebook, felt really inspired by them, got on with the day to day and forgotten all about them? Maybe you’ve set yourself some goals in the past (probably in January) but you never seem to reach them despite your best intentions. Does this sound familiar? And it’s hard isn’t it? Life is busy, and you want to enjoy it, plus time just seems to slip by and before you know it you’ve ticked off another year in your job.

Don’t despair, I have a simple technique to share with you that could help you make real progress with your goals this time.

If you want to move forward with your career goals and actually turn them into reality, you need to really connect with them. This will both motivate and inspire you to take action. And the key is inspiration – if you have motivation but no inspiration then you are unlikely to succeed.

Step 1:

Write down your career goal. It could be an immediate goal e.g. I want to take the lead role on the next project team, or I want to present a proposal to the SMT, or it could be more medium term, e.g. I want to achieve promotion to x role within 1 year. Remember all the tips about making it SMART.

Step 2:

This step is REALLY important and often missing from our planning, and the reason we don’t make progress. Ask yourself  what your purpose is and how it is connected to your goal. For example, it could be to stretch yourself and learn something new; earn x amount to fund x in your lifestyle; to influence change, achieve a challenge/milestone for yourself. Really think about WHY you want to achieve this career goal – what is it all for? Write it down next to your goal.

Step 3:

Then connect your values to your WHY. Could it be integrity, authenticity, challenge, making a difference, being true to yourself or something else? If you’re not sure about your key values then get in touch and I’ll send you my FREE values exercise to work out what’s important to you.

This will be your inspiration for making it happen. By linking your goal to your core values it gives it more meaning and is therefore more powerful.

Step 4:

Now connect these all together and visualise how you will feel when you achieve your goal. Take some time out, find a quiet space and imagine what your life would be like when you have achieved this goal. Bring into your imagination your why and your values. For example, if you’re visualising starting a ‘side hustle’ alongside your day job imagine how your life will change when your side hustle is launched, what it will enable you to do, how you will feel doing it and how it will satisfy your values or motivators. Then write down the key elements of your visualisation or draw a picture and keep this to inspire you to move forward with your goal.

Step 5:

Now you’re ready to plan. Break your goal down into key actions needed to make it a reality and create a plan. Keep your plan visible and celebrate when you achieve your milestones.

Step 6:

Change your  mindset. To create a new approach to achieving your goal you need to zap your mindset and identify any blocks that are getting in the way, and what you need to do to get over them. Shake things up a bit and start your day differently when you’re working on your day. I like to start with some yoga and mindfulness when I’m about to work on something new as it gets me in the right headspace but you might want something energising or creative before tackling part of your plan. The key is to identify what would help you feel positive about starting on moving forward with your goal.

Use the opportunity now to work on your career goal now – don’t wait until January, get ahead of the game and start making progress in a new way.

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