Time to Reflect

reflectionJanuary is a great time for reflection on the year that has passed. However, it can also be a time to look back with regret about the things you haven’t been able to accomplish or achieve and can it can become a difficult time of year for many of us.

However, January should be a time to embrace where you are right now. Remember how you got here. Was it through hard work, talent, good or bad luck, playing it safe or perhaps from taking risks? Chances are, it was a bit of everything and it’s important to recognise that everything you did had a consequence – it got you to where you are right now.

It’s important to take responsibility for your actions and to learn from your mistakes.

What did you learn about yourself last year? How can you use it to improve your focus for the year ahead?

January is notorious for being the month when people make a concerted effort to improve things, do things differently or even change direction.

You may be looking to improve your current job, get a promotion or even get a brand new job or career.

Improving your job may be about a range of things from changing your attitude to work, approaching things differently as well as taking on additional responsibilities to make your job more enjoyable.

Remember, “If you love your job, you’ll never work another day in your life”

If you’re looking for a promotion, embrace it as a new challenge and use everything you’ve learnt about your job and yourself over the last 12 months to help you seek more responsibility and new opportunities.

Finally, you might want a new job or even a complete career change.  Perhaps the one thing you’ve learnt about yourself over the past 12 months was that you didn’t actually want to do the same job any more.

Changing your career can feel like a huge hurdle and most people will think about it, perhaps even talk about it but will find it more challenging actually making it happen.

Change takes time and dedication.

Time? Because in order to achieve it you need to map out a path towards your goal and start to break down the steps you need to take to get you there.

Dedication? Because if you really want to take that journey and change your career you have to dedicate your efforts towards what you want to achieve.

Making peace with the past can help you embrace the future.

Wishing all my readers and followers a very happy and prosperous 2017