How to Have a More Successful Career in 2014

Dec 20 2013, 1:22am CST | by

It’s a new year and a brand new opportunity to achieve the goals you have intended to over the years. In order to make your goals a reality, it’s time to gain a renewed momentum and motivation in your work life.

Why change your habits in 2014?  For starters, success brings more money, more career opportunities, more respect around the office and a more enjoyable job.

Below, editor Shala Marks and I will further analyze these variables and allow you to begin a renewed career trajectory for this and coming years.

Defining New Limits

The days of playing it safe are over. If you desire to truly be successful in 2014, you are going to have to define new limits for yourself. Comfort is the direct enemy of growth. If an individual never steps outside of his or her comfort zone, the person will never grow and develop—whether personally or professionally.

Examine your current limitations, and then begin to expand them.

For example, if your comfort zone is completing four major tasks per day, try pushing this amount to five. If your boss desires someone to take the lead on a new project, volunteer.

Take that extra professional development class, complete that certification, agree to that strict deadline, become a peer mentor. Whatever poses a challenge and pushes you to step outside your usual work boundaries, do it. Challenging yourself on the job not only helps strengthen your skills, but helps to release your full potential.

Becoming More Competent

If you want to upgrade your job this year, one key success factor is increasing your competence level(s). And just how does one do this? Psychology Today suggests thinking “happy thoughts.” According to the magazine, “Positive mood states promote more effective thinking and problem solving.” To become more competent, believe you are competent.

Focus on your skills and talents, knowing that your employer hired you because you are capable of fulfilling the role. Examine your work history and achievements to remind yourself of past accomplishments.

Increasing competence starts with self-confidence. Think positive thoughts about your abilities, envisioning the glass half full. That is, your strengths outweigh any weaknesses, which are simply opportunities for growth.

Understanding the Importance of Your Time

During office hours, find out where your time goes. Make it a point to cut back unproductive demands on your schedule. Author Peter Drucker describes a three-step process for determining how to gain the most of out of your day and ensure maximum productivity.

Recording Time – Before you can effectively manage your time, you must know where it goes.  Begin to log what you do on a daily basis. Keep records. There may be a significant discrepancy between where you believe your hours are going and where they are actually being allotted.

Managing Time – Successful people ensure that they spend minimal time on tasks that do not contribute to the overall goals of the organization. Despite heavy demands for their attention, they possess the ability to prioritize based upon the perceived results from accomplishing an activity.

Consolidating Time – Begin to allot a certain number of hours for each important task required of you. It is pointless to give seven hours to the task by spending fifteen minutes twice a day for three weeks. When something needs to get done, lock the door, turn off your cell phone and engage in the project for at least three hours without interruption./>/>

In the End

Regardless of how big or small, sometimes all it takes to change your career is a small taste of victory. Once you get the less significant career wins, allow momentum to ensure success, renew your strength for the new year and become determined all over again. Here’s to a happy, healthy and successful 2014!

This article was written with the help of Shala Marks, writer and editor.

Source: Forbes Business


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