What to Do Instead of New Year’s Resolutions

Find Your Success Factors for a Brilliant 2018

career success factorsBy now, the newness of 2018 is starting to wear off. Did you make any New Year’s Resolutions? Actually, I hope you didn’t. Here is what I hope you will do instead:

Determine your professional and career success factors for 2018 and focus on one for each month of the year. I recommend this approach instead of New Year’s Resolutions because so often, we make resolutions based on what we “should” do instead of what is truly meaningful.

Based on my years of executive coaching, ongoing research, and extensive reading about the factors that lead to career success and satisfaction, I have compiled a list of success factors. I welcome your comments about your own success factors.

What are Your Success Factors?

Start with trust and integrity. Whether you are a C-suite executive, project leader, or individual contributor, your relationships depend on your ability to influence and collaborate with others. Earn trust by communicating transparently and honoring commitments.

Be a life-long learner. Take an inquisitive approach to expand your perspective, insights, and knowledge on a regular basis.

Act with humility. The most influential leaders can admit their mistakes and embrace opportunities to learn from others, regardless of their station in life, title, or economic success.

Cultivate active listening skills. Too few of us feel truly heard in our daily lives. This means interrupting less often and hearing the other person out, rather than planning what to say next.

Get clarity on your vision and purpose. First, stop comparing what you have to others. Instead, clarify the top two or three things that truly matter in your career and business and map your plan accordingly. Define the mission and align your decisions accordingly.

Develop focus and discipline. Once you are focused on significant goals, eliminate activities that don’t contribute to priority areas. Make decisions based on top priorities versus short-term wins.

Cultivate creativity and innovation. Learn to think laterally (versus in a linear fashion). For example, apply the best practice of calming your mind (learned in your martial arts class) to calming your nerves before your presentation to the board of directors.

Develop resiliency in the face of obstacles. Most successful people have overcome both minor and major obstacles. Learn to bounce back, face rejection, and find alternate routes to success.

Build emotional intelligence. Learn to observe and understand the motivations and concerns of others through the lens of empathy. Moderate your responses appropriately in challenging situations.

Expand your comfort zone. Learn to take considered risks and try experiences that add insight and knowledge. Challenge yourself to become the next best version of you.

Practice decisiveness. Learn to seize new opportunities and cultivate the ability to make business decisions without over-analyzing every detail.

Throughout the year, I will write in more depth on success factors, as each one mentioned here is worthy of further examination. I hope you will follow along and chime in as I provide additional resources and tools.