Planning for the New Year

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Credit: Photos.com What are your resolutions for 2014, personally and professionally?

Credit: Photos.com What are your resolutions for 2014, personally and professionally?

New Year's is fast approaching, and many of us are thinking of how we can make 2014 better than 2013. We make personal resolutions. We'll eat better, exercise more, be a better friend. But what about our professional goals for the new year?

Maybe today is a good time to think about what you would change about yourself professionally. Here are three tips for doing that.

1. Recognize a problem. While that might seem simple, sometimes we are discontented with a job or place in our life and don’t understand the root of that problem. I have known people who thought they had professional problems, when in fact their home life was the real root of their dissatisfaction (and vice versa). If you can’t seem to find the root of the problem yourself or by talking to friends, seek professional advice. Getting new “tools” to help you better manage your life is a good thing.

2. Set goals. You should set goals in writing with deadlines and enlist the help of at least one other person to help you accomplish those changes and reach your goals.

3. Reward yourself. If you accomplish a goal, reward yourself! That can be as simple as going out for ice cream or as extravagant as giving yourself a holiday.

It’s not easy setting and attaining personal resolutions or business goals, but with effort, you can succeed!