As we reflect on 2019 and begin to dream about what’s to come in 2020, this is the perfect time to reflect on your career path. Most of us spend countless hours at work, so how can we align our jobs with our long-term goals?

Ask yourself, “When do I seem most motivated by an activity, conversation or a meeting? What accomplishment was I most proud of this year?” We all have those times when something clicks to generate new ideas. How do we incorporate more of these empowering moments into our day-to-day? The key is to know what drives you. Look for ways to serve that higher purpose. As you get ready for 2020, take some time to reflect on these questions:

1. What do you find motivating?

Throughout the day, when do you find yourself most encouraged or motivated? Maybe you feel most inspired after collaborating with a coworker- you value communication. Perhaps you are most inspired after a training or seminar – you value learning. As you discover your values, be more intentional to seek out and invest in these activities.

2. Do your goals align with your company?

Analyze your personal goals and find a company or role that supports those same aspirations. Does work feed your greater purpose or calling? Companies and leaders who have employees tied to their strengths and passions often thrive. Don’t dilute your mission’s focus with something that directly interferes with your purpose.

3. What can you bring to the table?

Every employee can lead from the seat they’re in. Whether you have a new idea or feedback on a process, you have thoughts to contribute to make your job better. Bring an outward-looking focus of passion, innovation, and positivity. Progress isn’t just up to an organization, a boss or a team; be the type of person who adds value to the culture and leaves things better than you found it.

4. What do you want to accomplish?

Develop personal performance metrics that matter to you. Create deadlines based on your priorities, keep an open mind to changes, and create an action plan to best manage your time. Ask a mentor or a leader for feedback and make sure you’re making strides toward those goals.

5. Where can you try new things?

The role you hold at a company can and will change. Don’t fear this change; instead, seek out situations that place you out of your comfort zone to learn, grow and define how you’ll use your core strengths to adapt to new situations and find solutions. No matter what your role is or will be, always strive for excellence with where you are today.

6. How can your skills help others?

Whether you’re a tenured employee or you’ve in your first year, mentoring others leverages your personal experience and can help you see things from new perspectives to widen your knowledge and help those around you.

Spending some time focusing on these questions will give you clarity for the New Year! If you would like to discuss this topic further or have other questions related to your employment needs, please reach out to us at Palmer Group. We are happy to provide assistance in any way we can.

By: Megan Culver

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