With the start of another year upon us, now is as good a time as any to commit to making the days, weeks, and months ahead count for something not only personally, but also professionally.
The top three new year’s resolutions for 2017 include lose weight/healthier eating (21.4%), life/self improvements (12.3%), and better financial decisions (8.5%). While these are good and noble objectives, however, they don’t go far enough if you want to thrive rather than just survive. This is particularly true if you’re in the competitive world of business and need to set yourself apart.
Read on for some suggestions on new things to learn as you dare yourself in this new year. Never get satisfied with your current level, it is time to step up higher. Just dare yourself to do something differently and here’s how:
Dare Yourself By Doing Something Good in a Different Way
Knowledge is Power
In the world of business, knowledge is power. And while you can’t possibly do everything, that doesn’t mean that you can’t broaden your skillset. Whether taking an online course or signing up for classes at a nearby post-secondary institution, you can brush up on your skills or add entirely new ones to make yourself a more well-rounded professional. Public speaking, programming, and marketing are just a few of the skills you might consider acquiring if you don’t already have them.
Experience Life Outside of the Office
While hard work is needed to succeed in the business world, don’t allow yourself to be tethered to your office, smartphone, or tablet. It’s been shown over and over that a good work-life balance is critical to overall happiness and satisfaction. Only you can find that proper balance that involves making time for family, friends, work, and downtime for hobbies or special interests. If your company doesn’t already offer flexible working arrangements, ask human resources.
If you really want to do something new and to dare yourself at the same time, how about taking a sabbatical? Whether for a few months or even a year, you can arrange with your employer to take some time off to explore the world through travel, improve your skills through education, or spend time with family. There are plenty of benefits that come with sabbatical programs. For instance:
- Employees return from sabbaticals feeling rejuvenated and eager to get back to work;
- Employees come back inspired with new ideas to help their companies; and
- Employees are more likely to stick with their company — leading to lower turnover rates.
Start Up Company
If you’ve always wanted to start up a company of your own, there’s no better time for new beginnings that the start of a new year. Of course, you don’t want to go into things blindly. Do your research, assess your skills, hire the right people, and do all of the preparatory work needed to launch a successful and viable business.
You can really expand your horizons by becoming a mentor. If you have skills and experience, why not be proactive and find a younger colleague that is ambitious, promising, and hardworking to take under your wing, so to speak. As a mentor, you can help your mentee with his or her career goals and share your words of wisdom and wise counsel. While you’re at it, you can find yourself a mentor who, perhaps, is employed in the sort of job that you aspire to hold someday. So being a mentor and a mentee could bring about benefits for you and those you team up with.
It is a new year, so why not take the plunge and try something new? In the world of business, those who stay static fall behind. So learn new things and dare yourself to success this year.