Back-to-School Season as Career Motivation

As a teacher-by-day, job-search-strategist-by-night, I have always felt like September is the start of the year. Sort of a New Year’s II. It is a time for new beginnings, new goals and new challenges. So let’s use that momentum to jump start career goals as well. Let’s take some new risks.

For many of us January 1st feels more like Groundhog Day. I am going to go the gym 3 times a week, stop drinking soda, cut out ice cream and get in shape. Then, I am going to get serious about growing my career. I will start utilizing LinkedIn and grow my network, create an amazing portfolio, become an innovator at work and apply for that promotion.

Once and for all.

For real this time.

I mean it.

Well, at least until Spring, and it gets warm outside.

But less than half of us make it six months with our deja vu resolutions, meaning we’ll probably be making them again, next year.

Is there a way off the merry-go-round? Sure, but it will cost you.

Want to really lose weight? Want to finally change your career? Want to start out on your own?

“If you want something you’ve never had, you must be willing to do something you’ve never done.” ~ Thomas Jefferson

So let’s make New Year’s II better than regular old, merry-go-round New Year’s. Whether it is getting off the diet/workout merry-go-round, becoming an innovator in our job or daring to dream of a better career goal, let’s take risks, be bold, do something we have never done before and reap the results, whatever may come.

Instead of making a New Year’s II resolution, decide on a New Year’s II risk. What big, scary step could you take this year that could lead to something great, but could leave you flat on your face?  Chances are, that is the change you really need to make.

A great way to do this is to involve some friends and put both pride and money on the line.

Instead of joining a gym, . Get some friends together and each put some money in the pot. Winner takes all by next September.

Instead of daydreaming of that promotion, get an accountability partner and sign up for a class to learn a new skill. Make yourself indispensable at your company. (And of course you’ll want to update your resume to include your new skill).

After all, Einstein said it best, insanity is “doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”

It is time to change. It is time to take a chance and risk something amazing. What better time than now.