It is the beginning of a new year and this is the best time to reflect on 2017 and evaluate what you’ve experienced; what failures you’ve had and what successes you’ve created. It’s time to become self-aware and accept what happened to you in 2017.
I recently read an article written by Nader Molwaee titled “How to get ahead in your career in 2018” in the article he talks about the his career and how he helps others get ahead there 2 habits that he talks about which I think Hardhat Professionals should adopt in 2018 to get ahead.
2 HABITS TO ADOPT IN 2018 TO GET AHEAD IN YOUR CAREER AS A HARDHAT PROFESSIONAL
1. BE A SPECIALIST
Identify what you’re great at and focus on becoming a specialist in that subject. If it’s a specific skill, aim to become 10X better at it by this time next year. Practice, practice, practice, 10,000 times so that you will know how to get ahead in your career. Companies, employers, investors, all have 1 big thing in common: they want specialists, not generalists.
Bruce Lee said, “I don’t fear the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks. I fear the man who practiced one kick 10,000 times.”
Unfortunately, there are people out there sharing lousy advice with young professionals, encouraging them to diversify and learn as much as they can about as many subjects as possible. Our education system often thrives on that too, mostly in the early stages. This is, of course, my own opinion, and I do not agree with this approach because I’ve proven it wrong in my personal life and career, and have thought and coached others in this manner since 2012 and my mentees have shown this to work too. So, rather than going wide on several subjects, let’s go deep and learn as much as we can about that one topic, which will lead to us becoming a specialist in that field. Let’s practice that 1 technique 10,000 times, rather than trying to learn and get better at 10,000 different methods, themes or topics.
2. BE SELF - AWARE
It’s time to understand and accept that you are where you are in your career, because of the decisions you’ve made previously. You get out of life what you put in. This is a linear formula. You must first change your input to expect different output.
One of the things you need to do to be successful in 2018 is to turn reflection into a daily habit. To evaluate what happened yesterday and use that information to make today a better day. I recommend that you develop a daily ritual and turn it into a habit of reflection. This will create profound and impactful changes in your life by:
- Helping you learn from your mistakes
- Giving you job ideas and career insights
- Allowing you to help others with their challenges
- Making you more satisfied with what you have
- Enabling you to see a different perspective
Here are 3 tips to get you started:
1. Start Recording Daily Events in a Notebook
Pick the same time of the day to write in your notebook or journal. I don’t like the word journal, so I refer to mine as my Planner. It makes me feel better about it. In the morning, I write my life and career goals in it and break down my daily activities and tasks. In the afternoon, I write down my daily successes and failures. Tomorrow morning, I will review yesterday’s notes to see what I did well and how can I do better, and what I failed to do and how can I overcome it. If you’re starting for the first time, don’t worry about having a neat and clean Daily Planner; things will get messy quickly. Just focus on making it a daily habit.
2. Stop Listening to Music While Exercising
I first heard John Cena (Actor & WWE Wrestler) talk about his habit of not listening to music while working out, and how this one practice has helped him in his career and life; allowing him the time required to reflect on his success and failures, and how he can improve himself. So, I started doing the same. First, you will miss listening to music, but as soon as you begin to think deeply about you, your day, your month, your years, and commit to becoming a better version of yourself; you’ll never go back to music while in the gym.
3.Start a Daily Blog
Blogging or writing articles, and sharing it publicly, is an excellent way to transform your life and hold yourself accountable for improving your career and influence. Pick a specific topic that you want to talk about and make a daily habit of sharing your thoughts, ideas, and industry insights within your social media network, such as LinkedIn. This is an excellent tactic for you to become more effective with your LinkedIn connections. Pick a topic that you are already good at and want to further specialize in. Writing an article does require a fair amount of market research, which naturally helps you dive deep into that topic, learn more about it, develop your own opinion, and use it to differentiate yourself from your colleagues or competitors.
To make 2018 a great year you must prepare by having a plan. Our ability to grow as professional is directly related to the understanding of the context of how to get ahead in your career and beliefs about our existence. Self-reflection is a powerful strategy that can help you understand why you are where you are today and how you can become a happier version of yourself.