Welcome to 2020. New year, new decade, new YOU.
I don't have resolutions as much as I have needs. And my biggest need in 2020 is to not be a victim.
Of course, I'm not really a victim in the clinical sense. I have 1st world problems, I'm not currently impacted by health issues, depression, crime, etc. But, when I think about the things that are causing me stress, I can almost always track it back to my own accountability in getting in front of issues and trying to resolve them.
That's just me being vulnerable. But when I look around, I see everyone else with the same problem. It's not just me.
That's why I hope that 2020 is the year of you and me playing offense, not defense.
What's playing offense in your career look like? A couple of thoughts:
--Not letting negative situations linger without trying to proactively resolve them, not matter how sensitive.
--Being proactive with counsel to the people who need to hear from you.
--Taking one action step today on a project rather than waiting for yourself to develop the perfect plan.
--Developing systematic approaches for recurring issues - basically developing products/services that you can repeatedly use because you took the time to deal with something the right way.
--Proactively communicating your take/stance/point of view in a formal way so you're on record with what you believe/recommend and why.
--Doing things today rather than waiting until tomorrow.
--Confronting people who need to be confronted in a professional way - but keeping the message clear.
Playing offense in your career is all about not being a victim. The world of work is a tough place, and what's generally limiting an individual's success (once the talent is obviously there) is their ability to act, communicate, position and build relationships proactively rather than waiting for feedback from others or the perfect time.
Act today, win tomorrow. Stop planning - or plan less - and do more.
If you like this blog and the voice it's written in, pick up my book as a tool for a fast start in 2020. You'll laugh, you'll cry and it will make you want to kick some a**.
My hope for me - and you - is that we play more offense in 2020.
Good luck, my friends!