Does Your Career Have Momentum?

The new year is a good time to take stock on where you are in your career and what you ultimately want to achieve. 

I have noticed that when it comes to career goals, we often get held up in trying to think through every single detail of how to get from Point A (where we are) to Point B (where we ultimately want to be).

We also get lost in the leaderspeak of setting “SMART” goals (yuck!) and over-analyze how exactly we’re going to achieve those goals. STOP!

My opinion is, in order achieve your career goals you need two things:

  1. A general idea of what success looks like for you.
  2. Your NEXT step towards that success.

Forget the rest. Consistently take action on the next step and you will amaze yourself.

This could be as simple as organizing your desk or making a phone call. Or it could be more elaborate like interviewing for a new job or meeting with your boss to ask for more responsibility.

Your next step is usually quite obvious, so take action now and worry about the rest later.

That doesn’t mean make instant and drastic changes to your life. In fact, do the opposite: consider what would be the easiest change to incorporate in your regular routine. Doing this every week builds MOMENTUM.

Momentum is what separates the dreamers from the doers, and it’s created by focusing on just the next step, and taking action.
Start with a quick win. Make one phone call TODAY that will somehow help you with your career goals. Not a text or an email. A phone call. Let me know how it goes.

Tim Hammerich

Tim is a strategic communications consultant, founder of AgGrad, and the host of the "Future of Agriculture" podcast. Originally from California, he is now based out of Boise, Idaho.