Take Just One Step Forward On Your Career Goals

By Rex Huppke
Chicago Tribune

WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) If you feel like you haven’t accomplished what you’ve set out to do for 2016, there is still time! As author Rex Huppke remarks, “The problem with giving up and waiting for the fresh start of a new year is that it’s only October. We’ve got a solid two months left in 2016 and, like it or not, that’s enough time to get something done.”

Chicago Tribune

It’s the time of year when we start saying things like, “Wow, I can’t believe it’s almost the end of the year” and, “Wow, I’ve accomplished literally none of the career goals I set out to achieve” and, “Wow, I’m despondent and filled with shame.”
Good times.

What’s unfortunate, aside from our abject failure, is that many of us tend to spend about 10 minutes feeling guilty about not fulfilling our New Year’s career resolutions before saying: “Well, I’ll start with new New Year’s resolutions in January.” (We then go get a doughnut, because we have also failed our “stop eating doughnuts” resolution.)

The problem with giving up and waiting for the fresh start of a new year is that it’s only October. We’ve got a solid two months left in 2016 and, like it or not, that’s enough time to get something done.

So, I have a proposal for anyone out there who had hoped this would be the year they fought for a raise, moved into a new position at the company, started a business, found a new job entirely or did something, anything, to make their work lives better.

It’s simple: Take one step. You don’t have to move mountains. You don’t have to invest countless hours. You just need to do one thing that moves you in the direction you want to go.

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