Two months ago, I adopted a dog. Her name is Gigi and she is a 6-year-old pug. I have not had a dog since I was a child, so to get caught up on dog ownership, I registered Gigi for obedience training and did my research on urban dog walking. I purchased the appropriate equipment - leash, harness, and waste bag-and Gigi and I set out for our first walk together. Related: 5 Ways To Network In 30 Minutes Or Less! Things went quite well and, as we continued our daily walking routine, I discovered that Gigi is very friendly and loves to meet other dogs. She wags her tail and spends plenty of time interacting with the other dogs. Of course, I recognized many of these dogs because I have seen them walk past my house with their humans. There is the guy with the Great Dane, the petite woman with the small brown dog, and the man with the Basset Hound - to name a few. As we encountered these duos on our walks, I started to realize that it wasn't just Gigi who was building new relationships, I was, too. While our dogs were interacting, we humans began to have conversations as well. The first conversation would always begin with questions about our new common interest - our dogs. What is your dog’s name? How old is your dog? What breed is your dog? Then, eventually it became less about the dogs and more about us. Names, houses, hobbies, professions, and so on. The guy with the Great Dane is now Justin and Kyra. The petite woman with the small brown dog is now Kristen and Scooter, and the man with the Basset Hound is now Eric and Hole Shot. Now, every time Gigi and I encounter these new friends on our walks, our relationships get stronger, more in-depth, and alliances are beginning to form. I have gained an entirely new network of people through something as simple as adopting a dog. Think about your interests and hobbies. How have you encountered others while participating? And, how have you - or can you - start building relationships because of the things you have in common with them? My dog opened me up to an entirely new community. A community that is rewarding me with strong new relationships and alliances. What kind of community will open up for you? Feel free to share your experiences about finding new communities. Thanks for reading my post. I encourage you to take a look at my CareerHMO page. This post was originally published on an earlier date.
Everyone has heard of New Year's resolutions. You know, those promises we make to ourselves about things we'll do better in the year ahead. Sometimes these resolutions work, while other times we end up with gym memberships we never use! But have you ever heard of a career resolution? It's actually the same thing as a New Year's resolution, only career-focused.
However, with something as important as a career, you don't want to break these resolutions. That's why it's important to keep these goals manageable.
Here are four simple career resolutions that are easy to stick to and achieve.
Be Self-Aware Of Where You Stand In Your CareerBigstock
Being honest and self-aware of where you are in your career is the most important step in making strong career resolutions. If your career is going nowhere and you're unhappy, then it may be time to consider a career change, which will take you down a different path entirely.
But if you're happy and in good standing with your career, it's a lot easier to set goals for the year and build out a long-term career plan.
Find A Way To Grow Your CareerBigstock
Career growth is a very broad spectrum that means something different to everyone. It could be something as simple as improving on a weakness or building on a strength. It could also be learning a new skill or taking on additional responsibilities at work.
On a larger level, it could be seeking a promotion or moving into a leadership role.
Whatever the goal is, make sure it includes growing professionally. The worst thing you can do is stay the same! If you're not growing your career, you're dying—and becoming a lot less valuable to your employer. There are always ways to upskill!
Better Serve Your Professional Network
With current colleagues, former colleagues, and other professional acquaintances, you've probably built a solid professional network through the years. A strong professional network can come in handy if you lose your job or are looking to make a career change. However, you shouldn't just rely on your network when you're in need!
It's important to find ways to offer value to your network. This could include checking in with members of your network from time to time. Exchange messages on LinkedIn to see how they're doing or share relevant content of interest. If you can help someone in your network going through a career challenge, you should!
Maintaining a strong professional network is like an investment. If you want it to pay off, you have to put some time into it and be consistent.
Take Care Of Yourself
Working on your career is hard work! It's okay to be selfish sometimes. Whether you're working to grow your career or looking for a new job, it's important to find balance.
Your family and health always come first, so make sure your career goals don't interfere with that. If you want to set aside time during the week to work on your career that's fine, but don't miss important family events or milestones.
Don't let your career goals get in the way of your health goals. Go to the gym, take a walk, or go for a jog. Balance is key to maintaining healthy career and life goals. Sometimes you just need to adjust that balance as you go.
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