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Everyone has heard of New Year's resolutions. You know those promises that we make to ourselves about things that we'll do better in the year ahead. Sometimes these resolutions work, while other times we end up with gym memberships we never use!

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In order to have a productive discussion about career growth with your manager, it is important for you to prepare and think through some key items ahead of time. You want to be in full control of your career path and the best way to do that is to approach your manager with confidence and conviction around your career growth goals.

To prepare for the discussion, start by answering some basic questions about yourself and your career:

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Today’s Work It Daily Challenge is to create actionable goals. Setting goals for yourself has always been a part of your life. Whether you’re creating a to-do list for the day or writing out your New Year’s resolutions, you’re constantly giving yourself items to check off. Goal-setting is an essential piece of getting what you want. Without goals, you have no map, motivation, or plan. But are you setting yourself up for success by creating the right kind of goals? Formatting your goals effectively is just as important as having them. There are two kinds of goals I typically set for myself: Ultimate goals and Actionable goals. An ultimate goal is something big that you’d like to achieve in the future. An actionable goal is like a step towards your ultimate goal. For example, let’s say one of your goals is to write a book. Great goal! This is something you’d identify this as an “Ultimate Goal.” Instead of just saying, “Write a book” on your to-do list, create actionable goals for yourself like, “Brainstorm at 3-5 plot ideas” or “Write for one hour each day.” Writing a book is the ultimate goal here, but it requires a series of “mini” goals you have to achieve first, like brainstorming plot ideas. Here’s another example. Let’s say you want to learn more about fine wines. Instead of saying “Learn more about fine wine,” perhaps you would say something like, “Watch online course on wine making,” or “Attend wine tasting this week.” So, today, challenge yourself to create actionable goals. Think about those BIG goals you want to achieve, then determine what little steps will help you get there. What are your actionable goals for this week? Tell us!

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