Research shows that less than half of Americans set New Year’s resolutions? Have you set your resolutions for 2017? How about your Salesforce career resolutions?
Here’s a sobering follow up, though: Research also shows that less than 10% of Americans who make resolutions actually accomplish what they set out to accomplish! So, if you’re looking to make strides in your career for 2017, you should bring your ‘A’ game to get things done.
How to Accomplish your 2017 Salesforce Career Resolutions
Make 2017 the year you stay on track toward your resolutions and reach your goals >>
- Set clearly attainable goals. When it comes to the ‘big picture,’ think big and set a plan to get there. But when it comes to 2017 and what you can accomplish in one year, you should be more realistic. Focus on what you can truly accomplish in one year with some planning and work – this shouldn’t be easy, but it shouldn’t be impossible either! Setting impossible goals can make you feel like you’re not making any progress, and can ultimately result in giving up. But you’re not here to give up – you’re here to reach your Salesforce career resolutions and make 2017 your most successful year to date. Realistic, attainable goals will help you get there.
- Get specific wherever you can. “Work for a better company” is an admirable goal (and one that the Tech2 team can help you reach!), but when you clearly define your goals it is much more likely you will actually work toward and achieve them. What don’t you like about your current company? Is there a specific city or state that works best for you? How much would you like to earn? What kinds of benefits does this employer offer? These are just a few of the questions you should consider to get specific with your career resolutions. If you’re having a hard time setting your criteria, think about what prompted you to focus on that goal in the first place. What are you happy (or unhappy) about? Why do you feel that way? Start with what you know so you can think more clearly about what you want. Taking that step can go from “Work for a better company” to “Work for a startup in the software space that offers work-from-home flexibility and three weeks of vacation.”
- Hold yourself accountable. You must hold yourself accountable to stay on task toward your Salesforce career resolutions. Bringing in family and friends to help can really up the odds of your success as well. Sometimes a quick email to see if you did what you said you would, or a call at lunch to check and see if you finished that certification is all you need to keep you on task. And you don’t need just one “accountability partner” to take on the responsibility of keeping you on task. Ask one or two (or more) people to assume ownership of one ‘task’ or ‘component’ of your resolutions. And beyond those accountability partners, be sure to broadcast your goals wherever you can (unless they will compromise your current job!). You’re less likely to fail or drop your resolutions if you know people are counting on you to reach them. So let your friends and family know what you want to accomplish this year. Talk about it with them, share on social media. Let people know what you’re going to do and how you’re going to do it!
- Take your big goal and create smaller ones. Big goals are great and can keep you motivated, but smaller goals keep you moving forward. Small successes can keep you motivated and also demonstrate measurable progress toward your bigger goals! So rather than “Work for a better company” as your 2017 goal, try breaking it down into a few smaller goals like, “Define criteria for target employers by February 1,” “Call Tech2 by February 10 to see what opportunities are out there,” “Update resume by February 20.” These are just the beginning!
- Don’t get discouraged. Sometimes things come up that will take you off your plan and throw your timing off for a bit. Don’t let minor distractions take you completely off course, though – life happens! Schedules can be changed and updated. Goals can be tweaked. If you know and appreciate that things will come up from time to time, you’ll stay flexible and will continue moving forward toward your Salesforce career resolutions, no matter what happens.
Need help setting your Salesforce career resolutions? The Tech2 team is comprised of Salesforce experts who know and understand the Salesforce community. We are happy to help you figure out your goals — and how to reach them. Call me directly at 919-569-5529 or contact us through our website to learn more.