Another year has passed. I hope it was a year in which you were able to grow and acquire new skills. Moreover, I hope you were able to celebrate many successes and learn from setbacks and challenges. All in all, 2016 was another great year!
2017 is already in full swing and I trust everyone is excited and passionate at the prospect of another successful year! I am not big on New Year’s resolutions as I believe we all should be striving for excellence each and every day of our professional lives, not once a year. Goal setting and planning evolves and adapts and requires constant and ongoing attention. I am however, very big on taking advantage of opportunities. If you are able to over-deliver in everything related to your professional career, and most importantly make yourself available to others, opportunities will present themselves.
Opportunity is defined as
- an appropriate or favorable time or occasion.
- a situation or condition favorable for attainment of a goal.
- a good position, chance, or prospect, as for advancement or success.
I challenge you all to take advantage of all opportunities that present themselves. Please be aware that most of the time you are asked to do something, the opportunity is usually not seen at first. However, if you accept new tasks, responsibilities and all the “other” things such as getting involved in charities, participate in networking groups, help plan a community event, help with a school or government organization, etc., opportunities will pop up … so be sure to recognize them for what they are. Don’t view them as additional work.
Remember that you have to put yourself out there and most importantly, be willing and available to help others. 2017 will be full of opportunities… will you put yourself in a position to take advantage of them all. I certainly hope so! Have a fantastic, fun and memorable year!