The #1 Best Gift For Your Career This Holiday Season!


The #1 Best Gift For Your Career This Holiday Season!
As we run from parties to bonus reviews, have you done the best thing for your career?

It's the holiday season (yay! This girl *me* loves some Pink holiday corporate cocktails!), and you are probably thinking a few things:

1. I should be paid more - will I get a bonus?

More from YourTango: How To Be Sexy (But Appropriate) At Work

2. I can just sort-of ... slide downhill.  Take some calls, avoid some clients, and focus on the holidays parties (and avoiding my family). Now is the time to online shoe shop!

3. I'm too busy to think about my next career move! (But reviews are kind of stressing me out - I need that bonus!)

You are buying gifts for family, friends, and office white elephants...but what gift are you giving to your career?

Have you thought about what it will feel like to wake up on January second yet? When you think about it do you immediately recoil in dread when the thought of "Ugh...I have to go back to work" creeps in?

And then feel tired?

It kinds of destroys the holiday cheer, no?

Well, I have a solution.

Maybe it's time to give yourself the gift of a career strategy for 2013.  "What is that?" You ask with excitement :). Well, step one is to take a night off from the parties, the hustle, and holiday frenzy, and pour a glass of wine and spend some time thinking about your career. 


The first think I want you to think about is what you do out of habit, and what you do out of necessity.  For instance, we often check our blackberries or iphones out of habit, not necessity.  And then we waste time worrying and stressing about stuff that doesn't matter all that much (right then).  Has that ever happened to you? You are out at a dinner, doing something fun, you see someone reach for the iphone so you do and then....

...Stress. Anxiety. Overwhelm, and needless business results.  So, make a list of the things in your career that you are doing out of habit, and make a list that you are doing out of necessity. And then see where you can get some more time, and what you can let go.


Figure out your big career goal for 2013. What is the one big thing that you are going to do for your career.  Get a promotion? Get some training? Change jobs? Get a raise?

Decide on that, that one thing you really want for next year and circle it.

Then create your five musts to get there - so, if getting promoted is your big goal - then your five musts might be:

a) Believing that you deserve it/are ready for it (this is often an important step that many people forget!)

b) Getting your support team together. Who's going to cheerlead and practice with your? (A coach? A friend? Family?)

More from YourTango: The #1 Reason Why Your Job is Making You Fat

c) Get your success "talk list" going. What accomplishments have you taken on that are a big deal? What are you doing that makes a promotion a no-brainer?

d) Get your "next big project plan" rolling. What is that next thing or responsibility you need to take on to make this promotion happen for you?

Share this with someone you love (or even like a lot)!

Let's make it
FB official
Recent Expert Posts
Multi-Ethnic Senior Women In Swimming Pool

Make New Friends, Keep Good Friends

Once you have a clear idea of the kinds of friendships you would enjoy, you can decide to create mor

Cooking Together

6 More Eco-Conscious Ideas For A Better World And A Better You

Here are six tips on how you can have sex more consciously and also be kind to the environment.

Ask The Experts

Have a dating or relationship question?
Visit Ask YourTango and let our experts and community answer.

How to find the right pro for you
10 Reasons Mental Health Pros Should Join YourTango Experts

10 Reasons Mental Health Pros Should Join YourTango Experts

YourTango Experts can help your business go from good to great.

10 Steps To Improve Your Coaching Business

Take your coaching business from mediocre to great in no time…

Frequently Asked Questions About YourTango Experts

Thinking of joining? Here's all the facts you need to know to make the most of your membership.

Getting Your Guy To Join You In A Therapy Or Coaching Session

So how can your get your strong, self-reliant, superman to talk to an Expert with you?

Therapist/Counselors: Who We Are & What We Do

What exactly does a therapist/counselor do and can they really help?

See more resources>