New job your 2018 goal? Try this

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What do you want to make happen in 2018? We’re betting finding a new job is high on your list.

That’s typically true for a lot of people. In fact, a new British survey shows a whopping 55 percent of the workforce in the UK hopes for a new gig in 2018.

The good news is there are always opportunities for those who persist.  And we’re kicking off 2018 with a jobless rate in Canada that’s the lowest it’s been since 1976. That’s enough to put some fire into your search.

But if you need a little more motivation …

The Bagg Group round-up of new and solid strategies to meet your goal. 

Find a one-word theme:  What word? Think of a word you want to live. Maybe it’s action, or optimism, or faith or focus  or balance or health or courage or gratitude or ask or solutions. The word has to feel right for you.  And then ask yourself when you’re worried, or unsure, or defeated … am I living my word?

Does this work? We can vouch for it.  At The Bagg Group, we live by three words:  Trusted, Engaged, Agile. We ask ourselves, “Are we thinking and acting in a way that is true to these words?”  The authors of the bestseller, One Word That Will Change Your Life insist a one-word focus gives you a laser-like focus that drives you. We absolutely agree.

Be less discouraging with yourself:  Every time we don’t achieve something, we beat ourselves up which only serves to discourage and disempower ourselves. The research is definitive that negative self-talk does nothing but hold us back. Instead, focus on what you’re doing right.

 Tim Urban who writes the Wait but Why blog  shows how this works.  You could say, “I procrastinate on every hard task I do” which sets you up for more failure. Or you could say,  “Once a week, I do a hard task without procrastinating.”  This way, you send the message to yourself, “I did it once, I can do it again.”  What you say to yourself changes how you act, and how others respond to you (and that goes for interviewers too).

Make your bed every morning:  Admiral William H. McRaven, author of the bestseller Make Your Bed: Little Things that can Change Your Life and Maybe the World explains this one best:  “If you make your bed every morning, you will have accomplished the first task of the day. It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task, and another, and another. By the end of the day, that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed. Making your bed will also reinforce the fact that little things in life matter.  And a made bed gives you encouragement that tomorrow will be better.”

The 5-second rule:  Find yourself not doing what you said you would –not getting up on time, not getting started on that cover letter, not making that call?  Don’t debate with yourself, or analyze your inactivity. Instead, take a cue from NASA and count down, outloud, to launch yourself. 5-4-3-2-1-Go. When you come toGo, you just move on it, without stopping to think. Credit for this simple but effective strategy goes to motivational speaker Mel Robbins.

Advise others:  When stuck or not staying on track, help someone else in a similar position figure out what they can do.  When you help someone else, you activate your problem-solving and leadership skills. And that is known to power your confidence and action.

Surround yourself by those who uplift you:  Emotions are contagious so be aware of the impact of the people around you. Negative people drain us. Happy people spread happiness.  That’s why at The Bagg Group, we’re dedicated to matching the right people to the right full-time, contract and temporary opportunities.  Because we know when you’re happy at your work, your team, your family, your community is happier for it.

Give yourself a 30-day challenge: Give something that you’ve always wanted to do a shot  –for the next 30 days. This exercise will prove to you that you can reach goals –and it will show you that goal-setting is actually fun! In his popular TedTalk, Matt Cutts promises that the 30-day challenges will change how you think about your day-to-day, and make life much more interesting. Your challenge doesn’t have to be major –but as proven by Cutts and in The Follow-Through Factor, when you follow-through on one thing, you’ll always follow-through on another.

You can find opportunities listed by Bagg Professional, Bagg Technology Resources, Bagg@Your Service, Bagg Managed Resources and Turn Key Staffing Solutions on our job board — a great way to help you meet your goal of finding engaging work in 2018.

Gene Hayden, author of The Follow-Through Factor: Getting from Doubt to Done (Random House), is a career coach and writer-in-residence for The Bagg Group.

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