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Don't Fall Back in Your Career this Fall

This weekend, we celebrated the first day of fall.  The change of seasons is the perfect time to reflect and begin thinking about goals that lie ahead. As we enjoy football, pumpkin spice, cooler weather and falling leaves, don't fall back on your career. Here are 3 ways to advance at work this autumn:

Crunch fallen leaves and crush your goals: 


Research suggests 92 percent of people fail to achieve their goals. To break this cycle, it’s essential to set yourself up for success. The key is to back up your dreams with a specific and measurable plan to get there. Creating SMART goals is a great way to commit to your ideas and ensure you see them through. They are based on five qualities:

Specific (clearly define what you are going to do)

Measurable (identify exactly what it means to achieve the goal)

Relevant (make sure it matters to you, and aligns with your role)

Attainable (stretch yourself so you feel challenged, but make sure it’s realistically possible)

Time bound (focus on a deadline to work towards)

To achieve what you set out to accomplish, create a tangible timeline and hold yourself accountable. If your goals are backed up by a structured, concrete plan, then you’re bound to start sticking to them.

New season, new relationships:


Get to know your boss on a personal and professional level. He or she can be your advocate and help you grow. Ask thoughtful questions, offer to take on extra projects and show interest… remember, a smile can go a long way, too!

In addition, network with coworkers. The more people you get to know at your company, the more they see your strengths and value to the organization. Passion is contagious; celebrate their wins and show you care.

Gain an hour of sleep and gain momentum:


When was the last time you came to work early? Daylight savings ends November 4th, which means we "fall back" an hour. Use the extra time to take on new challenges that will propel your success. Instead of taking your foot off the gas, push the pedal a little harder, put in the extra effort and embrace the hustle.

Running on autopilot won’t get you anywhere. The best employees are constantly thinking of new ideas and determining how events or life lessons can transfer to their careers. Don’t just fall back this weekend, get ahead.

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