Before explaining your detailed plans for next year, you may want to spend some time thinking about the true direction of your career. Even if you are truly happy and excited about what you spend your days doing, read through these questions as they could make a significant impact in your future plans.
- Why are you here? One quote from former eBay CEO, Devin Wenig, summarizes this perfectly: "You have to start and finish every day focused on how you're creating greater engagement in a world where people have endless choices and distractions."
- What are you passionate about? Your co-workers and colleagues can tell if you're unhappy at work. Poor attitudes not only harm team culture, they can hinder creativity and enthusiasm as well. Follow your passion and thrive in what you decide to do.
- How can you add more value? Tony Robbins claims "the secret to success is to do more for others than anyone else does."
- Do you have the right team? Surround yourself with people who also care about people and own the long-term vision as much as you do.
- What will you stop doing? Creating a "not do" list is often as important as a "to do" list. Avoid spending time and energy on time-wasting activities and watch your productivity increase.
- Is it worth it? Do you truly believe in what you're doing? Will it all be worth it in the end? If you feel it's worth it over the long haul, then you're doing the right thing.
For more detail and references, read the full article on Forbes.com.