In today’s digital economy, future-proofing involves securing the most important factor: you. No matter how well versed you are in automation, machine learning or big data, your wellbeing always comes first. This entails having a happy disposition and bringing your best self to work and in everything you do.
Here are five things to ask yourself when setting your 2018 goals:
1. What motivates you?
The Japanese have a word for it: ikigai. Ikigai is your reason for being. It involves:
Your passion – what you love
Your mission – what the world needs from you
Your vocation – what you are good at doing
Your profession – what you are doing for work
Find out what your ikigai is to gain a fresh perspective and get a renewed motivation for work.
2. What are your goals?
A new year calls for resolutions. But before setting yours, ask yourself what your goals are. Write down:
Why they are important
The steps you must take to make them happen
Having a clear picture of your goals will help you stay focused on what you want to achieve. When things don’t go as planned, go back to your list and remember why you’re doing things in the first place.
3. What are the things that matter?
At Accenture, we encourage our people to maintain work-life balance. Fortunately, our flexible work schedule gives us time for things that matter—our family, friends and personal development. Know what really matters to you, and remember to make time for them.
4. What are the things you want to excel in?
Considering your goals, what skills do you need to achieve them? Analyze the need and do something about it. You can take trainings, sign up for classes or leverage your network to learn. Feed your curiosity. Continuous learning is a must when you want to grow not just in your career but also as a person.
5. In what way do you want to grow?
As we welcome 2018, take time to reflect on things you want to change and how you want to grow. It may be technical, mental, physical or even spiritual. Regardless of what you want, preparing for the future means evolving to the New and being your best self no matter where your career takes you.