Learn, Love, Listen and Launch-Explore the Four L's of Professional Change

Learn, Love, Listen and Launch- Get ahead of New Year’s Resolutions by exploring the Four L’s of professional change.

It’s that time of year again, where we start to think, re-think and have different expectations of ourselves just because it’s the end of the year. According to Forbes magazine only 8% of the population adhere to their New Years’ Resolution.  Here are four easy ways to reframe those yearend thoughts about work from resolution to action.

Learn: Am I learning new skills or concepts at work? Name them and describe or quantify how they moved you and your organization forward.   If you are not learning, what is preventing that?  Taking a certification course, reading a book, listening to podcasts, or even going back to school keeps you relevant. And what does relevant mean? You are more valued at your organization.  Since you will be learning new skills and applying them at work, your organization should benefit from the value you provide. Therefore, YOU are more relevant if you decide to make a move within your organization or out of it.   A commitment to ongoing learning is an investment in you.   Inc. magazine author Michael Simmons, co-founder of Empact, with Ian Chew and Shizuka Ebata say that successful CEO’s like Warren Buffet, Oprah Winfrey, Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk commit to “at least an hour a day (or five hours a week) over their entire career for activities that could be classified as deliberate practice or learning.”

Like to Love: Do you like your position at work? If yes, what would it take to say, “I really love my position at work?”  Do you need to improve your relationship with your boss? Are you travelling too much?  Or are you looking for growth within the company and just can’t seem to get that movement up or across the organization? What can you do to really love your job?

Listen: If you are learning and loving your job- good for you! So how can you leverage yourself to get more out of work now, in 2018 and beyond?  Try sitting down at the end of the year or at the beginning of the year and ask your bosses and peers three questions. “What can I do more of, less of and what should I stop doing?”  And really listen to what they have to say in order to improve your game and move up or across the organization.  If you are not learning or loving your work are you listening to that inner voice that is saying “You need to make a change?”

Launch:  What is holding you back from doing something now to improve your career or move your job forward?  Think about all of the things you can do now to keep learning, loving and listening.  You don’t need to wait until the end of the year to make a change because the odds are against you that these resolutions will not play in your favor.  Feel the energy you receive by committing to that one thing to improve or change this week.  You can get more out of your work and more out of life by doing that one thing right now. What will that be for you? 

denise durgin