As we get close to the end of the year, what are your career goals for 2012? Hopefully you are setting some that will motivate you and help you grow your career in the new year.
If you had goals for 2011, you ought to start by reviewing those goals and noting your progress. Did you accomplish them all? If you did, then were they too easy, or did you make a strong effort to accomplish them.
If you didn’t accomplish them, why not? Were they too ambitious or too hard? Did you run out of time, change focus, or just get too busy? It’s entirely possible that any or all of those occurred, since they might not have been good goals for you.
In either case, re-assess what you want to accomplish for 2012. you can aim for more or less than in 2011. You can lay back in 2011 if you need the time off, or charge forward harder, but make a serious effort to re-examine your professional life and take charge of your career.