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Most Canadians say they have no resolutions for 2021 (but you should make this one)

2020 has been a strange one, hasn’t it? Most of our plans fell by the wayside as we all tried to navigate the new reality of living and working during an ongoing global pandemic. So, what about next year – do you have big goals for 2021? Have you made any New Year’s resolutions?

This is the time of year when many of us commit to making some changes, improving our situation as the calendar changes. Well, traditionally, anyway. Not so much this year.

According to a new survey, over half of Canadians say they have not set goals at all for 2021. Perhaps that’s because we had to modify our behaviours so radically already this year. With physical distancing from friends and coworkers, working from home and finding new ways to stay active, the list goes on. We’ve already had to re-invent our routines and traditions repeatedly over the past months.

It can be hard to plan right now. We don’t yet know when things will return to their pre-pandemic normal – or what that new post-COVID normal will like.

Still, there is one resolution I would recommend, even amid the uncertainty.

Give your career a year-end review. Over the holiday break, take an introspective moment to evaluate your work and progress. Are you moving closer to your goals? Do you enjoy the work that you do? Are you earning enough for the lifestyle you want and to save for the future?

Is your work working for you?

Think about what you would like to accomplish over the next few years. What would be the best-case scenario for you and your career? Then plan out some steps that can take you closer to that goal. In everyone’s work, there will be good days and bad, achievements and obstacles, but the setbacks won’t seem so bad as long as you know you are progressing towards your ultimate ambition.

No matter who your manager might be at work, you are the ultimate boss of your career. Resolve to take charge.

For some more concrete steps you can take to advance in the new year, check out these tips for giving your career a boost in 2021.

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