Ever wanted to try something new but didn't quite have the confidence or commitment to make it happen? Here are five practical tips to help set the wheels in motion.
- Explore a new city or country: “Travel” doesn’t necessarily demand that you spend a lot of time or money. No matter where you live, take a look at neighbourhoods you have never visited or plan a day trip with a friend. If you are waiting to take that long-imagined trip to south-east Asia or visit the Pyramids or another destination on your bucket list, start planning now. The research itself can be a new and rewarding experience, before you even pack your suitcase.
- Learn a new skill (and don’t worry about not doing it well): You may be afraid of failing, but don’t let that stop you. It could be learning to play an instrument or taking up a sport. With practise and persistence, you can gain a new skill, or at least, increase your appreciation for that skill. It may lead to a big change in your life as you meet new people and in the case of sport, become fitter and more energised.
- Set yourself some goals: The most important benefit of setting goals isn’t achieving them, but what you do and the person you become in order to achieve them. Goal setting is powerful because it provides focus. It shapes our dreams. It makes us concentrate on the actions we need to perform to achieve the results we desire in life. Goals are great because they make us stretch and grow in ways that we never have before. In order to reach our goals, we must become better.
- Reach out to people with whom you haven’t been in touch recently: While your close friends and family are important, research suggests that people who are more acquaintance-level connections are the ones who can benefit you most in terms of developing new contacts, improving career prospects, and generally meeting new people. Set a target to get in touch with one person you haven’t talked to in a while per week, and you’ll find your personal and professional networks growing faster than ever before.
- Attend a Voice At The Table event. We organise a range of training, coaching, presentations and webinars to motivate and inspire. Our mission is to help you have a long, sustainable and successful career, reach personal goals and take on new challenges and to encourage employers to take full advantage of diversity and inclusion for the benefit of the company.
To get you started why not join our evening panel event, celebrating Ada Lovelace day with the BBC? Tickets for Women in Tech: Breaking Barriers start at £25.51.
You could also join our next free webinar, presented by Voice At The Table’s Katie Driver, on 11th October? In recognition of World Mental Health Day, in this webinar, we ask how we can improve mental health at work. Register for How Can We Think Well And Build Mental Wellbeing At Work?
Or join our guests from City CV on 30th October at a webinar dedicated to helping you create a strong, compelling and authentic CV, which will get you noticed for the right reasons.
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