It is only the 2nd week of January and I have managed to secure more opportunities in these two weeks than I have all last year! I have a fashion show coming up, two pop-up shops, three speaking engagements, new collection, new clients, a new stream of income within my business, a business trip to LA, and a very special opportunity that I’ll wait to reveal! In my previous blog post, I shared that 2019 would be The Year of Acceleration and look at me now. Quarter one is jammed packed and I couldn’t be more grateful!
How you start will set the pace. Your technique will win the race.
How you start your year will set the pace, but your technique and the strategies you implement will help you to win the race. Here are 5 things you need to refresh in the new year so you can start off strong:
1. Profile Pictures and Bio Information
Personal branding is more critical to your success now than ever before. It does not matter what industry you are in, your employment status, or your educational background; your next opportunity is solely based on you. You should constantly be “selling” yourself and to do this right, every social profile you’ve ever created should be up-to-date with the most relevant information. This includes, but is not limited to Facebook, Instagram, Linked-In, Alumni Profiles, Company Databases, Blogs, Job Boards, Networking Apps, Email Signatures, etc.
Now is the time to update your profile photos with a new high-quality headshot, as well as your bio information. When people visit your social profile they should have a sense of who you are and what you do within the 1st three seconds. Check out this article for more tips on writing a killer bio across multiple platforms.
**Boss-Tip: Consider giving yourself a title. What do you want to be known for? Declare it in your bio so that the opportunities of best fit can come your way.
In addition to updating your profile and bio, you also should update your entire linked-in account. I’m sure most people are interested in growing financially. Your 9-5 is not the only way to have an income. You can make money by acquiring new clients for your side hustle, speaking engagements, collaborations, etc. Linked-In is a great place to build a professional network that will position you to have multiple streams of income. Before you can dive into this your foundation has to be in good shape.
Think of your profile as a brag sheet and annotate all of your accomplishments for last year while it is still fresh in your mind. You can go ahead and update your resume while you’re at it! This is a good habit to get into for 2 main reasons:
- Most people work so hard that they never take the time to acknowledge what they have been able to accomplish. We can get caught up in what hasn’t happened in our lives that you miss the moments you need to celebrate. Start the year off in a positive mood by patting yourself on the back for the wins of the previous year.
- You will be ahead of the game for your next company performance review. It can be stressful trying to put together something at the last minute to persuade your boss why you deserve that promotion or raise. If you take a couple hours to update your linked-in, not only will you be ready for that review, but now your entire professional network will know how great you are as well. Your next job opportunity would be within reach!
3. Old Habits
Out with the old, in with the new. Every new year presents the opportunity to reach a new level. Do yourself a favor by developing new habits that will help you reach that level faster. Read more books, exercise, allow more time for self-care, attend more networking events, wake-up earlier, figure out what works for you and do something new! Change is good.
You can’t have change and comfort simultaneously.
-Sprinkle of Jesus
**Boss Tip: It takes 21 days to create a habit, 90 days to create a lifestyle.
4. Your Mindset
Don’t just make a resolution, make a strategy. It’s great to have goals, but it’s even better when you can execute to make those goals a reality. The key to me obtaining multiple opportunities within Quarter 1 was faith and getting into position. I knew what I wanted to happen, I didn’t know where it was going to come from or how it was going to happen. When you prepare and position yourself for what you want, it will come. YOU have to take the initial step to move forward. You can’t sit around waiting for opportunities to fall out of the sky. Position yourself to catch them.
Don’t just make a resolution, make a strategy.
– Tatum Temia
5. Your Wardrobe
I’m a fashion designer, of course, I have to promote my brand! Start this year off with more confidence in your career than ever before by shopping with Brittany Christina Collection. You and I both know you only wear about 1/4th of your closet, if that. Now is the time to clean out your closet, donate those outfits you only wore once and never plan to wear again and bring in fashion-forward work attire for your career-driven self. New arrivals coming soon!
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