As we head into a new year and decade, many people are reevaluating their lives — personally and professionally. For some people that means making resolutions and for others that means simply surveying what’s going on in their lives , so as to not box themselves in with over-reaching promises.

“Sometimes we need to start somewhere,” says Lisa Wright Bryant, certified professional life coach and CEO of LM Bryant Consulting. “Many times we need to put it on paper.”

Bryant, the author of “You Are Enough: Keeping It 100 With Yourself 2.0,” says that you shouldn’t be afraid to change your priorities or what you have resolved to do at any given time.

“Many times our vision gets out of whack,” she says. “Our vision changes because of certain circumstances and we need ‘corrective lenses’ maybe due to injury, job loss or grief. The year 2020 should be the year that you put on your corrective lenses.”

Over the next few weeks as part of a “New Vision in 2020” series, The Philadelphia Tribune will be looking at ways people will be leveling up in their personal and professional lives, including careers, relationships and health.

Today, we’re examining how to get ahead on the job. Michelle Snow, the executive consultant and CEO of the Michelle Snow Co., LLC. and known as “Career Coach on Duty”, says there are three basic things you should do no matter where you are on your work journey.

1. “Make sure you understand the culture of the industry you’re looking to obtain work from. Cultural understanding is critical,” Snow says.

2. Know your line for authenticity. “It’s being open versus being authentic,” she says. “Look at who you are and what can take you out of your comfort zone.” Snow says that this is what contributes to high turnover at a company. She says it’s important to have patience when you reach a point of discomfort, but you still have to remain true to yourself and your values when considering a career move like going for a new job or quitting a current position.

3. Have a friend network. “A lot of times people — typically your office mates — are not your friends. You need to be friendly enough to have camaraderie, but not truly friends,” Snow says. She advises that you should be careful in crossing the line between work friends and real-life personal friends. This includes having work colleagues in your social media networks.

Snow also points out that different generations have different priorities in the workplace.

She says that some younger workers don’t see value in “working their way up” or starting at the bottom at a company. But she emphasizes that things can always change and that many work circumstances are temporary, so that you can work a full-time gig and also do your own hustle on the side.

“There needs to be a willingness to reinvent yourself,” Snow says. “It’s a risk and you have to reinvest in yourself.” She notes that technology has played the biggest role here with smartphones and the numerous productivity apps that are available.

Other work opportunities are what Snow calls “hustle businesses” such as cooking, ride-hailing services, personal care and custom apparel production. These types of jobs are common and sometimes go unrecognized as part of the U.S. economy — especially in the African-American community.

No matter what, as people look to the new year and making changes to their work lives, she says the main advice doesn’t change: you have to evolve to get sustainability. Snow says, “Embrace change and be willing to invest in your skillset and this goes across all genres and all industries. Everything is evolving and we must too.”

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