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The workplace : How to keep your dream alive

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By Isaiah Kitimbo

Posted  Friday, December 27  2013 at  02:00

As expected, December 31 will be the last day of 2013. Like a movie, the year will have to end on Tuesday. What is important, though, is that this year will disappear to usher in a new one. As such, many will celebrate the triumphs made while others will rejoice for having survived a ‘tough’ year.
Then the race will begin afresh in January next year. Like a marathon, some runners will drop along the way; others will limp while a few will sail through the challenges to victory.

How you cross the finish line will largely depend on your strategies and the commitment to realising your dream. This is because every year, plans are set. However, actualising them requires effort. This explains why many companies that offer similar products for the same market register different profitability ratios.

Generally, the year has been quite challenging for many Ugandans. Many businesses have struggled, which has partly impacted many individual employees’ dreams.
But you can walk tall regardless of the circumstances. Evaluation is one of the key factors to consider. Assess your performance against the objectives, which you committed yourself to achieving this year. Evaluation will help you understand bottlenecks and stay in control of the steering wheel in the New Year.

Action. Once the bottlenecks are clear, you will have to work harder to remove them. Instead of merely talking, think of ways of actualising the plans to improve your worth.
Honest. You should be honest to yourself by setting realistic goals. Goals start small and develop as you progress in your career. But this can only happen if you are patient to watch them materialise.
Reward. Celebrate the little individual successes. As an employee, you ought to appreciate your contribution. This way, you will be able to appreciate others’ effort. Wishing you the very best of 2014!

The writer is a human resources expert and a journalist