Did you know that only about 12% of people feel that they accomplish their New Year’s resolution goals each year? That’s low, and there’s got to be a better way. Perhaps we just don’t have a good measuring stick. Some resolutions are fairly black and white, either accomplished or not. Some are more fluid, not so much whether they’re completed or not, but rather in perpetual motion. 

The good news is that vastly more people report at least seeing a behavior change. Researchers have called it the “fresh start effect”, where the New Year sort of spurs us to feel a different sort of motivation to change. With 2022 just two short months away, it seems reasonable to begin planning our new resolutions now. What changes would you like to see in your life? Not surprisingly, in 2021, career changes were among the top-5 most common New Year’s goals. With the Great Resignation continuing to pick up steam, many of us feel that overwhelming pull to re-prioritize our career goals.

Here’s a statistic for you—the average age a person changes careers is 39 years old. The instability of the economy, coupled with health concerns continues to make us think hard about our futures. Division within our own little safe circles has been intense, and it’s starting to take a mental and physical toll on many of us. Physicians are reporting anxiety and depression levels among their patients at all-time highs. We want better work-life balances and we need more control over our financial futures. Being happy at work is high on the list of factors that determine our overall sense of peace. Furthermore, the economy does better when its workforce is happy. For many, that is going to require a big change.

So what can we do to make our resolutions stick and find a career path which is a better fit for us? These 10 steps are a fabulous jumping-off point. Getting started is the hardest part. If weight loss is your goal, you’ll probably find that just getting to the gym regularly is the biggest challenge. Changing your career can be a bit trickier. You will need to choose your ideal work preferences. Is it in a building or online? Do you want to sell goods, services, or contributions? Do you continue working for someone else or are you ready to explore business ownership of your own? Can you afford it? Are there loans and grants available to help? 

A sharp rise in new business start-ups was noted in 2020 and 2021 and doesn’t look to be any different in 2022. Some began businesses online, some became franchisees, and some started from scratch with brick-and-mortar storefronts. No matter the route, the fact remains that the landscape of “work” is drastically changing. And when you’re ready to make a go of it, there are plenty of online resources to help you get started. 

We’re all guilty of being creatures of habit, and we tend to shy away from change. But 2022 can be a great opportunity for us to all renew our hope for normalcy – a chance to nurture kind and loving relationships despite our differences. It’s an opportunity to use the “fresh start effect” to our advantage in our personal lives, our career paths, and all the blended spaces in between. Let’s begin early by envisioning what we want our 2022 to look like. Make that plan, start that list, and take purposeful steps to get that ball rolling. Trust us when we say—our 2023 selves will thank us. 

Career transition doesn’t have to be a daunting proposition—only if you allow it to be. At FranNet, we’re the veteran navigators of this process—and our goal is to help everyone who longs for a future more entrepreneurial to get that chance. If you’d like to begin planning your 2022 future now, we can help you get started with a no-cost, no-obligation visit with a FranNet representative who lives and works in your area