My two key words for 2022

Consistency and Networking — these are my key words for 2022.

Fellow readers, Happy New Year!

I am going to take you on a journey of my 2022 goal setting.

Before I start, I want you to think about your goals and resolutions for 2022. Do you notice any common pattern with the goals you might have set in previous years? What worked and didn’t work for you in previous years?

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Recently, I was reading social media posts and articles from several well-known personalities whom I follow on Twitter and LinkedIn. These people are successful in what they do, they still want to achieve something new every year. They post their new year goals on their social media feed for everyone to read and comment. Looking at those posts and understanding their reasoning behind those goals, one common thread that stands out is Consistency. All these people post about being consistent in what they do to achieve their goals.

Personally, I have realized that over the years, I have not been consistent in completing the tasks needed to achieve the goals that I set out every new year.

That’s where I want to make a difference this year — keeping it simple, but keeping it consistent.

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One of the goals I have set for 2022 is to build my personal presence on the internet, my personal brand. I had set this goal back in 2019 as well. I remember tweeting this on December 31st, 2018. Sadly, I can’t access that tweet anymore because my old twitter account has been deactivated.

For 2020 and 2021, I took a pause from setting a goal of building my personal brand and focused on my grad school and work. Now, since I have completed grad school, I want to challenge myself again in the quest of building my personal brand.

This idea of creating a personal brand is to have some sort of presence in the tech community, so that people in my field of work know me for my work and the value I provide to the community. If I can put some content out on the internet that is useful to others in my field of work, then hopefully I can create that presence needed to establish my personal brand. This directly relates to the other key word for 2022 — Networking.

Building my personal brand will help me network more, while I would have to network in order to build my personal brand. They are complementary to each other. Having a personal brand will help me to stand out among so many brilliant minds out there and having a solid network will make sure that there is someone to vouch for me.

Moving back to the topic of consistency, I want to touch upon 3 tasks (group of tasks) where I want to be consistent, and writing this story will keep me accountable to performing those tasks.

  • First, I want to work consistently in building my personal brand. For me, that includes writing regular blog posts here on Medium, and tweeting useful content for my followers on Twitter.
  • Second, I want to take care of my physical well being. That includes doing outdoor exercises (these are something I enjoy doing) like running, biking, hiking. It also includes eating healthy food. I want to perform these consistently.
  • Third, I want to connect with more people — whether that’s by attending more meetups, events, or by sharing experiences through social media such as Medium and Twitter.

I will write a follow-up story in 6 months to evaluate where I stand.

I want to achieve all these while maintaining my mental, physical and emotional well-being.

I hope whatever goals you have for 2022, you achieve all of those, and they become fruitful for your future.

Note: I used the content of this story as a speech in my Toastmasters club meeting on January 11, 2022

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Software Engineer | Cloud Development | Information Security | Let’s Connect 👉 https://twitter.com/abhishek_upd

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Software Engineer | Cloud Development | Information Security | Let’s Connect 👉 https://twitter.com/abhishek_upd

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