Leaders Should go Backward for 2019!

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Backward? 
As you look at the year ahead, many of us already have a good idea of what we want to happen this year. Take time to think about that.
I am honored to be speaking this May in D.C at the International ATD Conference where the keynote is Oprah Winfrey! I have goals surrounding that opportunity.
What are those things you’d like to accomplish, or areas you’d like to see improvement in? Most of us probably have more than one goal.  As a woman in business, you may have goals for yourself professionally, and personally, too.
In order to be able to look back at the end of 2019 and say, “Well done!” there are some things you need to do to get there and this is the perfect time to put things in place for success!
In order to move forward, first, we need to plan backward!
Start with Insight:
Insight means looking at things from a unique perspective.  Separate your goals into categories. Write down in sentences what you want to happen for each goal.  If I want my career or my health to be better, what does “better” mean? Define your goal. How will you know if you’ve achieved it? If you want a promotion in 2019 do you know what the responsibilities of the next position are? If so, what are the gaps in your skill sets you’ll need to address throughout the year in order to be qualified? Are there improvements you need to make in your communication skills or business relationships?
Plan backward. Look at the end results that you defined as goals above. What are the actions or behaviors that will need to happen, or change, to get you there?  Be specific. What do you need to do each month to make the cumulative effect you are looking for at the end? Write out realistic actions you will take each month to help make the end of 2019 the most accomplished ever!
The first step to success is preparation. “Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I’ll spend the first four sharpening the axe.”   — Abraham Lincoln —
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