New Directions

By Jim Ward

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What’s in your 2014 toolbox?

“I can’t change the direction of the wind. But I can adjust my sails to always reach my destination” – Jimmy Dean

It does not matter what you do for a living: plumber, carpenter, lawyer, business owner or entrepreneur. As professionals we need to think about those areas we want to change or improve in the coming year. Where did you find success in 2013? What do you want to really focus on changing this year? I have the following thoughts about a 2014 toolbox toward success:

  1. Find your passion, and do it. You get the future you want by taking action and making it happen. If you are unhappy in your current job/career, make a detailed plan to change it. Suppose you want to take that next step into a higher level position offering more money and advancement. Put a plan in place to get you there.
  2. Always reinvent and improve yourself. Find three things you want to improve about yourself and make a plan to do it. Focus on those three things. Seek the help of friends and colleagues to help you improve and you will will make significant progress.
  3. Make a plan to increase your skills in some way. As professionals we must be continuous learners, acquiring new skills and tools to help us grow and develop. Make a 2014 plan. Attend that seminar you have been thinking about, take that course on social media, volunteer for a new project at work, something that gets you out of your comfort zone. In other words, keep up with what’s new and use that to your advantage.
  4. Expect the unexpected. Seldom do our plans follow a linear path. There is always an unexpected curve ball thrown at us. Flex to the moment.

Until next time…


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