5 Things To Stop Doing to Yourself in 2018

As we approach the new year, many of us are setting new goals, trying to get our mind right by repeating the “New Year, New Me” mantra, and tying up lose ends from 2017 (breaking up with old boyfriends, reconnecting with family members). Even my family and I are setting some new goals to which we can hold each other accountable and event assist if needed. However, as goals are set, we tend to realize that most of them are tangible goals. “I want to travel to…”, “I want to make more money…”, or even “I want to lose weight”. The daunting task of New Year Goal Setting –identifying everything that needs to be left in the prior year and the prioritizing the things that need to be accomplished in the new year–can be overwhelming. However, some of those goals will be intangible of which we will need to develop specific measures to gage achievement. These intangible goals typically positively or negatively affect the tangible goals. While most of us want more money or a bigger home, conquering laziness, for example, is the catalyst to get you there. Here are some intangible goals that has helped me reach goals and might help you as well. In 2018, here are 5 Things to stop doing to yourself.

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The World is Changing. Are You?

The world is changing. So long are those days where go to college and get a job that you stay in for the next twenty to thirty years! Millennials are learning the hard way as they enter the workforce. People are finding various ways to add value to the public. In our so called “gig economy”, information is the new currency. We also can no longer wait for our employer to promote and develop us. We have to be proactive and committed to self-development, gain the experience you need and keep moving toward what you want to do. Your ability to learn and implement new information is going to be the key to your success and making your dreams happen.

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Leadership Lessons: Facing Realities

It never fails. While you are simply focusing on bringing forth your best each day, there will always be those- who have no clue the work that you do on the backend- offering frivolous advice, creating moving target expectations, and secretly questioning your abilities and motivations amongst their peers and not bringing their concerns to you! The higher status you attain, the more  responsibility you take on, the more people you will lead and collaborate. Everyone will not be on your team. You will need to quickly learn the art of politics.

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Power of Long-Term Thinking

Do you want to know why most people are not as successful as they want to be? Why do people end up powerless? There is a saying that goes like this: Failing to plan is planning to fail. In planning you have to adopt a key strategy that will make or break your success. No God isn’t ignoring you or punishing you for eating too much cake. No one is trying to sabotage you. You have sabotaged your self.  You see, unlike most mammals, you have the the power to make decisions for the long-term. However, instead of engaging our frontal cortex,  we end up using our mammalian brain–The part of the brain that sees food and immediately devours it like a lion spotting an antelope on the run. The shiny new object syndrome  will have us buying the the Yeezys on credit when you only $40 real dollars to your name. While it is good to live life “in the moment” it is vital to get back on track really quickly. To do this we have to reconnect to our Goals and think long term.

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Public Speaking Confidence

Public speaking tops the list of fears for most people. It is either more desired than death or closely behind it. I can attest to that cold, lonely, anxious and dark feeling!  I do know that you must have some serious confidence to do it. Some people are wonderful speakers and can orate an hour-long lecture without a single note. However, the number of people who can do this is very small. I, for one, am not one-yet.   See, public speaking has always been a fear of mine until people began offering me opportunities to speak. I am just now beginning to get better.

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Leadership Roanoke Valley: Celebration of Education Program

What a Fantastic day! After many months of preparation for Leadership Roanoke Valley Education Team’s Celebration of Education, we presented our day long program. We took a detailed look into how Roanoke City Schools ARE measuring up and preparing the workforce of tomorrow. We highlighted the positives happening at William Flemming High School, Forest Park Academy, and Patrick Henry High School. We provided our participants a hands on experience on how ROTEC and Governor’s School are preparing student to enter the workforce or enter college successfully.

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#1 Fatal Mistake People Make Around Achieving Success

I came across this video by John Asaraff. He makes a number of great points! Asaraff, discusses how we are constantly bombarded with negative emotions that hold us back. He shares his story where his mentor asked him, if he was just “interested  or committed in making those goals happen’. This was a pivotal moment for him. We too should ask ourselves the same question. There comes a time when you have to believe in yourself and determining your strategy to make it happen. When actions are connected to that strategy and you become more disciplined, you can reach our highest potential. Take a look!

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You May Not Be ‘Doing Anything With Your Major’, But…

It may be time to re-frame the way we think about this. It is kind of frustrating when people say they are not doing anything with their college degree, and that it was a waste of time. Since there is so much demand, and competition for jobs, college is getting a bad reputation. The negative rhetoric can deter the youngest generation from even wanting to pursue a college degree. As I was about to sit and look through some old PowerPoints from my MBA courses, I realized that learning never ends, and it is worth noting that there are several parallels from the college experience that translate to the the everyday post graduate life.

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Happy New Year : Day Two – Failed Resolution

Welcome to my Day Two of the New Year. So one of my Resolutions for 2017 was to become more compassionate. I caught a mouse for the first time……on a glue trap….I feel sad… I did not want to move it. It was wiggling, trying to break free. It felt inhumane. I seriously wanted to pay someone to come remove it from in front of my Fridge.  Someone told me it was Karma getting me back for wishing snow upon us. 

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