(Originally published August 30, 2016)


When I was a national buyer for a major catalogue retailer, most of the work I did projected 6 months into the future. As a Conference Sales Manager, I worked with corporate meeting planners and event organizers 6 months to a year in advance. As an advertising manager of a business periodical, I outlined a full year of content to provide the sales team direction to curate new clients.

Big projects take time to create. Important projects end up on your calendar. Your life is a big, important project. Have you thought about what you are going to achieve in 2017 yet? If it’s big and important to you, NOW is the time to figure it out.


What should you be working on?

For starters, deciding what you want to accomplish next year. It could be to

–      get clarity about what you have to offer or what you want to do

–      start a business or accelerate business growth

–      formulate a business model that supports your lifestlye

–      develop your key message, the value you bring to the world

–      strategize how to structure your sales efforts

–      create a marketing plan

–      choose what product creation to focus on

–      expand your client base

–      change what didn’t work

and there’s so much more.

It doesn’t matter what stage you are at. What matters is that you know what stage you are at and that you recognize what’s important to you so that you know what you need to do next.


‘Tonight’s nominees fueled the spirit of the hustle and inspired others to dream, work hard and make their mark on the world. Their stories are proof that when you follow your dreams, you can achieve greatness.’ 

  ~ Puff Daddy at the 2016 MTV Music Awards


So, let’s take a step back for a moment. How did planning work out for you in 2016? If it looks different than what you had hoped for, it’s time to take this a little more seriously.

If you planned but failed to execute, was it the right plan for you?

If you planned, but it didn’t work out, have you made adjustments?

If you didn’t plan anything, what were you expecting to happen?





Look, I know planning isn’t on everyone’s favorite list. It was never on mine. Freedom is one of my core values, which includes being able to do what I want, when I want.

Let me tell you a very important success secret. In order to have personal freedom, the kind of freedom I desired to have, you need to put some pretty distinct strategies and systems in place.

Planning is one of those strategies, whether it’s to get clarity or come up with a plan to execute. It is vital for you to succeed.



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