September 15, 2019

Lately I’ve been wondering what makes some goals stick while others fall flat. Surprisingly I found my answer while on vacation. I stayed at a resort where I had worked over 20 years ago. I had a glimpse back at a wildly successful time in my career when I also met my husband and bought my first home. How did I achieve all of that?! “Back in the day” What did it take for me to have an all-systems-go attitude? What would it take now? It starts by creating an all-systems-go program, and being willing to work that program every day.

1.  Get Crystal Clear:
Decide what you want and why you want it. What do you want to be known for? Visualize it happening: What does it look like? What does it feel like? Devise a clear path forward.

2.  Daily Dose:
Carve out 30 minutes a day to learn more about your field and what you’re trying to achieve: read books and articles, listen to TED Talks and podcasts, watch videos and documentaries. Feed yourself a Daily Dose.

3.  Practice, Practice, Practice:
Roll up your sleeves and get to work. Try things out. Establish what works and what doesn’t. Learn from your mistakes, tweak your approach, and then practice some more.

4.  Connect:
Build a network of people who can help you move forward. Share ideas and learn from one another. Talk to people who have done it before. Be curious and ask questions. Engage and thrive in your connections.
During my early days at the Marriott I was crystal clear I wanted to be remembered as one of the top managers. I subscribed to Hotel magazine, enrolled in leadership classes, studied all the standard operating procedures and joined a local hospitality-networking group. I even managed the banquet department at our sister property when the department head was out sick. It wasn’t easy and I made a ton of mistakes. I broke dishes, I served the wrong food, I even used the wrong tablecloths for a wedding and had to reset the entire room.
There are many successful programs already available to help you work on your vision. In school it’s called a curriculum, in the corporate world it’s called a business plan, when kicking an addiction, it’s the twelve steps. Do you want your vision to come true? Then design your program and get going!
Have a beautiful week!

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