The Logical Way to Plan for a Better Year

The Logical Way to Plan for a Better Year

Happy festivities to you all!

It’s that time of year again. A time of celebration, good cheer, relaxation (as much as you can manage) and indulgence. It is also a time for reflection, review, restructuring and planning; both in your personal and professional life.

As we countdown in days to the end of the year, I urge you to do two things for yourself. These two things are: sift and shift.

When I say sift and shift, this is what I mean: sort, separate, remove and discard. In other words, look back at how your year has been. What has worked? What hasn’t? What would you do again? What would you improve upon? What would you remove? What would you discard completely? It’s time to take stock and choose what to reproduce and what to get rid of.

Every action you have ever taken is a result of the information you received and used. Whether directly, through experience or by observation. Your ability to get results is based on the fact that you received certain information and either used it ‘as is’ or adjusted it to some extent. It would therefore be reasonable to say that the logical way to plan for a better year is to be mindful of the kind of information you receive and use. One way I strongly suggest you do this, is to weigh all information that comes to you, against Sound values and your Purpose.

Sound values and purpose act in a sift and shift manner. Sound values sifts the information you receive; causing you to only retain useful and beneficial ones (just in case you are wondering why I call it sound values rather than just values. It’s because sound values are values that preserve resources without jeopardising your well being or the well being of others). While purpose shifts irrelevant or unsuitable information.

Information will always play a huge role in forming who you are and who you become. You are ultimately a result of the information you have taken in over the years and you’ll keep: evolving, stagnating, improving or declining as a result of the information you receive and use.

As you begin to make plans for the coming year, decide within yourself that you will only receive and use information that is in-line with sound values and your purpose. Below are some other practices that will be beneficial to you–and ultimately the people around you–in the coming year.

  1. Be a Planner.
  2. Maintain good character.
  3. Do not spread yourself too thin.
  4. ‘Travel’ light; for the one who travels light travels well (i.e. No baggage).
Lastly, remember that your leadership role is a privilege not a right.

 

Have a very merry Christmas and a blessed new year!!!

 

Keep Leading right and Living light;

Belinda

 

 

 

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BE A FINISHER

BE A FINISHER

FINISHING TAKES GUTS. FINISHING TAKES EFFORT BUT IT IS WELL WORTH IT.
YOU MAY HAVE QUESTIONED YOURSELF OR YOUR COMPETENCE.
YOU MIGHT HAVE EVEN STRUGGLED A LITTLE…OR A LOT.
YOU MAY NOT HAVE ACHIEVED ALL YOU SET OUT TO ACHIEVE THIS YEAR.
REGARDLESS OF ALL THESE, DO NOT QUIT!
IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO ACHIEVE THAT GOAL.
SEEK HELP IF YOU NEED TO.
FIND SUPPORT IF YOU HAVE TO.
DO SOMETHING EXCEPT QUIT.
MAKE UP YOUR MIND TO FINISH AND…FINISH!
RESIST THE TEMPTATION TO CAVE IN OR BACK DOWN.
RENEW YOUR MINDSET.
RE-POSITION YOURSELF.
RETAIN YOUR HONOUR.
BE A FINISHER!

Lead right and live light

Belinda

Convenience

Convenience

Penguins are amazing creatures. They ‘bring forth’ in the harshest weather, in environments that are anything but convenient.
During this time, their goal is to produce and to keep it alive.
They embark on a journey of strength, focus and believe–in spite of the inconvenience.
On this journey of productivity, one guiding rule is key and this is it: Avoid loss and chaos!
It takes character and strength to finish outside of convenience. Your journey will not always be convenient but your ability to stay loyal and committed to who you are–as well as to your cause–in order for you to add value to someone else, is what really sets you apart and makes you exceptional.

Lead right and live light

Belinda

Planning for Performance

Planning for Performance

A very good morning to you, it feels really good to be able to connect with you today.
I believe you’ve had a good weekend and that you did something exciting and/or relaxing.

For those of you who did the exercise last week: well done to you. I’d really love to hear how you got on with that (did it feel good to consciously plan for performance? Does your goal, task, etc., seem clearer now? Now that you are clear on what you what to do and how you are going to do them, do you feel more or less motivated and/or ready to move forward?)

Last week we looked into what planning means. Today we’ll be looking at the relevance of planning and what planning for performance involves.
Planning is an important element for achieving performance. You need to first accept and then understand this, if optimum performance is something you really want to achieve. Planning helps you see the ‘big picture’ and it also helps you find a way to ‘bring it to light’. As a leader, planning keeps you in control of things and helps you manage your team better. Listed below are some other importance of planning:
1. It keeps you organised
2. It keeps you motivated
3. It provides direction and keeps you focused
4. It improves efficiency
5. It encourages good decision making
6. It encourages creativity and innovation
7. It safeguards you from chaos
8. It organizes as well as saves resources (time, money and human effort)

Now that we know the importance of planning, let’s see what planning for performance involves. It involves you knowing:
– What you want to achieve or accomplish (what is the reason for your performance? what is your performance geared towards?)
– What actions and resources are required to accomplish your purpose
– How you will implement the actions, in order to get optimum result(s)
– How you will manage your resources (human and/or material)
– How you will monitor and measure progress

There are 2 major questions—in my opinion—that you should ask when planning for performance. They are:
– Is there an agreed level/standard of performance that needs to be achieved for this particular goal or task?
– Is there a way to know when the agreed level/standard of performance for this particular goal/task is reached?

Have a productive week and continue to:

Lead right and live light
Belinda