We are entering the third month of 2017, which means, we are about to complete the first quarter. Since I’m an educator, and grew up with in a family of educators, my brother and I learned the concept of quarters very early. Every school year was broken into four quarters, so, every quarter, we received grades on our job, which was school. Our parents set high expectations for us, and we were expected to deliver the results based on the goals we collectively set for ourselves. I learned about the value of setting goals, reflection, and refocusing to meet an end result at an early age, through trial and error. As we close out the first quarter of 2017…my question for you is, what about your goals? What goals did you set for this year, and as we approach the third month of this year…what is your grade? Whether you have set a long-term or short-term goal, it is critical that you take inventory of where you are periodically.
In this article, I would like to revisit one of my previous strategies called “Pause and Self-Reflect.” We will review three simple tips using this strategy to assess and define our journey through the first quarter of our best year yet!!
“Practice the pause. When in doubt, pause. When angry, pause. When tired, pause. When stressed, pause. And when you pause, pray.” – Unknown
We live in a society where we often feel that we have to always “press play” to keep up or to compete with someone else. The truth is, the only person we are in competition with is ourselves. We can be our own worst enemy by failing to slow down, pressing pause, and taking a moment to just reflect on ourselves. This piece is critical to being successful. If you think that you need assistance with making time to do this, make an appointment on your calendar for reflection time. Sometimes, this could be the drive into or from work. It could be when you are soaking in the bathtub…Only you know when. I strongly urge you to take some time to press pause to truly reflect on your journey.
By pressing pause, assessing your progress, and clearing your vision, you will be able to visually see the roadmap of your personal and professional actions that impact goal attainment. By making the invisible visible, you will be able to pinpoint and perfect precise behaviors that can be replicated to create a cycle of consecutive wins in your life. Take some time today to begin this process to continue to the planning process for your best year yet!
About the author:
Educator, Leader, Mentor, Strategist and Influencer, our founder & CEO, Nicole Grimes (TheNicoleMG), has led in many roles as a teacher, educational leader, supervisor, in the public-school setting, and within multiple organizations throughout her personal and professional career. She has received extensive education, training, and professional development across the United States. Nicole has also been to and attended multiple summer institutes at Harvard University. She is a chartering Executive Board member of The National Coalition of 100 Black Women - Metropolitan Baton Rouge, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc, MRSA, and The BOSS Network. A two-time graduate of Southern University and A & M College, she is currently a doctoral candidate in Educational Leadership. A polished and professional trendsetter, Nicole is known as an advocate for empowerment, education, leadership development, and coaching.