Happy New Year!

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Be Well and Prosper!

Deborah Gray-Young Promo Port 121812Well, we’re just hours away from beginning a new year.  I’m looking forward to 2015.   2014 was a good year and I am very much looking forward to continuing the momentum.

By now, I’m sure you have outlined your goals for 2015.  I wish you every success with achieving them.

Did you make your goals big enough to stretch you out of your comfort zone? If they don’t make you take a deep breath, they are not big enough.


Have you developed a plan of action to achieve your goals? If not, then they are not really goals, just a wish list.  Here are the first steps to creating a plan of action.

Goals Need Action to be Realized

Goals Need Action to be Realized







Who’s holding your ladder? Have you assessed your support system and determined whether you have what you need to help you succeed in 2015?  Don’t go it alone. 

 Is professional development one of your goals for 2015?  Your professional development is largely your responsibility.  Don’t rely solely on your employer to give you what you need to be the best.  Set aside a professional development budget for yourself.

Part of your professional development and networking strategy should include attending conferences and workshops. I highly recommend Black Enterprise Women of Power.  This year’s conference is being held in Ft. Lauderdale March 2nd-5th.  Follow the link  to view the outstanding line up of speakers and activities.

What trade press should you be reading to keep abreast of your field?  Start with Smartbriefs.com to identify the business brief for your industry.  There is no substitute for being a student of your craft.    It is critical to being taken more seriously.

How will you take care of your spirit in 2015?  Taking care of your spirit is more than just worship.  It is taking care of your body and mind to minimize the ravishing effects of stress.  You must take time for yourself in order to be of good service to those who rely on you.

These are just a few questions to ponder over the next few days. As Iyanla Tweeted recently, “So many of us invest a fortune making ourselves look good to the world, yet inside we are falling apart. It’s time to invest on the inside.”

As we say a fond farewell to 2014, I wish for you all the love, peace, happiness, laughter and prosperity you can receive.  As such, I wish the same for me and my family and friends. We cannot wish for another that which you do not wish for ourselves, for we are all tethered.

I look forward to being of service to you in 2015.

Happy New Year!  Be Well and Prosper!

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Deborah Gray-Young, CPC, ELI-MP

Certified Personal and Executive Coach

Author, The Young Professional’s Handbook

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