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Are You Planning for a Better New Year?

Posted by on December 29, 2015 at 12:40 AM Comments comments (8)

If there is one thing I have learned is the path to success in any area of life is by following a plan. As the year comes to a close have you reflected on your successes as well as the things you did not accomplish? Have you put together a game plan for the coming year?


It doesn't matter how elaborate or slack the plan is, but it does matter that you take the time and effort to write down some plan or goals you want to achieve next year. I have had some great successes and some equally disappointing failures. The difference in the level of success I achieved was planning. People plan for success, not failure.


Keeping it transparent, I admit that I have had some challenges this year; I've even been a little negative (yes, me, the queen of positivity); nevertheless, I am working on my plan to overcome those challenges and achieve even greater success in the New Year.


Here are some tips to help you get started on developing your Success Plan for 2016:


1. Have a vision. Decide what it is you want to achieve. Even the Bible says, "Without vision the people perish." A vision will help you establish direction, then you can develop a plan to guide you there.


2. See yourself succeeding. Before you write down the first word, you must believe that you already have the success you want. Begin with the end in mind. If you want that new job, see yourself as already having received it. Then channel your energies and actions toward getting it - tweak your resume and cover letter, establish some inside contacts at the company who can get your resume in the hands of the hiring manager or other influencer - I think you get the picture. These steps should all be included as part of your plan.

3. Do not give up. No matter what circumstances look like, keep pushing forward and continue to develop your plan for success. At times you might think the plan is not worth the effort, and want to abandon it. That is the worse thing you can do. It is important that you keep writing your plan no matter how far fetched it sounds (you can always go back and revise it later). The important thing is that you don't quit.

4. Put the time in. Just like anything else worth having, developing your success plan takes time. Set aside some time each day to write, review, and reflect on the plan. By setting aside time each day for planning establishes a routine and helps you establish discipline.


5. Go get it. Once you get your plan on paper, Activate it. Start working your plan and keep at it until you get what you get what you want.


Have a Happy & Prosperous New Year!

Watch for my Rescript Your Life Series "Live" coming in 2016.


Being Thankful Can Change Your Life (Rescript Your Life Series, 4)

Posted by on November 24, 2015 at 10:15 AM Comments comments (0)

There is an old adage that says, "Be thankful for what you've got." While that statement may not seem like a lot, it is packed full of truth. I know this to be true in my own life. Lately, I have been so preoccupied with my own problems and trials that I have not taken the time to stop and be thankful for the things that I have or what I have accomplished.


"Focusing on our problems only creates more problems and magnifies the problems we had to begin with." - Dr. Pinkey Stewart


As we prepare to celebrate Thanksgiving, I ask you to STOP and take some time to be thankful for all that you have -- be it a little or a lot. Make a list of things that you are grateful for then read it everyday as a reminder. No matter where you are at this point in your life, dwelling on the negatives or things your life is lacking is never a good thing. To make life more enjoyable and to attract the things that you most desire in life, try being thankful for what you have and where you are at the present time (after all, it could be worse).


"Thanksgiving opens the windows of opportunity for ideas to flow your way.” -Jim Rohn


 When we are genuinely thankful, it opens up windows of opportunity that may otherwise not have come our way. I remember a time when I had a part-time job, and needed a full-time position in order to move ahead financially. Each day, I thanked God for my new executive level position, yet I remained thankful for the part-time job I already had. Within 21 days, I had an offer for a full-time position; a few days later the job I really wanted came through. Such a dilemma to have. Since I had accepted the first offer, I declined the job I really wanted. As a result of that decision, I was promoted to a higher level position in the company two weeks after I was hired! A year later, I was promoted to an even higher position. I may not have received those blessings if I had not been thankful for what I already had. Remember to be humble, remain grateful, and always be thankful.









Ladies, Hold Your Heads Up!

Posted by on June 29, 2015 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (1)
I am sitting in a government building waiting for an appointment and noticed something interesting. Most the women walking through here are walking with their heads down. On further investigation, these are women who work in support positions. The few women who walk with their heads up are in authority or leadership roles. This got me thinking that many people are so beat down by circumstances that it shows in their behavior. Heads held low usually means defeat, a broken spirit, and just plain "give up" mentality. As someone once said, If you can look up, you can get up." So ladies hold your heads up so you can think up and get up out of whatever mess/circumstance/situation you are in. Just because you are there right now doesn't mean you have to stay there. Rewrite the script. Part 4 (Rescript Your Life Series)

Change Your Mindset, Change Your Life (Rescript Your Life Series, 3)

Posted by on June 23, 2015 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

You probably heard the saying, "Change your thinking, change your life," repeated over and over by motivational speakers, thought leaders and many others. While that may be true to some extent, it takes more than a change in thinking to make a life transformation. You have to change your mindset, to truly transform your life.


You see, change and transformation are two different things, just as thinking and mindset are different. As one unknown author put it, "Change fixes the past, transformation creates the future." When you make a change in your life, it is based on past (and present) circumstances that you no longer want to occur. Yet, until you make a commitment to transform it, you can go back - like diet's, the change is only temporary. Change is constant, transformation is permanent. When you transform, it involves altering your lifestyle with regard to a specific area.


One way to look at transformation is by observing a caterpillar. At first, the caterpillar is just a grotesque insect until it transforms into a majestic butterfly. The caterpillar transformed from crawling to flying and totally changed its appearance - it can not go back to what it was before.


Taking on a different mindset is essentially a transformation. When you change your mindset, you totally transform your belief system without letting past experiences negatively influence you. In her best selling book, Mindset, Stanford psychologist Carol Dweek says, "...the view you adopt for yourself profoundly affects the way you lead your life. When you enter a mindset, you enter a new world."


Webster's dictionary defines mindset as, "a mental attitude, inclination; a fixed state of mind." When you change your mindset, you literally formulate a different belief system. On the other hand, when you change your thinking, you can change it back again.


When a transformation takes place it is permanent; things can not go back to how there were before the transformation. So change your mindset and your life will change.




Part 3 - (the Rescript Your Life Series)


Dr. Pinkey A. Stewart is a leadership development and employee engagement strategist, and owner of SuccessZone. She is a talented trainer, workshop facilitator, and keynote speaker who provides creative leadership strategies to small and mid-sized businesses to maximize employee productivity. For booking information contact




Employees Who Challenge Leadership are Good for Business

Posted by on June 22, 2015 at 7:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Every leader has likely encountered an employee who questions or decorously challenges some of the leader's ideas, or policies. While some leaders may feel uncomfortable or downright agitated by these employees; leaders should welcome feedback from employees who have the moxie to question their proposed actions. In fact, employees who respectfully shakeup the status quo can be good for the organization.


How are employees who challenge leadership decisions good for business?  When the validity of certain decisions, policies, or proposed practices are questioned, senior managers should listen and consider the employee's viewpoint. The employee may offer a different perspective, fresh idea, or an innovative approach that is more conducive to helping leaders make better decisions that can lead to product/service improvements, or better customer satisfaction, for example.


Strong, confident leaders embrace and encourage employees to give them honest and open feedback. Encouraging employees to challenge ideas and give feedback lets them know that their opinions matter. empowers employees by giving them the opportunity to take part in decisions that affect them.


Encouraging the sharing of ideas and suggestions, builds a greater level of employee trust and respect for their leaders.  According to Kenneth Daum  employees need to feel that leadership appreciates their contribution and values their participation. One sure way to show employees that they are valued and appreciated, is to give them open lines of communication where they can share their feelings and opinions.


In a recent Huffington Post interview," target="_blank">Deborah Sakellarios and Alana Duff advised, "It takes commitment and dedication to improve one's leadership capabilities and it's important to remember that great leaders are not afraid to hire people who can challenge the conventional wisdom and bring complementary skills to an organization."



Dr. Pinkey A. Stewart is a leadership development and employee engagement strategist, and owner of SuccessZone. She is a talented trainer, workshop facilitator, and keynote speaker who provides creative leadership strategies to small and mid-sized businesses to maximize employee productivity. For booking information contact

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