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“Let’s Talk Business” with Richard Coles Planning – “Failing to plan is planning to fail”

July 12, 2017 Headline News, Training No Comments Email Email

“There is one quality which one must possess to win, and that is definiteness of purpose, the knowledge of what one wants, and a burning desire to possess it.” – Napoleon Hill Some weeks ago I wrote about investing in yourself.

“Invest in yourself and you’ll see better returns than almost any other investment opportunity, but don’t forget your financial investments such as Superannuation, etc.” This worthwhile financial product has many benefits down the road, but you need to plan.  Financial literacy along with long-term planning are the keys to achieving personal wealth. As we go through the next decade good financial education will become more prevalent.

The more you learn, the more you’re able to recognize and take advantage of the opportunities around you. Top leadership consultants say that successful people run their lives like a CEO runs a business.

Where do you need to be in three, five, ten, maybe even in ten years time? How will I get from here to where I need to be? What skills and knowledge do I need to bring on board to get there? What structure and processes do I need to put in place to ensure I reach my objectives? Often training plays a part.

What skills do you have and what skills do you need if you’re going to achieve this? Without long term objectives to strive towards and a strategy in place to achieve them you will get nowhere. Living your life day to day means the big dreams you might have of a perfect future will remain exactly that – dreams.

Story: The Obstacle in Our Path (Opportunity)

In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. He then hid himself and watched to see if anyone would move the boulder out of the way. Some of the king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it.

Many people loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but none of them did anything about getting the stone out of the way.

A peasant then came along carrying a load of vegetables. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to push the stone out of the road. After much pushing and straining, he finally succeeded.

After the peasant went back to pick up his vegetables, he noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King explaining that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway.

Moral of the story: Every obstacle we come across in life gives us an opportunity to improve our circumstances, and whilst the lazy complain, the others are creating opportunities through their kind hearts, generosity and willingness to get things done.

“Let our advance worrying become advance thinking and planning”

Tips on Effective Career Planning

Continually re-evaluate: Take time each year to sit down and evaluate how you are doing career-wise. Are you still meeting your goals? What changes do you need to make? Are your skills top-notch or do you need some training? You can get off-track if you don’t constantly re-evaluate your progress against your career plan. Or worse, you could end up wasting time by going continuing down the wrong path if your needs have changed.

Stay informed: Know what’s going on in your career. Talk to customers and suppliers. Read magazines and online articles. What are the newest skills? Who are the major competitors? What are employers looking for? What are the pay and benefits being offered? Being informed is the best way to know if your skills are up-to-date and that you are in the right job.

Change your situation: Learn a skill if you need to grow. Change jobs within your company if your current job is no longer fully meeting your needs. Move on to new experiences and challenges.

“Planning is bringing the future into the present so that you can do something about it now”

Richard Coles, Owner of Coles International Training & Consulting researches, develops and delivers real world learning and organizational solutions to clients’ needs and problems around the world. One area of specialization is Customer Service and leadership initiatives. Richard was in the airline business for over 30 years in prominent roles and worked for the best, KLM, Qantas and Emirates, so understands the travel industry well. To discuss your training needs, challenges, goals and strategy, visit www.colestraining.com and email Richard on: colestraining@gmail.com.

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