Author: Angela Spears

Tips for ending the year with a BANG!

This year has been one filled with many ups and some downs for many that I know. If you want to end the year on top and go into the new year with a vengeance, here are some tips from a few different perspectives. Maybe you are the person who had a great year and want to end the year with positive motivation to carry you into the new year. My tips for you are to: Reflect and Celebrate. Reflect on what you have accomplished, acknowledge your accomplishments and take some time celebrate your accomplishments if you haven’t already. It might be as simple as going to dinner with friends, or big like throwing a celebration party. Celebrate in a way the best suits you and be sure to make it a memorable experience. Brainstorm ideas for where you want to be in the new year. Go somewhere out of your normal environment to help you to come up with some innovative ideas. The sky is the limit. Prioritize and Plan. Prioritize your top goals …

How Leaders Develop, Succeed and Survive

Many strive to be great leaders and some even strive to be at the top level of leadership as a CEO or senior executive. The question is, how do leaders make it to the top level of leadership? This has always been a question which intrigued me, especially after in being a leadership development consultant and throughout my studies in leadership and organizational development. Let’s examine this question from three different perspectives. How do leaders develop to get to the top and stay there? What are the top traits that differentiate top leaders from others? How do leaders survive their journey? How do leaders develop to get to the top and stay there? Morgan W. McCall Jr., professor at University of Southern California (USC) and formerly Center for Creative Leadership, suggests that to some extent is learned and from experience (Gill, 2011, p. 348). Seeds of leadership are often planted early in life and are based on a combination of experiences such as: Early work experiences Short-term assignments Major assignments Experience with very good and …

Celebrate Read a Book Day!

It’s Read a Book Day!! Celebrate today by reading a book, a section of a book, host a book reading party, read to your children; anything to promote reading books. I remember loving to read books since I was a little girl. My mother regularly ordered books from Reader’s Digest and I would read her books, even those I wasn’t supposed to be reading at my age. I was inspired by mystery books at the time. Now I tend to focus on reading for personal development because I believe if you aren’t learning and stimulating your mind, you aren’t growing.  In order to live your best life, you should be sure to include reading as a regular practice. Here, I share books I have been reading most recently based on the topics I typically coach, write and speak about, which is all about executing results in your life, career and business. I also included a fiction and children’s book. Although I rarely read fiction, I had to share a couple of recommendations that are worth the …

Farewell to 2013

 As 2013 is coming to a close, I want to share with you some questions I ask myself at the close of each year. I am adamant about reflecting, setting goals and measuring progress at the end of each year and even all year round. I encourage you to reflect on 2013 and prepare for 2014 by answering the following questions. Share some of your responses in the comments as a way to encourage and inspire each other (including me)  in the upcoming year. 1. Reflect on your experiences in 2013. What were your highs? What were your lows? What can learn from each high and low? 2. What goals did you accomplish? Be sure to celebrate your successes. 3. What goals did you not accomplish? Why? 4. What do you want to do differently in 2014? Below are some examples… Bring a newer, more positive attitude Spend more time with my family Do more things for me… 5. What do you want to leave behind in 2013? 6. What are your 2014 goals? Be …

Dream Living Journal – Part Three

This is the last sneak peek into what readers can expect from My Dream Living Journal . Be sure to check out Parts One and Two at https://dreamlivingcoach.wordpress.com/  if you haven’t already. The next thing I firmly believe in as it relates to living the life of your dreams is to have a Dream Team. Readers will have the opportunity to identify individuals they can count on for support, encouragement and to help hold them accountable to their goals and action plans. It is extremely important to have the right people around you to live your dream life. Identify people who are going in the same direction or are already where you want to be. You can determine the direction you are going in life by assessing the individuals closest to you. My journal also includes more reflection questions and activities, and specific tools to develop a personal mission statement. There is also a section where readers can write down and track progress on all of their goals that will lead them to Dream Living. This is …

Dream Living Journal – Part Two

Here is the next sneak peek into what readers can expect from My Dream Living Journal. Be sure to check out Part One  at https://dreamlivingcoach.wordpress.com if you haven’t already. The second thing I firmly believe in is that you must identify and carry out specific goals and a firm action plan to live the life of your dreams. I personally live by writing down my goals, action plan and carry it out to get to where I want to be in life. After clearly identifying and describing your dream life, I compel readers to identify specific goals that when carried out will move them toward the life of their dreams. There are also some reflection questions that help readers gain more clarity about how they will carry out their action plan and move toward Dream Living. Some of the questions include: What assistance do you need from others to get to your dream life? What do you need to learn? What skills do you need to develop? What will the accomplishment of your goals and dreams …