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The road to change: Eight steps to making a smooth transition

Both The Bahamas and the United States have experienced a significant historical change in the past week. In the United States, we witnessed the stunning change of power in the highest position in the land. In The Bahamas, we proudly witnessed the transition from college to university after more than 10 years of preparation.

With less than eight weeks left in 2016, are you prepared for the transition you will make in your own career, business or life? While most are getting ready for holiday mode, many forward thinking people are focused on how to start things off right in January.

Ideally, before you jump ahead to 2017, it’s a good idea to dream, design and decide how to make the most of the current year so that you are well positioned to start on the right foot.

What can you do now to close the year strong and plan ahead? How can you be ready to standout and set yourself up for success next year? I share eight steps with you:


1. Identify your wins and successes

How will you remember this year? Take as much time as possible to list of all the accomplishments, areas of progress, results or positive events that took place during the past calendar year. Include all areas of your life, business, career, personal. as much wins you’ve had this year. Aim for at least 50. This may be hard starting off but keep going even if you think you are feel stuck. We sometimes do not give ourselves credit for our wins and you may be surprised that you have accomplished a lot more than you ever give yourself credit for.

When complete, recognize how fortunate you truly are. Do not minimize the many of the good things that happened in your life regardless of the difficulties that you may have also experienced.


2. Set your 365 vision and action plan

Consider this, when you saw the calendar change to November, did you get a feeling of dread because you haven’t accomplished most of the goals you set out to achieve in 2016? Or, are you like many who rarely set any goals at all? As the saying goes, “You’ll never get there if you don’t know where you’re going.” You definitely “can’t get there” until you decide where you want to end up. Ask yourself, “What do I want to be, do, have, accomplish by December 2017?” What would you be happy that you accomplished one year from now? Clarify this vision now and work backward to develop your 30-day, seven-day and 24-hour plan of action so you won’t be in this position next year at this time.


3. Improve your productivity

How can you get more done more efficiently? How can you become more of a master time manager moving forward? If you’re not already asking yourself this question, now is the time to start.

If you can accomplish more in less time, you’ll free up hours for projects or goals you don’t think you have time for. Some key time wasters include: excessive email checking, not prioritizing projects and spending a lot of time on social media. Start tracking your time on these activities and you may be surprised by how many hours you can recover from your day. Learn more about my new Master Time Manager program starting early January.


4. Learn a new skill

The quote “learn or die” rings true for me. In the new year decide to add one new skill to your personal and professional portfolio. In a competitive global environment, one way to get ahead is to put in extra effort in skill-building to make yourself more marketable as a valued employee.


5. Identify a coach, mentor or mastermind

If you have new goals for 2017, it is highly recommended to find a coach, mentor or mastermind to support you as you work to accomplish them. The best are willing to invest their time and energy in you, add value from their experiences and can expect to learn something in return. Consider actively seeking someone to serve these roles.


6. Expand your relationships

Is there someone you would love to get to know better, but you’ve never made the effort? Maybe it’s a role model, or a someone in your professional organization. What can you do to get to know the person better? Early in the new year, invite him or her to join you for coffee or lunch, or attend a networking event together. Make a list of people you would like to work with in 2017. Never forget that personal and professional growth, achievement success always comes through people and the right associations. Who will you add to your network in 2017?


7. Establish your standout brand

There’s no time like the present to ramp up your personal and professional brand. If you’ve been hesitating to get a LinkedIn profile, or you never bothered to take a professional photo to use online, now is the time. Employers and potential clients are turning to social media to source candidates and to learn more about you. What will they find?


8. Create your 2017 dream board

Now that you have gotten clear about your wins, your vision and your skill building and brand-boosting plan, it’s time to put it all in a place and format that inspire and remind you often. My favorite way is an annual dream board. Find words and pictures to represent exactly what you want in 2017. If you’d like a fun and engaging way to do this, attend one of my 2017 dream board parties next month. You can email me or visit for more detailed information this valuable process.

If you want to talk about your vision for 2017 and how I can help, book a free strategy session to with me at If you would like to start the year off right, you would love my first event of the year called “Your Money, Your Business, Your Life” featuring Sharon Lechter, co-author of “Rich Dad, Poor Dad”, scheduled for Saturday, January 28.


• Keshelle Davis is the leading authority on corporate, business and personal success training in The Bahamas. She is a master trainer, entrepreneur and internationally recognized speaker and author. Listed in The Nassau Guardian’s “Top 40 under 40” for the 40th anniversary celebrations of The Bahamas’ Independence (2013), and “40 under 40” by the Professional Services Bahamas (2016), CEO of The Training Authority, a skill-development and success training company, and is the former executive director of the Chamber Institute – the education arm of the Bahamas Chamber of Commerce and Employers’ Confederation (BCCEC). She has impacted thousands through her mission is to educate, empower and inspire. Contact Keshelle at

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