PERSONAL SUCCESS COLUMN: What is your 2019 path to success?

Where are YOU taking YOUR business and career in 2019?

What an interesting question! Many women instead ask themselves, “Where is my career and company taking ME?”

As a result, you may feel at the mercy of your employer, your business or even the economy. The career that was once exciting may now be boring and unfulfilling, leaving you feeling tired, disillusioned and frustrated.

I say it doesn’t have to be that way. As an executive coach, I have coached and mentored people all around the world to become successful, fulfilled and passionate by implementing the following four strategies:

1. Dream big! Create an exciting intention around your life and career in 2019.

I am not talking about New Year’s resolutions. I suggest instead getting clear and setting an intention about what you really, really want and why you want it. What would you like to do, be and have in 2019 and beyond?

It takes courage to “think outside the box” and dream about what’s important to you and to focus on your values, gifts and passions to live the quality of life you desire.

Take the time to write down your answers to the following questions: “What makes me the happiest in my professional life? What do I want more of and less of? What are my dreams and desires for the income and impact I could create? What am I willing to do to make my dreams come true?”

2. Create plans to accomplish your intentions and goals.

Narrow your big list down to the top three or four things you would like to accomplish in 2019. Focus on the critical few projects that you always wanted to complete but thought you were too busy.


Also, ask for help; it’s important. Hire a business coach, find a mentor, join a mastermind group or ask a trusted colleague for support. Do whatever it takes to find an “accountability partner,” an influential person whom you trust and who shares your vision and will support and hold you accountable for making it happen.

3. Get busy and gain velocity about your goals and plans.

As many as 95 percent of the people who set New Year’s resolutions never follow through because they don’t create the realistic action steps to fulfill their goals. As a result, they lose confidence and give up.

Try a different approach. Break down your goals into the small, reasonable action steps that can make the biggest difference in achieving success.

Ask yourself frequently, “What is the ONE thing that I can do this hour, today and this week to move myself forward?”

Remember that you are going for progress, not perfection. Measure and keep track of your results. Celebrate when you see that you are achieving success and gaining momentum. This process will keep you inspired, motivated and on the right track.

4. Continue learning and growing.

Successful people agree that personal and professional development are critical to remaining competitive and passionate about their work.

Read the latest business books and trade publications; attend workshops and professional events to become the best version of yourself.

It is important to not only work on yourself professionally but also personally. Are you taking the time and making the effort to be the best communicator, listener, leader or CEO? On a related note, are you also focusing on being the best spouse, partner, parent, friend, son/daughter or mentor that you can possibly be?


Making the commitment for change and taking positive actions are the keys to having the business and career you want in 2019 and beyond. Dream big, and most of all enjoy the journey of having more passion and purpose in your work — and life.

Kathleen Caldwell is CEO of Caldwell Consulting Group, an advanced clinical hypnotherapist and the founder of the Influential Women Institute™ of Woodstock, Ill. She can be reached at (815) 206-4014 or influentialwomeninsitute.com.

Copyright 2019. Caldwell Consulting Group, LLC. All rights reserved.

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