We do not have choices about our genes, the size of shoes we wear,  but we definitely have choices that affect our opportunities and other people’s lives.

We just started a new year – Happy New Year!

What choices will you make this year that will make your life better than last year?

What areas of your life need improvement?

And, how are you going to do that? Do you have a plan?

Without an effective planning process in place, it is impossible to live a great life and make the impact you want.

I have a great life and it’s getting better each year-  It’s been a lot of hard work, taking chances, making choices and a lot of PLANNING.  Yes, I am a planner.  I live my life with intention. I do not leave it to chance. Instead, I take control of my life because if not, someone else will.

So, do you want a great (better) 2017?

These tips should take you in the right direction:

  1. Plan your day, month, year and be flexible to adjust as you move on. Be decisive and agree once and for all that planning is imperative to your success
  1. Find out what is important to you and plan around it. Too much time at the office will create an imbalance at home and vice versa.
  1. Start the day focusing on the MIT – most important things and ROI- return on investment.    Embrace and practice successful habits that will keep you focused and energized.  Ask the question – what is the MIT and ROI of the day?  You want value for your time so, you need to know how and where you spend it.
  1. Be kind to yourself. Celebrate small achievements.  Learn from mistakes. Adjust your plan and keep on moving forward.


Let’s have a GREAT 2017!

Val Margarit

Author: Val Margarit

Val Margarit grew up in Romania and moved to the United States, on her own, in 1996. Despite coming from a humble background, she attained a Doctor of Education Leadership from Nova Southeastern University and a Masters in Sociology from the University of Central Florida. She lives in Deerfield Beach, Florida.

Val Margarit is a women’s empowerment advocate, an award-winning educator, entrepreneur, author, and speaker. A committed advocate for global education and women’s empowerment, Dr. Margarit gives back to world communities as a teacher, volunteer, and benefactor. She serves on The Professional Women’s Network International Advisory Board, inspires millions of students as she teaches various university classes on sociology, education leadership, and teacher preparation and serves as a dissertation and capstone adviser.
Val facilitates workshops and personal coaching on personal leadership, motivation, and success, and speaks on topics from education equality to self-development, women empowerment, and gender equality.

Val is passionate about and believes in living a holistic lifestyle caring for the mind, body, and soul. She enjoys running and completed the New York City marathon. She is also interested in other cultures and travels widely, visiting some 35 countries so far.

In the future, Val hopes that women and girls around the world will have access to education and opportunities to reach their full potential, something her mother did not have. She believes in living life by design, with purpose, integrity, and meaning. She works hard to ensure women and men achieve equal rights, but recognizing that it is something that must be worked for, she keeps a quote from Estee Lauder firmly in her head – “I didn’t get there by wishing for it or hoping for it, but by working for it.”

Her new book, WHY NOT YOU? How To Become an Empowered Woman is available on Amazon.

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