Strategic Planning

Get Your Priorities Straight!

How on earth are you supposed to know the right path when you have no idea where you want to go or what you want to do?

Setting goals that are important to you is the first step to getting your priorities straight. Once you know what you really want to achieve, it is really easy to prioritize everything in your life and the only thing you ever need to ask yourself before considering doing anything is: “How is this helping me achieve my goals?”

If you say “YES” to everything, you don’t have any priorities. You get distracted and will never achieve any of your life goals. If you say “YES” to the wrong things, you go against your life priorities.

Saying “NO” over and over again to everything that is distracting you from your life aligned priorities is the only way to empower yourself and entitle you to live the life of your dreams, to live your preferred future.

Obvious instant-gratification activities like sitting in front of the TV set, partying for the sake of partying, unrelated goals meetings, calls, articles or online courses that will never help you achieve your goals are to be barred from your agenda or “To Do” list.

Starting your day checking your emails or chatting at the coffee machine will make it hard for you to gather the focus and motivation you need to tackle your most important tasks and projects at hand later in the day.

It does not matter WHEN you wake up. What matters is what you do when you wake up, what you do with the first two to three hours of your day. Putting in the work towards your goals will help you win the day early.

Postponing your most important tasks until later in the day will dramatically increase the likelihood of not getting them done at all.


J. Michael Dennis is a former Corporate and Business Law Attorney, a Crisis & Reputation Management Expert, a Public Affairs & Corporate Communications Specialist, a Warrior for Common Sense & Free Speech helping you achieve greatness.

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“Invest in people like they will stay forever. Build systems like they will leave tomorrow”

Someone on your team announces at the staff meeting that he or she is leaving for a new job; someone on your team is stealing from you and you have to let that person go; someone on your team suddenly dies. You are suddenly facing a health issue; you are suddenly involved in a serious accident and incapacitated for a long period of time. You simply decide to retire. You simply decide to sell your business.

When people suddenly leave, die or simply have to go, no one remembers what that person was doing or how that person was doing it. No one remembers how the company did, how the company use to deal with such and such a situation, what is the most appropriate action to deal with such and such a situation and where to find the critical information that is urgently required.

In today’s work environment, employee’s turnover is becoming more and more frequent. It is not uncommon for workers to put in only a few years before moving on. It is not uncommon for an aging business owner to decide to retire or sell is business to spend more quality time with his family and friends or even to pursue other goals. These trends, far from disappearing will only intensify in the future. Add in a revolving door of contractors and freelancers, and the whole thing may soon start get pretty messy.

In today’s economy, people are the company, people are the business. More than often, the business owners are the business. They bring in the innovations and ideas, they build the products and services, they craft the branding and marketing campaigns. When they leave, for whatever reason, it is as if they are taking a slice of the business with them. Between documents spread out on their desks, the shared drives and all these files buried in their personal desktops, all these files that may get wiped out when employees leave, the past work and information you need to access is scattered to all digital winds.

Having the right systems and right tools in place will help you bridge the gap and transitioning when employees, teammates or business partners suddenly leave for new opportunities. Having the right systems and right tools in place will help you bridge the gap and transitioning when you will decide to retire or sell your business. Having the right systems and right tools in place will help you maximizing your assets.

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Owner of, , JMD Systemics and King Global Earth and Environmental Sciences Corporation, J. Michael Dennis is a former attorney, a Crisis & Reputation Management Expert, a Public Affairs & Corporate Communications Specialist, a Warrior for Common Sense & Free Speech, the ultimate fixer helping you achieve greatness. JMD is also a Columnist and the editor of  The Futurist Daily News , a Social and Political Blog.
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“All reinvention requires change. But not all changes are a reinvention”

Most people want to be better. They want to live better lives, be happier, and have better relationships. But most people are horrible at execution and not everyone get the opportunity to reinvent themselves.

If you are in your thirties and you did not already met success, chances are, if you don’t decide to reinvent yourself now, that you will never be successful at anything.

The difference between change and reinvention

All reinvention requires change. But not all changes are a reinvention.

You lose your job; your spouse dies; you suffer a critical injury; you make a drastic personal or professional mistake; your girlfriend dumps you; your boyfriend or spouse is cheating on you, these are examples of situations that call for “Reactive Reinvention”.

Reactive reinvention occurs when an external event occurs and forces you to change in order to move forward. The event being irreversible, you cannot go backward.

You want a new job; you want to start a business; you want to live healthier; you want to run a marathon; you want to learn a new skill; you want to start a new relationship; you want to do something that you have never done before; you want to do something that no one has ever done before, this is the land of visionaries, romantics and entrepreneurs, who believe that there is a better way to live. This is the land of “Proactive Reinvention

Proactive reinvention is the land of visionaries, romantics and entrepreneurs where you intentionally change your way of life in order to capitalize on a trend or an opportunity.

There is also the land of failure; the land of “Reflective Reinvention”. Reflective reinvention occurs when you fail at something, but you still have a strong desire to continue in that particular endeavour.

You fail at launching a new business or finishing first in this athletic competition, but you still have this strong desire to win, to be this successful entrepreneur. You fail repeatedly; you fail over and over, but you still have that strong desire to make it.

At this stage, the key to reinvention and transformation at this stage is: to “Change Something About Yourself and the only way to change this something about yourself is to reflect on your situation and then, to make the required necessary changes in yourself that will allow you to win.

What would be your best possible strategy for 2018?

You want to change, you want to reinvent yourself! You need to find out what would be the best possible strategy that will work for you.

If you are in a situation where you need to “Reactively Reinvent Yourself”, you will be facing and having to deal with an enormous amount of negative energy motivation and emotions. You will have to channel all this negative energy into an activity that will motivate you without harming you.

If you are in a situation where you need to “Reflectively Reinvent Yourself”, you will need to look for information, data, answers and insights from outside yourself. You will have to admit that you do not have all the answers and that you may be hampered by your own vision.

In most situations, if you are unhappy about the way you live, the way things are going in your life, if you are struggling through life, instead of blaming everybody else other than yourself for your mishaps and miseries, you will need to either “Change Things About Yourself” or more often, to “Totally Reinvent Yourself”.

All reinvention requires change. But not all changes are a reinvention.

You want to know more about “Change” and “Reinvention”!



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