Chef – Hit the ground running in 2015



By Martin Probst, Learning & Development Whiz at Leading Chef Academy


My family and Leading Chef Academy wish you and your loved ones exceptional health and all the very best. A lot of trust in yourself and the courage to do all the things you might have put off in 2014, so you can rise to even higher success and an extraordinary 2015!

When you have to make decisions, focus on how you will feel once you’ve achieved your dreams, rather than how you feel while you make the decision. This very simple yet powerful strategy helps to overcome the fear of the unknown and leads to quicker, smarter and more powerful decisions that will guide you in the right direction.

We also wish you true commitment and the momentum to take the action required for long-term success. Therefore, become very clear on what you are passionate about, your vision, mission and core values in life before you set your New Year’s resolutions – they should never be jeopardized.

To plan for 2015, use S.M.A.R.T. Goals

Specific – A specific goal has a much greater chance of being accomplished than a general goal. To make this clearer, here an example: A general goal would be “Become a good leader.” A specific goal would be to “Become a trusted and respected leader by investing 3 hours per week over the next 6 months in Professional Development and Leadership Coaching.”

Measurable – Establish concrete criteria for measuring progress toward the attainment of each goal you set. To determine if your goal is measurable, ask questions such as: How much? How many? How will I know when it is accomplished?

Attainable – When you identify goals that are most important to you, you begin to figure out ways you can make them come true. You can attain goals you set when you plan your steps wisely and establish a time frame that allows you to carry out those steps. Goals that may have seemed far away and out of reach eventually move closer and become attainable, not because your goals shrink, but because you grow and expand to match them. When you list your goals, you build your self-image. You see yourself as worthy of these goals, and develop the traits and personality that allow you to possess them.

Realistic– To be realistic, a goal must represent something toward which you are both willing and able to achieve. You are the only one who can decide just how high your goal should be. But be sure that every goal represents substantial progress.

Timely – A goal must be grounded within a time frame. With no time frame tied to it, there is no sense of urgency. If you want to become a “Trusted and respected leader”, when do you want to be that person? “Someday” won’t work. But if you anchor it within a timeframe, “by 30th June 2015”, then you’ve set your unconscious mind into motion to begin working on the goal.

We trust this helps you to get a head start in 2015 to make it – THE BEST YEAR YET in your business and personal life.

So take the time needed to reflect on 2014, appreciate your achievements, learn from your mistakes and plan well for an extraordinary 2015!

Should you need more assistance with your goal setting and Professional Development, feel free to inbox me on LinkedIn, send me a message from our website or simply an email to: [email protected]


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By Martin Probst

In a nutshell, Martin Probst is the Managing Director of LEADING CHEF ACADEMY. He is not interested in teaching you how to suck eggs and is convinced that you are a top banana if it comes to your cooking ability. His mission is to add to your existing kitchen experience a blend of innovative LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT, EMPLOYEE MANAGEMENT & ORGANISATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS skills, so you can taste the success you deserve for all the hard work you put into your career over the years. His vision is to connect modern chefs around the globe and take them to the next level with our online education & training solutions.

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