Don't Just Level Up, Leverage Up in the Fourth Quarter - Black Enterprise

Don’t Just Level Up, Leverage Up in the Fourth Quarter

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We are officially in the last quarter of the year and everyone is talking about it. I’m not sure how the last nine months have been for you, but, if you are awaiting 2020 with great expectations then it is time to go hard. Leveling up was a huge deal this year, and now it is time to leverage up. Whether you are an entrepreneur, intrapreneur, or climbing the corporate ladder—now is the time to use all of the grit and ambition that have gotten you through the year thus far to help catapult you to where you want to be personally and professionally.

Here are seven ways to leverage up in the 4th quarter:

1. Create an action plan

There are less than three months remaining before we enter 2020. Yes, you read that correctly. So it’s time to create a winning game plan. That plan could include you hiring a career coach, formulating ideas for a side hustle, intentionally attending professional conferences specific to your interests, or launching your own business.


2. Take inventory.

Believe it or not, nine times out of 10 you already have everything that you need. Whether it’s something that you possess tangibly or intangibly, you need to use what you have or look within for what you’ve been searching for.


3. Communicate clearly.

Being clear about who you are and what it is that you desire can get you far. We’ve all heard that a closed mouth doesn’t get fed…beyond that, it is important to effectively communicate with others.


4. Have something to offer. 

Have you checked your inbox lately? If so, you’ve probably noticed that a number of people are making their rounds based on their goals. While there is nothing wrong with that—it is important to remember to counter your ask by having something to offer. People love when they are offered help without having to ask.


5. Make authentic connections with others.

Networking is not a numbers game. Being connected with hundreds of people who can’t do anything in partnership with you is a waste of your time and energy. While not everyone has time for coffee or lunch, find creative ways to connect with people on and offline.


6. Incorporate a self-care routine.

The only way that you can go hard in the fourth quarter is if you are mentally, spiritually, and physically fit. In other words, get in alignment.


7. Let go.

You can’t defy gravity by taking everything with you. There might be some things (people places, too) that you have held onto for too long and you can’t fully receive what it is that you say that you want or your heart desires. Not everyone and everything can go with you.


If you weren’t ready before, we sure hope that you are getting ready to strategize to win! Remember, it’s not about how you started the year, it’s about how you finish. Leverage what you have and go for what you want!

It’s time.