Today, while working with a group of teens and mentors, we did an exercise that was mind-blowing and set me on a new path for the upcoming year. I have always been one to continuously look for ways to better myself, my brand, and pursue a path of excellence in regards to my personal and professional lives. I mean, what other way is there to do it...if you plan to do anything, then do it to the best of your ability. First, we were asked to identify common brands like Nike, Tropicana, BMW, etc. just by looking at the company's logo. Next, we were shown three pictures, one of which was Donald Trump, and asked to tell what we thought about those brands. Using the momentum from these activities, we were then asked to fill out a form with the following requirements: 1.) List 6 things that you say about your brand (yourself) 2.) List 6 things other people say about your brand and 3.) List 6 things you want your brand to say 10 years from now. When I tell you, I took this activity so SERIOUS! Like for real. The words I wrote about myself, especially the words that I wrote about myself and my brand ten years from now, are hanging on my vision board for me to look at on a daily basis. Seeing those words in writing made those goals more than real for me. Sometimes, we have to back away from all the distractions around us, take a moment to think, and really develop a plan for our future. Where do you want to be? What do you want to be doing? What steps are you taking to get there? When you look deep within yourself, visualize the place that you want to be in life, and the path you want to take with your future, it is absolutely amazing the things that you can accomplish. Take a moment and make the list above, in order to go in the right direction for the upcoming year. 2016 can be a year of greatness for you if you just take the time to put it all in writing. In the words of Erykah Badu, 'Write it down on real paper with a real pencil, and watch things get real.' Do the work.