“The quality of a person’s life is in direct proportion to their commitment to excellence, regardless of their chosen field of endeavour” – Vince Lombardi

Where you are in 5 years’ time is a reflection of what you’re doing today. It’s a scary thought, but if you’re making poor lifestyle choices personally and or professionally, don’t be surprised if you’re still doing that later in life.

The International Authority for Professional Coaching & Mentoring (IAPC&M) is the leading accreditation body for professional coaches and mentors. With that in mind, their Sales & Marketing director, Dawn Ann Campbell, shares five things to can do today to ensure you excel in the future.

1. Dress for success – dress for the job you want to have one day, a job you aspire to and people in that field will start to take you more seriously. Dressing for success will also get you in the right mindset for achieving what you want.

2. Mirror excellence – we all have role models in our personal and professional lives, whether you aspire to be like them or like the things that they’ve done, role models are there to inspire us – if they can do it, then why can too! Look at what they are doing to ensure they achieve their goals and try to mirror it in your own life.

3. Network like an Olympian – treat everyone that you come into contact with as a potential friendly business contact. Try to make yourself memorable because these days, 75% of jobs are filled by people we already know. Even someone who isn’t necessarily relevant to you may have a useful connection for you – being a social butterfly will always pay off for you – and always remember to repay the favour!

4. Network with the right people – as the saying goes, it’s not what you know, it’s who you know. Networking is very important but not all networking can lead to the same results, it’s important to network with the right sort of people, so surround yourself with influential people rather than the gossipers and procrastinators.

5. Read as much as you can – make time to include at least one newspaper in your daily routine, making sure it’s not a trashy publication. You don’t have to know every single thing that is going on in the world, but you do need to be aware of what’s going on – especially in your industry. Knowing the current events could give you the upper hand in the office and make you stand out from the average employee.

You can find out more about Dawn and other excellent coaches here https://coach-accreditation.services/directories/find-an-accredited-coach-or-mentor/