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By John Reitman

Webinar can help keep New Year's career resolutions


Anthony Williams, CGCS, (right) signs copies of his book at a recent Golf Industry Show.

Find a new job, or at least be happier in the one you currently have.

It is a common New Year's resolution. It also is one that usually is long forgotten by Valentine's Day.

In a recent TurfNet University Webinar entitled Jump start your career in 2020, Anthony Williams, CGCS at TPC Four Seasons Club Dallas at Las Colinas in Irving, Texas, shares how to keep your promise to yourself.

In this webinar, which Williams has been presenting each year since 2014, Williams addresses questions to ask yourself to determine if the time is right for a career change, or if you just want to join that group of high achievers he calls The 2 percent Club. It is one of many TurfNet University webinars presented by Brandt/Grigg and BASF that are free for everyone in our recorded archives section.

To accomplish this, he says it is necessary to take stock in your career as it is currently and list your goals of where you want to be. There is something permanent and definite that occurs in the brain when someone actually writes something on paper, rather than enter data into a phone or computer, so the actually writing by hand is an important step. 

Williams has multiple sets of goals defined by the acronyms S.M.A.R.T. and G.R.E.E.N.

S.M.A.R.T. goals must be specific, measurable, attainable, resourced and timed (deadline).

G.R.E.E.N. goals, which are more specific to the turf industry, must be generational, relevant, easy to start, environomic and networkable - a field Williams knows a lot about.

For any long-term project like this, he said, it is critical to track your progress daily. One of many ways of doing that is by making 3x5 goal cards and reading through them regularly and noting your progress on attaining them.

We don't want to give away all the secrets here, but there is no question that Williams' approach takes time and commitment and, but both are necessary to effect change, he says: "If you wish to achieve something you have never achieved, you will have to do things you have never done and see things in a completely new way to connect to a new network or you will default to the old normal 100% of the time."

Click here to watch it.

Click here to see the rest of our archived webinars.

Edited by John Reitman

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