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There’s no time like late December to start thinking about reinvention. If there’s a major career goal you’ve been chasing, why not make it your New Year’s resolution to¬†realize those dreams?

In a terrific Black Enterprise post titled “New Year, New You: 6 Ways to Reinvent Yourself in 2016,” Kandia Johnson offers a half-dozen tips for ensuring success. As she writes, it’ll require “time, discipline, and a diverse network of people” to reach the finish line, so the sooner you start developing your action plan, the better your chances for success.

Johnson begins by suggesting you “prioritize” and set aside an hour a day to work toward your mission. You must be “ruthless” about your time, she says, and learn to say “no” to things that run contrary to your goal. It helps to have an “accountability partner,” someone who’s pursing similar goals and available to share progress in the spirit of mutual motivation.

What do you do with all that time? For starters, you should “explore” the world by traveling, learning about your industry, and generally acquiring new skills. You’ll also want to “share” your journey on social media — a key part of building your brand — and “create” content that has the power to “outlive you,” as Johnson writes. By writing a book, recording¬†a podcast, or even posting articles on your own website, you can get your name out there and become the type of respected player people want to work with.

Using social media, you’ll also want to “connect” with people who can help on your journey — either by recommending you for opportunities or offering new perspectives. You want to be “strategic,” Johnson writes, and build relationships by passing along articles and thank-you notes and trying to schedule in-person meet-ups whenever possible. Try to get actual face time with someone at least once a week, she says, and you’ll be well on your way.

On the other hand, it’s also necessary to “disconnect” every now and then. That’s Johnson’s final tip: to periodically unplug, before social media goes from useful tool to flat-out distraction. When you’re away from your screen, you’ll be able to think about what you’ve learned and spend time with your friends and family — the people you really care about.

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