The holidays are an important time of the year for me. After almost 12 months of hard work, it’s important for me to wind down and relax and give thanks to the people that touch my life – family, friends, colleagues, and clients – and to prepare the upcoming year; I’ve realized after 63 of these that the new year arrives whether you are prepared or not.
During this time each year I always take time to reflect on what’s happened during the previous year, both the good and the bad, and on the areas of focus for the upcoming year. I know that many of you do the same.
As we wrap up 2014, I wanted to share a few of the principles that many of you have heard me say before, but because they are principles and not just ideas, they are timeless and foundational. Here are a few of them to end the year and carry into 2015 to make it the best year ever!
- Make sure to say thank you to the people who are important to you – celebrate with them, encourage them and even sacrifice for them – it matters.
- If you’re considering a career change, think about what gives you energy, what gives you meaning, and what you’re good at. Then eliminate everything that doesn’t fit.
- Define your Core Values – everyone has them, at least 4 usually – they drive everything you do. Be aware of the foundational values in your life, even if you don’t know what they are. Others are aware by watching you.
- If you’re not happy with the results you’re getting, take an objective look at yourself and the things you’re doing. Are they aligned with your Core Values? If not, you need to change what you are doing.
- If you don’t have a personal purpose, take these next few weeks to search your soul and find one. Your life will have more meaning if you live it with Purpose. Purpose is not a goal, it’s not a mission although those are important – a Purpose is always bigger than making money or achieving a goal. Purpose is a higher calling. Ask yourself the question, “What can I do to make the world and those around me better, and how can I contribute something to leave behind?” When you truly answer these questions, everything changes.
- If you’re leading a mid-market company without a defined short term (10 years or less) Mission or Goal that your people believe in and support, resolve to define yours by the end of Q1 in 2015. Your company will perform better because of it.
Have a Merry Christmas and a wonderful extended holiday season!