We pulled one of our classic blogs from 2012 and updated it with new links and some minor tweaks. Still as pertinent today as it was 5 years ago. We hope you enjoy it!”
It’s the middle of December and the holiday season is in full swing.
This “most wonderful time of the year” can bring a lot of excitement, as well as, extra pressure – especially within the business community, where some haven’t yet made their “numbers” for the year.
If you didn’t hit your quota by Thanksgiving, the best you can usually hope for is a strong start in the New Year. Not much happens until then, unless of course, you’re in retail.
Instead of trying to meet a quota that may be impossible, consider using this holiday season for decompression and reflection. Take an opportunity to step away from the day-to-day grind and get a fresh perspective on your life and your business.
This can be an ideal time for year-end planning – not just because it is, in fact, the end of the year, but because the rest of the world is slowing down, giving you permission to slow down as well.
In the classic business books E-Myth and E-Myth Revisited, Michael Gerber encourages entrepreneurs to work “on” their businesses, not just “in” them. Though some of his conclusions have spurred healthy debate, I believe the concept is solid.
Despite the ideal, most of us work “in” our businesses a lot, addressing the issues and crises of the moment. And we could all incorporate more time to work “on” them. This quiet, holiday lull is the perfect opportunity to do just that.
Year-end planning can be invigorating and refreshing. Try turning off your computer (when is the last time it rested for more than 12 hours?), unplugging your phone (figuratively) and taking the time to reflect on your goals, dreams and vision for 2018.
It’s always exciting to visualize what’s possible, and this may just be the perfect time of year to do it.
Dream on … and enjoy the rest of your holiday season!
In the EOS model, when you step away from your business to gain insight and reflect it’s called a clarity break. Learn more about Clarity Breaks.
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