The holidays can be a crazy, unapologetically stressful time, especially if you are a consumer-facing business. The pressure to ride the holiday marketing wave, fulfill orders or client requests, and double-down on social media can be all too consuming. On top of that, the holidays are a time to anticipate a new year and new beginnings, to commit to a whole new set of resolutions and goals. What did I not accomplish this year? What financial goals did I miss? What project did I not get to do this year? A year ago I, too, fell into the trap of critical self-assessment and felt overwhelmed.
Tip #1: Call a Time-Out
No matter how crazy the holidays become for you, call a time-out from your business. This means shutting down your computer, stepping away from social media, and putting aside your emails for later. No compromising. I recommend at least three days if you can. I stepped away from my business for a week. What did this do for me? It helped clear my head, reset myself, and shift my perspective on things that weighed me down. I also gained the focus that I needed for Tip #2.
Tip #2: Celebrate Your Successes
Not only should you set your goals for the New Year, but also celebrate your successes from the past year. We so often focus on what we failed to do, rather than what we did do. When I intentionally took some time to reflect on all that I had accomplished and what I truly enjoyed doing, I surprised myself! I had forgotten about what my team had done 10 or 11 months ago, but all those little wins were critical to the journey that brought us here. Take an inventory of all your successes and all that you loved doing, because no matter how big or small, they are worth celebrating.
Tip #3: Do More of Them
Take your successes and what you truly enjoyed doing, and do more of them next year! Revisit your vision, set some stretch goals, and sprinkle in opportunities for personal growth, and you have the foundation for your New Year planning. When you’re not planning from scratch, rather building upon what you learned from past experiences, you will feel confident about having a purpose-driven plan that is attainable. Come next year, you’ll want to celebrate more successes!
Also posted in Belong Magazine