Hello my friends,
Welcome to December! This is a special time of year, no doubt, full of celebration, relaxation and reflection. 2012, however, is not over yet! There is still work to be done in many people will make it a great year by finishing strong. In fact, the most successful people I know put as much effort into December as they do in other months. That doesn’t mean they only work hard this month. Rather, they’ll “play hard” as well, spending lots of quality time with family and friends.
This is the time of year for reflecting on lessons learned in making commitments for superior performance in the coming year.so, do you have a plan in place to make 2013 your best year ever? If you’re like most people, the answer is “no” or some halfhearted explanation of what you intend to do next year. By the way, that “halfhearted explanation” might as well be “no, I don’t have a plan.”
Winners finish strong. Just like a football player that holds up four fingers at the beginning of the fourth quarter to signify that he is ready to perform at a high level until the final whistle, I suggest that you consider three components to finishing your year this way.
- Continue working diligently right up to the point where you “turn out the lights” for the year. Make your last week of work into your best week at work. Follow-up with clients, prospects and employees. Don’t leave opportunities on the table because “the holidays are so busy”. It is a busy time of year, but don’t use that as an excuse for poor results.
- Make a very specific plan for 2013. Far deeper than superficial “New Year’s resolutions”, this plan includes your intentions for how you will perform next year in all areas of your life. It also lists the results you plan to achieve. You’ve heard it before, but it bears repeating: failing to plan is planning to fail!
- Enjoy the time that you take away from business. Take an active, not passive, role, in your family’s activities. Vegetating is not the same as relaxing. Do some fun things with your family and friends. Call or visit some elderly family members. Volunteer some time for a charitable organization. Do something you don’t often do, like playing chess, going bowling or ice-skating. You get the point. Spending endless hours in front of the television is not “rest and relaxation.”
Going hard through the finish line in these ways can make the difference between a good year and a great year, and it will set you up for a fantastic 2013. Don’t stop yet, even if you’re tired. Finish strong!
All the best,
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