December 26th, 2011 8:12 AM by Lehel S.
A Time for Peace, Review, and Renewal
This is the time when almost everyone celebrates. Many of us celebrate Hanukah or Christmas, and almost everyone celebrates the New Year--at least for business purposes.
Whatever tradition you follow, this is a time for reflection, renewal, affirmation and joy.
The combination of our celebrations and the start of a New Year make this a natural time to review and to start again.
After all, even the sun is coming back! (My apologies to our subscribers in the Southern Hemisphere--your time will come in June, and until then please bear with our celebration of longer days!)
Through the year, we work hard. We are busy and we have so much "stuff" to do that it is easy to lose our way or forget our values in the rush to pay bills and get through the day.
We need the holidays to make us slow down, decorate our homes, spend time with loved ones, and remember our roots.
We need time to renew and to re-align with our values.
Sometimes, we get down on ourselves for getting caught up in life and we use terms like "failure" because we are so busy with life that we fall short of our goals. That sort of self-judgment is not only a waste of time, it can be a way to avoid starting again and moving in the direction you truly desire.
I'm no sailor or pilot, but I love the reality that ships and planes are off-course almost the entire time they are traveling to their destination. Wind and currents and thousands of "little things" constantly toss and bounce them off-course.
Isn't that how life is? We have values and desires, and we know our ultimate goals, but much of the time we are tossed by the winds and currents of life. We're swamped with a project at work, or an illness at home. We get caught up in a hobby or forget to say "I love you" as much as we should. That's not good, of course, but I think it is real life. We are simply ships and planes, doing the best we can and being tossed around a bit.
The difference is that sailors and pilots are never surprised or discouraged or "lost" because a gust of wind knocks them off-course. They simply adjust and keep right on going until (this is important) almost EVERY ship and plane does find the right harbor or land at the right airport.
We should learn from that.
This holiday season, take time to review and affirm your course in life. Take time to shop and do all the "stuff" you have to do--that part is important--but in the midst of the hoopla, sit down with a pen and paper to review and remember your roots, your loved ones and your values.
Take a moment to review and re-affirm your goals and chart a new course. If you've wandered a bit off-course, so what? If you've been tossed and blown away from your major goals, note that fact, plot a new course and get back to work. A New Year is about to begin, and the sun is coming back!
Resources and Tools for YOUR Success!
Rather than the endorsements I normally run in this section,
I thought I would respond to the many requests I've had to
list some of the books I've found most helpful over the years.
In my opinion, few things can compare to the power of great
books. Here are a few that have been particularly helpful
to me and my clients:
1. Think and Grow Rich, by Napoleon Hill
This is an amazing book! It's almost 80 years old. It's
sexist (only men work!) and of course, it's hopelessly
outdated. And, it's one of the best, most influential, most
powerful books ever written. Get it. Read it.
2. The Richest Man in Babylon, by George S. Clason
This book is even older, and written in an old style. It's a
tiny book (about 100 pages) written as a fable. If you
desire to achieve wealth, study this book and learn its
3. The Wealthy Barber, by David Chilton
Another book on creating wealth. It's practical, do-able,
and powerful. It won't tell you how to get rich quick, but
it will give you a map to change your retirement.
4. How to Win Friends and Influence People, by Dale Carnegie
There is no success without the cooperation and support of
other people. We all need customers, partners, friends and
colleagues. No book has stood the test of time like this
5. Best NEW Biz Book:
Great by Choice, by Jim Collins & Morten Hansen
Collins has a series of books on how and why some companies
become great, while others struggle. This one focuses on the
things we can control to stand out, build bigger and go
further. An essential!
6. Classic Audio Program:
How to Stay Motivated, by Zig Ziglar
I've bought dozens of audio programs over the years (listening
in the car is one of the best ideas ever!) and it may not be
fair to pick only one, but I do re-listen to this one more
than most. It's old (1995?) and it's gotten better each time