3 things to do before year endChristmas is around the corner. You’ve got lots on the go right now – and you’re planning to keep going right up until the last minute to get it all done.

In the rush of the festive season, are you missing some of the most important jobs you’ll do this year?

Many of our business owners are running flat out. They’ve got lots of deadlines and jobs to complete. Their customers need looking after too. Then there’s Christmas shopping, perhaps planning a few days away, Christmas functions … the list can seem long.

Whatever else is going on now, stop for a minute.

Take a breath and take some time to carry out three of the most valuable jobs you’ll do this year –

1. Congratulate Yourself

Take a moment to think about what you’ve achieved during 2018. Are there specific goals that you’ve accomplished? Did you achieve important milestones in your business? Are you well on the way to seeing important objectives come to fruition?

There’s nothing wrong with basking in your accomplishments for a while. We usually spend more time thinking about what went wrong rather than what went right. So give yourself a well-deserved pat on the back. But don’t forget to let those people important to you know what you’ve accomplished. Spread the celebration around.

2. Acknowledge Your People

Take time to celebrate the wins with your team. Acknowledge them for the part they played in the achievements of your business. Let them know you couldn’t have done it without them. Your team is a great asset to your business and they deserve recognition and appreciation. Without them, your business couldn’t operate.

3. Set Up Next Year For A Win

If you can’t think of anything to congratulate yourself about this year, it’s time to take stock. What could you do to ensure you’re congratulating yourself in December next year?

Don’t fall into the trap of assuming that because you’re working hard you must be getting ahead. This is rarely the case. If you don’t have specific, defined goals on where you want to be and how to get there, you’re living in a fool’s paradise.

If you’re serious about getting head, start by setting some goals and objectives for 2019. Further into the future is even better.  With a clear direction to head towards, you’ll have a good chance of getting to where you want to be.

Alice is completely and thoroughly lost, not knowing which way to turn, so she asks the Cheshire cat, perched rather precariously on a tree limb, for some help.
“Would you tell me please, which way I ought to go from here?” asks Alice.
“That depends a good deal on where you want to go,” replies the cat.
“I don’t much care where,” says Alice.
“Then it doesn’t much matter which way you go,” came the reply.
“So long as I get somewhere,” Alice adds as an explanation.
“Oh, you’re sure to do that,” grinned the cat.”

 

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