The holidays are a fantastic time to reflect. Here are four things to consider when in retrospect about 2017.
1. Reflect on how you have spent your time and consider if you could have done better. Everyone knows that the beginning of the year is a great time to set goals, but what about understanding how to prioritize? Making sure you know how to manage your time like you might manage your money is a mindset, and it is something that your team will emulate. Make sure you invest in your business and spend wisely! Don’t “waste” your spending on busy-ness, budget your allotted time on income producing activities.
2. Find your path to positivity.
Living a positive life will lead you to one of gratitude and passion! Positivity also leads to overall wellness because your Physical wellbeing is the result of your Mental, Emotional and Spiritual wellbeing. The benefits that you will reap are endless.
Some of the results you can expect to experience are that you will become more creative and see opportunities. It’ll change the way you perceive new ideas. It will allow you greater energy and focus. Most importantly, it will drive you to take action.
3. Adopt the behavior to “Seek first to understand, and then to be understood.” Dr. Stephen R. Covey.
We live in a society where we communicate constantly. Just because we communicate constantly, doesn’t mean we communicate well. We have adopted the behavior of deleting conversations we don’t like and we don’t speak authentically as we edit most of our communication before it is sent. We have lost skills around communicating authentically and genuinely. The holidays are a time to reconnect. Building strong relationships is founded on our ability to communicate well. If we have a desire to communicate well, it is important to understand who we are talking to. The key is to make sure our message takes this into consideration as it allows us to remove specific obstacles on how we may be perceived. It is imperative to learn how to listen. When we are communicating we are generally already preparing our response before the other person has finished speaking. Our focus isn’t about hearing, but instead, is all about what we are going to say.
If you want to change your mindset on communication you must assess how you communicate today. Some questions you may want to ask yourself are: Am I focused on the speaker? Do I exhibit appropriate and positive body language? Am I responding by providing feedback and appropriate questions? Do I interrupt?
4. Consider your values and the attributes you portray.
We may have heard before that we are the sum of the five people we spend most of our time with. Who have you become? What kind of influence are you? What you emulate is what will attract others to your inner circle. Desirable traits include being adaptable, collaborative and committed. Being competent, reliable and disciplined will affect your ability to keep strong allies and friendships. If you have the ability to empower others instead of portraying a negative attitude, if you are intentional about how you spend your time, and if you live with passion and enthusiasm, strong and healthy relationships will not allude you.
As you prepare to put away the old and bring in the new, consider with intention how you want to do that!