Have I told you yet how excited I am about this coming year?
We have lots of new plans and excitement to look forward to in 2016. I hope you do as well.
Since the year is about to come to a close, I’ve decided (as usual) to take a look back at the lessons this year has given me.
1. Happiness IS really a choice.
Everyday we wake up, and we get to choose how we’re going to face to the day. I know many others have made this statement before me, but I finally believe it with all my heart. This year has been full of ups and downs and laughter and tears. But most days I Choose Happiness, and I surround myself with people who choose happiness too. And that feels good to me.
2. Office furniture can really change the way you communicate with others.
We gave away all our furniture this year and went 100 percent open concept/bench seating (go Moe and Mary Susan!) We love it. Love it. We got rid of a lot of extra clutter, and we feel a bit lighter and brighter. It was an extreme makeover and worth every penny.
3. You don’t have to be at your desk to get work done.
I’ve been a business owner for almost all of my life, and I never gave myself permission to “work offsite.” This year I did. I probably haven’t done it more than five days total so far, but each time I’m absolutely amazed at how much I get done. I happen to love the people I work with, so I love coming in to our offices, but sometimes working at home is just better. For one reason, there’s no one to talk to so you stay focused. (Something I struggle with…) So I am believer! You should try it.
4. Nobody wants a job.
I ranted about this recently and some folks disagreed with me. But I believe this truth with all my heart. We all work better when we work with purpose. If you don’t know your purpose, find it!
5. The world is full of smart, honest, kind, funny, helpful and all around amazing people.
I’ve met so many of them this year, and I can’t wait to see who else is about to cross my path. I know that statement might make you think I am taking too much Prozac or something, but it’s true. There have been times this year when I’ve pinched myself at how the right person always shows up at just the right time.
6. Set your intentions wisely.
I’m not one of those people that craves public speaking or being the center of attention, but I love helping others, so every time I speak in public my Intention is to help just ONE person in some small but meaningful way. Takes some of the pressure off in a way. Well, every single time I speak, at least one person connects with me in some powerful and unusual way. It absolutely amazes me. We also set our intentions to form five new client partnerships each year (and grow our current partnerships). And so we do. It’s so much fun to see it unfold over the course of the year. I like the word “intention” so much better than “setting goals”, because an intention feels more personal. Don’t you think?
7. Stay present. Be where you are.
I Learned this from Congressman and author Tim Ryan (Ohio), when I co-presented with him at Wisdom 2.0 last year. He’s a popular guy, and the room was wall to wall, standing room only. After he was introduced, he quietly asked everyone to enter the room by closing their eyes and breathing for a few minutes. It was amazing the transformation that took place in all of us. I will remember that forever. This year I really put this idea of staying present into practice. Before every meeting I attend, I take a moment to breathe and let myself enter the room. I owe it to myself and others who have agreed to meet with me to be totally and 100 percent present. And here’s the deal. It’s like a muscle, the more you practice this, the better you get at it.
So. What have you learned this year?
Come on. I’d love to hear from you!
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