I have noticed that many people, me included, have been saying that they cannot believe the year is almost over. Where the heck did it go?
Christmas Time – for those who celebrate it
If you celebrate Christmas, this time of year is meant to be one of joy and giving. But for many people it brings stress and sadness.
I do not mean this to be a melancholy post so bear with me.
There are people who have lost a loved one during the year. I for one lost my Dad and I know some of you have also lost loved ones and friends. This means a “first Christmas” without that person in our lives. While it can bring waves of sadness I am trying to focus on the happy memories. If you are one of these people who has lost someone I hope you can remember the good times and smile with fond memories.
There are sadly many people in financially difficult situations right now. Christmas can add an additional financial burden to these people. It can be very stressful.
For many other people this is a joyful time. A time of family, friends and celebration.
Reflecting on 2013
From a business perspective I like to reflect on the year and assess the achievements and also work out the things I can do better next year.
Here are some questions we have used over the years with various businesses.
- What is working ?
- What is not working? -
- If something is not working – do I change it or drop it?
- What can I do to achieve more in less time?
- What do I need to put more time into?
- What did I learn? – this is a very good question to ask yourself
You can come up with your own list.
Did you reach your goals?
If you set goals for 2013 did you reach them? You may have had business and personal goals if you are like me.
If you did not achieve some of the things you set out to do please do not beat yourself up. I used to have a bad habit of doing that. It achieves nothing.
It is healthier to look at why you did not achieve a particular goal.
- Is it something you really want?
- If it is was it too much of a reach?
- Or did you not go after it?
You can either reset the goal for 2014, adjust it or drop it once you have had a good look and honest conversation with yourself.
A word of thanks
There are many people in my life I am grateful for in 2013.
Right now I would like to say thank you to my Mastermind Group who supported me when my Dad died. Well more than Dad dying as it had been ongoing with both my parents ill for some time.
These are the wonderful women Adrienne Smith, Donna Merrill, Sylviane Nuccio, Barbara Charles and Raena Lynn. You are amazing friends. While I have not physically met you as yet I feel like I have known you for much longer than the time we have known each other.
Sylviane I especially am grateful for you being my guest blogger when you were so very busy yourself.
To everyone who has visited my blog and left a comment in 2013…. I am grateful for you.
We are planning to take some time out after this week.
I wish everyone a happy holiday season and let’s make 2014 a great one.
Please leave me your comments below. Was 2013 a good year for you? Do you reflect on the year as it closes?
Make it a great day.