Entrepreneurs are unique and successful because they possess the unusual energy to continue pushing for solutions and successes. This tireless drive leads to a packed schedule and a cluttered mind, and generally, those are positive things as we move through the year. I know a company owner who is so pressed for free time that he schedules 20-minute sessions on his iphone calendar (normally before 6:00 AM) just so that he can set his fantasy football line-ups! During this holiday season, though, and especially at Christmas, it becomes time to invert the schedule, so that it is mostly free, with just a few pockets of activity.
In this way, we can all take the time to reflect on 2015. Some of us have had successful years in business and with our families; others have had to endure professional and personal difficulties. Either way, though, we can all take a moment to find peace and appreciation; we can look to people and memories and find comfort; we can look at the community and figure out how to make a difference; and we can all look around the world and pray for security, dignity, and prosperity.
We do not need to wait until something unfortunate occurs in our lives to seek balance and gratitude, especially as we turn our attention to 2016. It is important to keep in mind that Christmas and the New Year are times of awakening. The birth of Jesus should serve as a reminder that a new time of hope is arriving, and we all have the opportunity to begin once again. The trick is being able to allow everything that does not matter to recede, and clearly see the few remaining vital aspects of life.
I was fortunate to have received some profound advice in this area, and feel privileged to pass it along to you here. We all need to teach ourselves how to genuinely unplug and enjoy the holidays. It can be difficult and therefore should become a set of deliberate choices. Try to make certain that you interact with each of your children alone, and with your whole family together. Look forward to moments with your extended family as well, and rather than doing the talking, pose questions so that you can learn as much as you can about what is going on in their lives. Concentrate on listening and laughing and investing in the minutes and hours you have together. Value, uphold, and invent family traditions. And most of all: be grateful.
I have participated in so many conversations over the year that began as business discussions but ended as life talks. As business owners, we all deal with similar constraints and challenges, and we are all looking for answers. At Sumus, we will continue to assist individuals in all aspects of their business lives, and that includes reaching a work and life balance. We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.