As we reflect back on our year, it’s not unusual to have mixed emotions. If we think we’ve had a good year, then we may experience emotions of satisfaction, joy and a sense of accomplishment. If we don’t think we’ve had a good year, then we may experience emotions of disappointment, regret or sadness, which can affect our outlook for the New Year.
This is one of the reasons why I believe it is extremely valuable to review our year so that we can build on the things we did well and identify the things we did not do well, so that we can come up with ways to improve in the New Year.
Ways to Connect Better With People During the Holiday Season
If you are dreading meeting people you don’t like or get along with during the holiday season, then this TEDx talk by Kalina Silverman will provide some ideas on how you can connect better with anyone.
Action Step: Apply one of the ideas Kalina suggested next time you find yourself in a situation with people you don’t get along with.
Question: What was your biggest takeaway from the presentation?
5 Tips That Will Make The End of Year Celebrations More Enjoyable
The end of the year is often a good time to wind down, relax and enjoy the rewards of our efforts with the people that matter most.
It can also be a time that generates additional stress because of the pressure to be prepared for the festive season. The expectation to get or give gifts can put a lot of pressure on people financially and emotionally. Expenses made during December usually have to be paid out in full or in part the following month.
Interestingly, people are more likely to have a physical or emotional breakdown during the holiday season than any other time during the year. If we’re not careful, the holiday season can put unnecessary pressure on personal and professional relationships, and also on our health and well-being.
If we don’t have a system to manage the additional workload, the festive season could become a burden rather than being a fun time in our lives. The better prepared we are, the better experience we’ll have during the festivities.
Things to be Aware of as You Reflect on the Year You’ve Had
As we approach the end of another year, it’s quite common for people to stop and reflect on how things are in their lives, and get ready to make some changes.
Having a regular practice of reviewing what we are doing in life is important because:
It will reveal whether we are making progress towards our goals or not.
It allows us the opportunity to course-correct if we are not on track.
It reconnects us to our priorities.
It can help eliminate what’s unnecessary from our lives.
During the process of reflection, if we are not living life the way we want to, we will become aware of things that may be uncomfortable or even painful. These are signs or yellow alerts suggesting we have to make changes in order to get the results we want.
Why You Should Not Be Afraid To Challenge Yourself and Take Risks
It is quite normal that whenever we attempt something new or pursue a big goal, we will experience a certain level of fear.
We can either let our fears stop us from going for what we want, or we can continue moving forward despite feeling afraid. The truth is almost all of our fears are self-created.
In its simplest form, fear is an imagined negative consequence that may or may not occur in the future if we take a particular action. Basically, we scare ourselves by imagining negative outcomes to anything we want to do or experience in life.
Fear can often be disguised as:
Procrastination – not doing what needs to be done.
Avoidance – not willing to face a reality in life due to embarrassment, not wanting to be rejected or not knowing what’s ahead.
Distraction – allowing ourselves to get sidetracked from doing what really matters.
Perfectionism – not wanting to share what we have done for fear of criticism.
When we confront our fears, most times, we will find that they were totally made them up and things didn’t turn out to be as scary as we thought they would.
In the book, Think and Grow Rich, Napoleon Hill suggests that, “Every adversity brings with it the seed of an equivalent advantage.”
If we can start viewing our challenges or fears from a different perspective, then we are bound to learn valuable lessons and grow in the process.
Things to Consider if You Want to Make Big Improvements Personally or Professionally
One thing that is common amongst highly successful people is that they all have coaches, either in their personal or professional life.
Sports professionals have coaches, as do entrepreneurs, executives, working professionals and individuals. There are many types of coaches today and they include:
Health and nutritional coaches.
Leadership or executive coaches.
It is rare for people to achieve remarkable success on their own. The term “self-made” is often a fallacy because no one achieves anything without either learning from someone or getting assistance from others.
Simple Ideas to Create Effective Teams that Won’t Cost Anything
Having well-functioning teams is critical for a business to have an advantage over its competition.
Just think of some of the more recognisable companies or brands in the world — we’ll find that they all have great teams driving their success. It is extremely rare for anyone or any business to achieve notable success without having highly productive and effective teams.
Oftentimes, when considering improving team performance, a lot of focus is given to different types or training, mentoring or coaching programs. While they are extremely valuable and should always be the foundation of any team improvement initiatives, in my experience, when businesses are under pressure to cut costs, one of the first areas that suffers is employee training.
As training is often seen as a cost rather than an investment in people, continually providing training programs may not be seen as the best solution during difficult times. There are other things that can be done to improve team performance that won’t cost anything.
When done well, not only will it result in bottom-line improvements to a business, it will also create a happier, more enjoyable work environment for team members.