This is the time of the year when many of us try our best to stop and reflect on what really matters… However, the craziness gets in the way, the planning for the Holidays, the buying gifts, the baking cookies and then we end up feeling more stressed than we were before! Sound familiar?
At the end of every year, I analyze what went well in my business, what I could have done better and what I am grateful for. I started this exercise a few years ago and it has been a game-changer for me, if you will. What happens is, I really do look at the things I need to improve, etc., like any good business woman should, but at the end of the exercise I end up feeling much more grateful than when I started. I realize that while we (I) am not perfect and never will be, I will only improve my business by learning and making mistakes of which I am aware; I implement a plan to put that in place and feel better already! When I look at the things I’ve done well, I always think “how can I improve on those things?” and realize a plan to make it happen. Then I get to the part of why I am blessed… I can’t usually stop, because I recognize that at the end of the day, no matter the struggles throughout the year, “it’s not how many times you fall, but how quickly you get back up” (a wise man once said that to me – husband!).
As a child, I grew up very meagerly… my parents were missionaries in another country and there were many times we did not know where the next meal was going to come from. I remember my mother making as glamorous of a meal out of our last can of beans as she could :)… However, it’s faith like this that shapes someone, and molds you as you grow and you truly comprehend that your blessings are not in the things you hold in your house or on your person, but in the life you have been given.
When I finally knew what I wanted to be when I grew up :), I knew I wanted to make a difference in people’s life and call me crazy, but I’m doing it! I believe that the business I (we) are in is extremely important, and usually it’s an individual’s largest financial asset. That’s no game to me and we are blessed to be a part of it and to make a difference in people’s lives.
At this Holiday Season, whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah or any other holiday, we wish you blessings upon blessings from our family to yours!
At your Service,