The holiday season is upon us and right now is the time every entrepreneur should be on his or her toes. I remember there was a time in my life when the holiday season was a time for me to relax and just hang out. I wasn’t worried about the money I would spend. It was just a season of hibernation. Hell, I could even say that the holiday season was just like one long-ass weekend that happened to last about two months.
However, once I became serious about my business and went full time as a businessman, the holiday season was like a countdown clock into a new year of business and life opportunities. Below are three quotes I will live by this holiday season in preparation for the New Year and make me a better person!
“If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail” – Benjamin Franklin
Because the holiday season can cause many distractions when time and money can get out of control, you must plan ahead on everything. Have a plan for managing your time and money. Have your calendar completely mapped out for every party, dinner, business meeting, business hours, and family time, etc. Before you go out, know what your budget is. Those skills must carry you through business, so what a better time to start than right now as we enter into the New Year.
“We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” – Winston Churchill
The holiday season is a time of giving, right? So don’t just give back, but give back generously. Now is the season to donate to those in need. Now is the time to send holiday cards to your current and past customers or clients. Remember, in business, it’s not about you. It’s about being of service to others and giving to others. Be a giver, not a taker, and guaranteed you will enter into 2018 happy and satisfied.
“Of all the things a leader should fear, complacency heads the list.” – John C. Maxwell
The holiday season is a time where many are complacent, even me. However, once I got very clear on my goals to continuously grow as a leader, I understood that I had to not just talk like a leader, but also act like a leader. It means leading by example regardless of the season, month, day, or even hour. As we enter into 2018, I have made the goal to become a better leader to my mastermind group and to my peers. What that means is leveling up in my actions and increasing my results and leading by example.
Bottom line, by all means, enjoy the holiday season with your loved ones, but remember that business must go on if you want to start the New Year on the right foot. While others are complacent during the holidays, an entrepreneur remains focused on the goals and vision. While the masses are not planning out their time and money wisely, you have sold yourself on a bigger ROI of your time and money. Lastly, as a well-rounded entrepreneur, you know it is a time for giving back.