Hello to all my Monday Motivators!
First, I want to thank all of you who have been following me for years. This is the time of year I finally get to slow down and breathe. I am usually running all over the country speaking, training, and doing book signings. I love that I can take the next several weeks to reflect on all those people who have supported me and Office Dynamics over the years. It does my heart good to know that I have made a difference in your lives and I greatly appreciate receiving your emails, letters, Facebook posts or LinkedIn messages. Thank you very much. I look forward to being of service in 2013.
It has been only two years since I lost my husband Dave and it was at this time of year he was getting to the end of his life. So of course, this is a poignant time for me but more importantly I want to remind you of the gift of life. Don’t ever take it for granted. Remember that you are destined for greatness so make sure you are doing everything in your power to utilize your talents and gifts. Make time to be generous to those less fortunate, and appreciate every day you get to go to work!
Ok, enough sentimental stuff.
As we come to the end in 2012, we have several announcements to share with you such as we just opened registration for our amazing 20th Anniversary Event of Distinction in Las Vegas (the Annual Conference for Administrative Excellence); our 12 Days of Christmas holiday shopping begins today (look for video blogs from me); you might want to peruse our Star Wear™ Jewelry and Accessories for your special female friends or family members.
Now, for my important message and words of wisdom for the holidays. This comes from a theme that has resonated at Office Dynamics all year, was a part of our 2012 conference, and is emphasized in my new book for women, Give Yourself Permission to Live a BIG Life: they are the 5 Pillars. When we lead in the 5 Pillars of our life, we naturally lead others. We become role models and mentors. We become that ray of hope for others. We are connected to our world, neighbors and community. If you don’t know much about the 5 Pillars, you can check them out at JoanBurgeBIGLife.com.
Grab your hot chocolate. Here we go!
Career – As you wrap up 2012, make sure you have identified areas for your professional development in 2013. Now is the time to talk to your leader about your aspirations to become a stronger strategic business partner in the New Year. To accomplish this, you need the learning tools to guide you. Also make sure you don’t sabotage your career by letting your hair down too much at the company holiday party. Remember, you are always on stage so let your best light shine while having fun!
Family – To me, nothing in the world is greater than spending time with family and friends. I treasure my relationships with people including my team at Office Dynamics. When you have worked together for a long time, you become family with co-workers. Don’t be so busy shopping, baking, and running errands that you don’t savor every precious moment with your loved ones or friends. And enjoy your pets, too! Don’t be so involved tweeting everyone about what you are doing that you completely miss out on the LIVE experience which lives in your memory for decades.
Financial – It is critically important that you don’t get carried away in the emotion of the holiday only to wake up January 2 and realize you went way over your budget. At Office Dynamics, we have talked about several ways to give to others without spending a lot of money. This is also a good time of year to look at your financial picture and set goals for 2013. Is there a special vacation you want to take next year? How much will it cost and how much do you need to save monthly to reach your goal?
Spiritual – For me, this is a no-brainer. I always feel very spiritually connected during this season. We can also be “in spirit” meaning giving from our hearts, being caring, and showing empathy for those less fortunate. This incorporates your religious beliefs and traditions. Make time for spiritual reflection. Are you doing what you love? Is your life filled with people who lift you up? What drains you? When we are not “in spirit” it is so much harder to give our best performance at work (and at home).
Wellness – Of course we all know we are going to overeat, indulge in our favorite holiday dishes, and possibly sit around more as we enjoy family and friends. Make sure you get outdoors no matter how cold it might be—take a walk in the snow, make snow angels; maybe your family likes to ski or get to the gym or go bowling (not on the Wii). You can make this a family event and have fun. Or just have a good old-fashioned snowball fight. That will get your energy up several notches.
I wish you a good week as you gear up for the holiday season which will crescendo the next 4 weeks until we say Happy New Year! Enjoy, my Monday Motivator friends.