Merry Christmas!

As we are just a few days away from yet another Christmas celebration, I want to encourage you to schedule time to rest and reflect. The holiday season can be so busy with parties, shopping, travel and trying to connect with as many people as possible. I remember what it was like some years when my family lived 8 hours away from the majority of our extended family. We needed a week off to recover from the travel and pace despite having great visits.

This year, schedule time in your calendar for YOU. In the spirit of giving, we often neglect ourselves. Enjoy your times with family and friends, but don’t forget that you need to recharge so you can start the new year strong. You need to rest. Schedule it! Make a personal appointment for you. Do whatever it is that recharges your batteries.

I believe 2017 is going to be my best year ever. I’m praying the same for you. One key¬†way to have a great upcoming year is to reflect on the past year. Think through some of these questions:

What went well?

What went wrong?

How can I adjust and do better?

What wasted my time?

What was a good investment of my time?

Who do I need to spend less time with?

Who do I need to spend more time with?

What areas did I grow in?

What areas do I need to grow in?

Reflecting on the past year provides great insight, but you must learn from your past successes and failures. As my mentor John Maxwell says, “Experience isn’t the best teacher; evaluated experience is.” Learn from the past year and then make a plan to implement those learnings into the new year.

Have fun, reconnect with friends and family, but invest in yourself by resting and reflecting. I can’t wait to see how you grow and experience success personally and professionally in 2017!

Be Intentionally Great!