Fun – When was the last time you did something completely fun and totally spontaneous? You probably live a life that is time crunched and work in a world that is carefully planned. Why not make this a memorable holiday season by doing something simple and spontaneous that brings you joy? Maybe it’s going to see a classic holiday movie, going for a skate or seeing the holiday light displays at dusk followed by a warm mug of hot cocoa.
Faith – When you are a person of faith, it means that you have a tremendous amount of self-belief and an unwavering belief in the people that surround you in your personal and professional lives. This holiday season has been bookended by a holiday celebrating family, tradition, gratitude and inclusion, American Thanksgiving coinciding with a holiday celebrating light, miracles, heroism and sustainability, Hanukkah and a holiday celebrating peace, kindness, generosity and thoughtfulness to yourself and to others, Christmas. Whether or not you are a religious or observant member of an organized religion, you can take the themes of these holidays and use them daily in your life, career and business.
Freedom – At this time of year, there is a freedom to choose how you experience this holiday season with family, friends, client/customers and colleagues. While there is pressure to conform to certain time-honoured customs and traditions, there is freedom and opportunity to create new ones that work for you and that you can share with others.
Flexibility – While this should be a relaxing and happy time of year, many people for many reasons find it stressful and upsetting. It seems like there are not enough hours in the day, deadlines loom large and social obligations can be plentiful and overwhelming. It seems that at this time of year more than any other people are dismayed, disorganized and disappointed. If someone calls to cancel or reschedule a personal or business appointment that was made sometime ago, be cheerful, gracious and flexible and suggest setting a date and a time to meet in the New Year. The other person will be very grateful and you both have something warm to look forward to in the cold days of January.
Forgiveness – Through the year, you may have experienced difficulties or disagreements with family, friends, clients/customers or colleagues. Think about your role in these difficulties and disagreements and forgive yourself. Then think about the other person or people and forgive them. Remember these difficulties and disagreements and use them as learning experiences. Nurturing negativity keeps you distracted and standing still while practicing forgiveness and nurturing positivity keeps you focused and moves you forward.