The Solstice of Your Business Year
December 21st is the day of the winter solstice the shortest day of sunshine for the Northern Hemisphere. It’s natural then, for each of us to turn within and shine our inner light more brightly. A time for stillness and reflection. Eckhart Tolle, author of The New Earth says “To be still is to be conscious without thought. You are never more essentially, more deeply yourself than when you are still.”
In that personal stillness we can think back on the year. It’s been a time of significant change for most of us, a time of what I call values-based choices.
In some instances they’ve been tough decisions based on lower revenues…having to let go of employees who have contributed their time and talents to us, or being “let go” by some of our customers who were also feeling the crunch.
What have you learned from all this? What did you discover about what’s truly important to you? What do you know you want to do differently moving forward?
What did you release that actually lightened your mental or physical load and freed your soul?
In many cases the tough choices have created gaps that need to be filled back in. Maybe there are positions or functions you learned you could live without and other posts that are critical to rehire so you to meet the customer orders that are beginning to increase.
What relationships with family, friends, business associates, or volunteer causes did you put on hold because you were “too busy” that now need to be re-established and re-connected?
What commitments to yourself and others did you sweep under the rug till you had more time? Is that still something you need or want to fulfill or can some of those items be handled by someone else or not done at all? Decide and Act. If you plan to honor a commitment first quarter, get it in your calendar. If you can’t get it done, let the other party know you can’t do it, and, if possible, help them find another resource. One way or the other, get those commitments off your mental list of “oughts” and “shoulds” and free up your energy and focus.
Joel Goldsmith wrote “Within us is a deep well of contentment, a vast, all-embracing silence into which we relax and through which all good appears to us.”
The important thing is to be complete and clear as you move into the Holiday Celebrations with family and friends so you can be fully mentally and emotionally “present”. It’s the greatest gift you can give them!
Blessings and Peace, Marla
Marla Riegel is the founder of The Inspired Business Center based in Lakewood Colorado. The Inspired Business Center collaborates with Entrepreneurs and Executives to transform their companies through a balance of practical spirituality, value-centered leadership and consistent profitability. Our team of experts guides clients on a path starting with an articulated, shared stakeholder vision to the results of fulfilling their organization’s purpose, satisfying customers, increasing profit margins and enhancing owner equity. Our approach combines purposeful people, best business practices, and proven systems.
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