[vimeo id="149345980"] For many of us, the break is over or is just about over. It’s time to head back to work and begin the year 2016! For some, this can be a very intimidating time of year. But I always find this an exciting time because it’s the beginning of many dreams and visions that will be realized throughout the rest of 2016. But it’s important that a leader gets off the starting line on the right foot. So here are some thoughts on starting the year.
First of all, start the year off with the right attitude. There are two attitudes you can have. The first is that you have another year to get through. Another year to survive and endure. Another year of exhaustion. The other is that you have a fresh year to begin cultivating your dreams and passions. It’s a year to thrive and empower. A year that is full of excitement! The way you approach the year has an exponential impact on how you experience it.
Secondly, pace yourself when you start. Jumping back in at 110% is a sure way to burnout before the end of January. Often times, leaders have been operating at a slow pace over the break. So when they get off the starting line, they feel as if they have unlimited energy. So they commit themselves to too many projects at the start of the year which eventually leads to burnout. They key is to gradually build yourself back up to your normal work pace. Get a feel for the year and being back in a normal work routine before you make any major commitments.
Lastly, bring your whole self to the starting line. Breaks are a great time to reflect and rediscover ourselves – our passions, our dreams, and our strengths. As you begin to get in the swing of the New Year, be bold! Bring everything about you to the work table and invest it into your organization. A leader who courageously lives on the cutting edge and utilizes their full potential will get off the starting blocks in full force!
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