November is upon us and that means the beginning of the holiday season and end of the year. Yes, there are still a few things left to be done, but essentially the “hay is in the barn.” It’s that time of year when we begin to close things up for 2016 and look to the future.
This year may well go down as the most challenging of my life and business career, filled with tremendous loss, creative challenges and huge opportunity — so I’m especially looking forward to its end and the beginning of 2017. Here are a few things I’m doing to close the year out in order for the new one to rock.
1. Cross my finish lines – We all have projects that have to roll over into the New Year, but make sure they are the right ones, as there’s nothing worse than bringing unnecessary business into the next year. So don’t let them slip through the cracks during the party season.
2. Reflect on the past year – It’s important to remember the lessons learned and celebrate the victories achieved throughout the year, so take time stop to think about them. I’ll clear my head by taking a long ride or sit down with a favorite cigar and libation … or both.
3. Reach out and thank those around me – A successful year is never a solo effort. There are those who contributed greatly to the cause, and there are those who, without that little nudge or opening, the big things couldn’t have occurred. Try not to forget anyone.
4. Look to the future – “2017 will be a good year if…” Answering that question pretty much identifies my key goals for the year.
5. The first 90 days – the first quarter sets the tone for the year, so what am I going to do on January 2? What needs to happen in February and March?
Remember, preventing things from falling through the cracks is as simple as stopping to think about what needs to be done and writing it down.
Cheers to a great holiday season!
Dwain – CEO Rider
As always – These are my thoughts. I could be wrong. So, if you disagree or simply want to add to it, please do so. I look forward to the conversation.