To all of you field workers out there, Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah. Happy holidays to all of you. We all work very hard all year and we deserve the rest we get over this vacation time. Normally this year is very busy as most companies would try to spend their budget money. It’s a little late for planning but if they want to get a project financed and paid for, sometimes they need to get it in by the end of the year. This is a problem we appreciate although many of us want to take a break.
I get exhausted. I usually cover for all the people who must use vacation by the end of the year or they lose it. I am just happy to have vacation time. As the work model changes, we may lose that luxury. Ask any contractor that works for himself. They only get paid for when they work. Times are changing and it’s going to get rough but we shall all make it and I believe as the work increases we will improve.
So, take this time to do a few things if nothing else.
- Take a moment and be grateful for what you have. Look at your mate and be thankful. If you have children, be glad they are around and healthy. If you have family and friends, be thankful.
- Reflect on the past year and figure out what went right and what went wrong. I often look back to try to course correct. I figure out which habits need to change and then I focus on how to improve. I don’t always make the right choice, but I try to get a little better each year.
- Look ahead. Where do you want to go? What is your plan? Do you have a plan? Where do you want to be in 5 years? How do you get there? Do you know the steps to move ahead? Is it more about what you can do or just money? What will make you happy for the long-term?
As you look ahead and get busy with the holidays. Take some time to focus on what you really want and where you want to go.
Remember, enjoy the holidays. Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Enjoy the break and clear your head for the new year ahead.
Be smart, be safe, and pay attention! After all, it will soon be a new year and all of you will be setting new goals!