As the holiday season is upon us, we find ourselves reflecting on the past year and the events that have affected us in our personal and professional lives and how they have impacted and shaped our businesses. It has been quite a year for us all!
The one thing that no one can ever take away from you is your hope. If ever there was a man who knew struggle, it was Martin Luther King, Jr. One of his quotes is, “We must accept finite disappointment, but we must never lose infinite hope.“
As people and leaders experiencing hard times, we do not have to lie to ourselves, or make up fairy tales to face the hard realities. As leaders we should face reality head on, and know that, no matter how bad things are, they will not be this way forever and we must position our ourselves and our organization for the future and set the tone from the top.
Going into 2021 let us Recognize the Challenges and Do Something About It. Doing something about it” can come in many shapes and forms. Over the next few months and newsletters, we will speak about the tangible steps you can take to change the course of events in 2021.
Taking actionable steps, even if it is just stepping outside yourself to help others during these difficult times, can help begin the process, feel empowering and fuel your fire. Vince Lombardi said it best. “It’s time for us all to stand and cheer for the doer, the achiever – the one who recognizes the challenges and does something about it.”
Said another way: The speed of the Leader determines the pace of the pack. We must set the pace.
This year, the end of the year brings no greater joy than the opportunity to express to you a warm season’s greetings and good wishes. May your holidays and New Year be filled with joy. I wish you all a Happy, Healthy, Safe and Prosperous 2021 and beyond.
Resilience is a quality, that is not fixed; it is an ongoing process that requires effort to build and maintain over time. Drawing on past experiences can help you with the challenges you are facing today and help you move into the new year.
While it is often difficult to imagine anything good coming out of the traumatic experiences of a pandemic, building resilience can help you find positives in the difficulties you have faced. Surviving hardships can teach you important things about yourself and the world around you, strengthen your resolve, deepen your empathy, and help you to evolve and grow as a leader and business. Building resilience can also help you to:
Stay focused, flexible, and productive, in both good and bad times.
Feel less afraid of new experiences or an uncertain future.
Manage and tolerate decisions you may have to make outside your comfort zone, even those you would rather avoid.
Strengthen your relationships and improve your communication skills, especially under pressure.
Bolster your self-esteem.
Be confident you will eventually find a solution to a problem, even when one is not immediately apparent.
You can develop and improve these qualities of resilience at any time, regardless of your age, background, or circumstances. The following thoughts along with the library of information available in my book Tighten The Lug Nuts and on our web site, www.tightenthelugnuts.com can help you face hardships with more confidence, better cope with these tumultuous times, and make it through to the brighter, more hopeful days ahead.
The Road Ahead
More and more companies are facing adaptive challenges as we enter 2021. Changes in societies, markets, and technologies around the globe constantly force businesses to clarify their values, develop new strategies, and learn new ways to operate. The most important task for leaders in the face of such challenges is mobilizing people throughout their organizations to adapt to the changing times and position themselves for a breakout 2021.
My year end message pertains to your relationships, to the pursuit of your goals and dreams, and to the plight of so many across the world. We cannot change the past, and the truth is you are going to have to work at whatever it is you hope to achieve in your life and especially post pandemic. But it is how you face it that speaks to your character.
Your true character is defined by your honesty of purpose. Your purpose is sacred and authentic. Honesty is what is at the core of your moral character. It is being trustworthy, loyal, fair, sincere and true, even when it is difficult to be. It is not only how you create your values, but also how you add value to the lives of others.
Purpose-driven people put their morals, character, and honesty first. Without purpose, we drift. With purpose, we steer.
You have the responsibility to yourself and to others to use your best judgment, weigh your options carefully and make the right decisions – even if they are not the most favorable or popular – even when no one is watching!
When you do that you honor yourself and your values. Wherever your path takes you, know that your trustworthiness is your highest honor. For if you are a trusted leader, others will believe in your vision, mission and values, and trust in you enough to follow you, whether in business or on the battlefield as we move into 2021 with hope, commitment, and a vision for a better tomorrow.
“This is my wish for you: peace of mind, prosperity through the year, happiness that multiplies, health for you and yours, fun around every corner, energy to chase your dreams, joy to fill your holidays!” — D.M. Dellinger
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