Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store. What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more! –Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas!
Can you believe it is already here and almost gone? Time flies, especially in leadership, but this season I implore you to slow down, do not let it slip by. Here are five ways to embrace this wonderful season:
- Spread the joy. Do something nice for someone else. On a Saturday morning, go to a restaurant, pick out a family and quietly, privately and without any fanfare, buy their breakfast. If you are not a breakfast person, go to McDonalds or another drive thru window and leave $20 with the cashier to buy a meal for the family behind you. Do it for those who don’t necessarily have less than you, but who need kindness in their life. It is not simply the act of feeding somebody, it is about spreading joy to others. Really, it is a gift you give yourself as a leader. It will make you feel incredible.
- Write a note. This is PhD level leadership. Seriously, it is that powerful. Send a note to the family members of every person that works with you that tells them how grateful you are for their sacrifice for the long nights or the weekends your teammates give. Tell them how proud they should be for the lives their family members change every day. Tell them how amazing their mom/dad/spouse/sibling is. The power of that note is exponential.
- Learn to love the snow. If you haven’t heard the Midwest, specifically Michigan, is a winter wonderland. Truly a snow globe. Yes, it is hard to drive. Yes, everything takes that much longer. But look at it, it is gorgeous. The first snow of the year has fallen and you have two ways to look at it: 1. it’s cold and messy or 2. it’s awesome. Complaining doesn’t take the snow away, it only steals your joy.
- Rekindle. Take some time to fall in love with your own life again – meaning your family, your faith, your friendships. This is an incredible season to cultivate romance. Gain that kind of zeal and romance back in your life.
- Be present. Several of us on the team just finished a great book, Present Over Perfect by Shauna Niequist, and I encourage everyone to read it. It talks about the power of just being present and sharing time with family and friends. The best part is, the time spent together doesn’t have to be flashy or a 7 course meal, you don’t have to be all put together. The point is to have deep conversations and connect with the people that matter to you. So, invite friends over and be present, don’t wait for perfect.