Christmas is here!!!
OMG! Can you believe we are already in DECEMBER 😱😱😱? Yes, we certainly can and know you are looking forward to the Christmas break as much as we are.
So first things first. Is your outfit ready for all the festivities??? Are you going for some bling bling or you got some new bathers and thongs?
Now, let’s be serious for a moment and tackle what to do with your business before the end of the year.
Have you prepared your pre-holidays communications? Christmas cards, holiday promotions, info on closing hours, last EDM of the year?? …. If not, you are cutting it very short. We love risk takers, but believe us, it could be much less stressful if we don’t wait till the last minute.
So, take a few hours, and prepare the essentials. Here are some ideas:
Pick as many as you want, but do them straight away, or they will never come to life. Brownie points: schedule them and start getting into the holiday mood.
Now, it’s time to make sure that we are on track!
We know, we know, holidays are around the corner and the last thing we want to do is think hard about our business, but why not make it fun?
Go to your ocean, take off your shoes, pour yourself a nice glass of wine (or whatever rocks your boat) and a tasty platter of cheese and crackers (everybody likes that, right?). Let your mind flow!
We recommend some pen and paper, or your preferred digital way to dream and plan. You will want to review these notes. What a waste of time having all those huge thoughts and letting the wind take them away.
How was this year for you and your business? Take a walk down memory lane towards the beginning of the year, when you were having a nice glass of bubbles and celebrating baby 2023 with your loved ones. Sure there were big plans in your head for the year ahead. So let’s see how it went, shall we?. Ask yourself some of these questions:
If you have some (or many) no’s, then ask yourself “Is my heart still in this?”. It’s time to “stop the water” (instead of letting yourself go) and reconnect with YOUR VISION.
It’s time to think big!
Look, life is too short to simply wander.
Feeling fulfilled, happy and pumped for the things to come is the heartbeat of life. We dedicate such a big chunk of our existence to work, that we better make something that makes a true impact, don’t you agree?
Think limitless, dive deep into your wildest dreams and desires and commit to your biggest hairy audacious goal yet.
Now, let’s roll our sleeves and start strategizing how to reach it. Have a think about these:
We really like the concept of building today the body of work you want in five years, like the ultimate portfolio to get the most inspiring, thrilling and fulfilling job of your life.
Think that the person you admire the most in the world would love to work with and has created a super duper personalised project that fits every single bit of your being.
Think of the awesome work you have done that you would love to show, but also think of that work that you have never done but would love to do. That work that that person would be blown away with (and therefore bring you onboard to reach new heights together). Exciting?
We know this concept is easy to understand for visual disciplines (i.e photography, painting, design, architecture…), but it can apply to anything. Maybe it means getting a particular education or certificate, maybe growing to a certain level before being able to reach that person, or winning an award or creating a whole new profession that combines more than one discipline that traditionally don’t go together. It could be anything.
What could you build to get the opportunity of doing what you really really want to do next.
After all that hard (but fulfilling) work, it’s time to embrace the holiday vibe and start the celebrations with the people that make your business run. Clients, team, and all of the awesome cheerleaders that brighten our days along the year (this is an incredible community and we all have raving fans that support us along the way).
Party with your crew! They are key to your success, what would we do without them?
It’s not only about the work they do, it’s about the care (and the support that cannot be paid), the endless fun, the enrichment that each of them bring to everybody else's ideas, the commitment to make an impact and help you reach your vision… They are the family members that want to see you succeed. Party a lot!
Celebrate with your loved ones. Your partner, your family, your best friends, they are the ones rooting for you. Sometimes listening, others making things easier for you, others simply talking about you behind your back (and telling everyone how awesome you are). Do something special for them. Don’t make it about Christmas, but rather about their awesome contribution to your life and your business.
Thank your customers. Whether you have 1or 1000, tell them how much you appreciate them. It can be the Christmas card that we were talking about, a gift, taking them for lunch… let them know how much you value them and the impact that they have had in your business.
Think of that person that you absolutely love to work with. The one that pushes you to the extreme, but values you as if they had won the lottery when they met you. Or the one that makes your life so easy by being organised, giving you the time and notice you need, providing the best feedback… Of course, for anyone else, be as personal as you possibly can, but for these guys… you need to hit bullseye. Think about all you know about them as people (not business relationship) or stalk them to find out something that will make them truly smile. It can be as simple as a jar of pistachio butter 🤪 or as fancy as a luxury seafood cruise, that is up to you of course, but please please please: Make it personal.
Last, but definitely not least you can make one last bit of effort to guarantee next year's success.
Here are some ideas:
Feeling extra motivated and pumped to have your best year yet? Take real action!
And now…. Grab your favourite cocktail and go sit by the ocean. You have definitely earned it.
We hope you have enjoyed this light reading 🤣🤣🤣 and you pick up some ideas and motivation. We definitely are super excited to get ready for 2024.