Well we are closing in on another year out with the old and in with the new. I don’t know about you, but this has been a humdinger of a year for me. I have faced many challenges over the course of the last 12 months, many I would not want to experience again. I have seen many posts and discussions about New Year’s Resolutions. I have even been a part of many of those discussions. Often times, when talking about our resolutions, we want to focus on the things we would like to change in for the New Year or that we want to do differently.
This year, I am switching the focus a bit. Of course, there are things that I am working on both personally and professionally. But there are some things that I am pretty darn happy with and so I want to countdown my top 10 work/life philosophies that I want to carry into the New Year with me. Are you ready?
CREATIVITY allows you to dream BIG. I encourage you to think outside the box. Some of the best ideas have been birthed by what I call “crazy thinking.” Often times I’ll have ideas that seem even outlandish to me. They at times don’t make sense, but when I put all of the elements together those are the times when I have created some of my best pieces of work.
I want to be able to always provide supreme VALUE to my clients. I believe they deserve the best I have to give whether it’s during a planning session, vendor meeting, or on event day. I want every encounter we have to add value to their life.
Paying ATTENTION TO DETAILS is one of the things I strive to improve upon daily for my events. I love to take a client’s vision and to incorporate one key element into every element of the event, albeit entertainment, design, or décor. I once had a bride who wanted to be a princess, not only did she dress like a princess, but she was pulled by statesmen to her groom in a white carriage. She was then transported from the ceremony to the reception site in a horse drawn carriage. I love finding ways to pull unique elements into my client’s day.
GRIT is the same thing as passion, sticking to it, pushing forward even when there are multiple things stacked against you. This is so important in life. You never know who you may inspire while you’re pushing your way through. I have often found at times, I inspired myself.
PROFESSIONALISM that should be displayed in everything that you do. Other’s want to know that you take what you do seriously. This is displayed in how you run meetings, the tone and look of your emails, and even your overall demeanor.
I believe that we either learn something new every day, or gain insight into things that we already know. GROWTH is so important. I never want to stay stagnant. I love to feed my mind with new things, whether it’s learning a new word, learning something about a new topic, or even learning a new game during my down time. I can always count on my hubby to help me grow in the news area, he is a LOVES the news and always keeps me abreast of what’s going on in our world. I truly appreciate him for that because I would spend all my time creating all day :).
POSITIVITY can make a difference in how your day goes. Have you ever been down and then someone came and just started speaking positive thoughts into your life? Or have you have just started reading some motivational material and it just pulls your inner spirit up. I’ve learned that life happens, and often times we are dealt lemons, but I am so grateful for the person who came up with the saying “when life hands you lemons make lemonade,” because how you choose to deal with life’s happenings can mean a new opportunity, a new creative idea, or even a new encounter with someone. Negativity drains so much out of you. It is said that it takes more energy to frown than it does to smile and I’m all about conserving energy :).
GREAT RELATIONSHIPS is a must for everyone. I am a firm believer, that EVERY one doesn’t need to know your business, however, it is important to have a close circle of friends who can encourage you, who you can bounce ideas off of, or who can just be there when you need them. These relationship should be cultivated and they should always be reciprocal. We often get into relationships that are one sided and one person’s needs aren’t being met. I’m talking about those times when you both are giving 110%. And yes, those type of people are out there, and they are just waiting for YOU!
INTEGRITY is one of the most important elements of you and your business. You have to create an environment where your clients and vendors can trust that you will operate in their best interest. This means meeting deadlines and delivering what you promise. I was always taught by my parents that if you don’t have your word, you don’t have anything. This is a philosophy that I currently live by.
Lastly I want the LOVE of God to shine so brightly through me that my clients, vendors, and prospects all experience the same love that my family and friends receive. It is easier to love those who we are in constant relationship with, but I want to be able to love everyone because love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, and it is not proud.
Although I placed a numbering system with the items they are ALL important and valuable attributes I think that are important for your mind, body and soul. I am so happy for all the support you’ve shown me over this past year. I look forward to growing together in 2015. Happy New Year.