Over the holidays Beth and I have had the privilege to spend time with our business partners and friends in St. Pete Beach, Florida. We spent time laughing, sharing funny stories, reflecting back over the past year and strategizing for the new year. Those awesome people were Denny and Donna Smith, Mike and Lynnette Parr, (and son Brayden), Tony and Sharon Hoffman, (and daughters Maile and Madison), and Kolynn and Lynn Kelly. It was the first time we have ever celebrated the new year on the beach. With the 75-80 degree weather, sunny days with powder-like sand… it was a grand way to relax, re-charge, sharpen the ax (lots of reading) and get ready for an awesome 2012! Being from Pennsylvania, the vitamin D really felt good!
As LIFE continues to grow, and as I meet with more and more people and companies… I’m finding with the economic climate FUN and FRIENDS is something that people really need to work on. Many times executives express the opinion that business owners and executives are under so much stress that they don’t have fun. With trying to meet quotas, keep stock-holders happy, board of directors… going to work in the dark and coming home in the dark, conflict, turn-over, etc… these executives go home many times so stressed they shut down and in-turn cause relationship issues with family.
Executives absolutely love the holistic approach to improving LIFE in all areas because all areas are inner-woven. If you are having problems at work, it can affect relationships at home, and vice-versa.
Having a master-mind group of trusted friends, (like the ones listed above) is also extremely important. It provides a safe environment so that you can share thoughts, ideas, and gain perspective and not feel like you are being judged. This also provides much-needed accountability which keeps you on track and allows for continuous course correction and adjustment.
Find trusted friends and create times of fun in 2012. Work hard, Play hard!