You have had an amazing year.
You are probably exhausted and may be getting very sick soon.
My best to you with that.
I applaud your efforts and making it through another year in the business.
With Christmas just around the corner I thought it appropriate to share what one might consider doing with the rest of December, once the gigs have ceased, from a Speaker/Performer mindset, as it’s what I’ve been, and will be, doing:
- Whatever your version of nothing is, commit to it.
- Think About You
- This means take time for The Descent, I’ve written on this extensively and the book is coming…eventually.
- Check your performances on video, make sure it’s what you want to be doing the whole next year, and if not, get to work on fixing things.
- Have a pass at your web site and consider your direction, I know I’m headed to a place next year I didn’t see coming, but it makes sense and I’m pumped.
- Rework the systems in place – this shouldn’t feel like work but it will help you offload what you shouldn’t be doing in 2019.
- Again – Do Nothing
- Don’t let what I wrote above derail doing nothing. Just work on what you can, when you want, once you’ve finished binging on Netflix.
- Be Present
- I write and talk about this constantly, mostly because it’s the hardest thing for me to do, but when I say Be Present I mean to the situation where I am, whether that’s at home to be home, or at a meeting to be at the meeting, or at the family reunion to not hide in the corner and read a self-help book (yes, I do that – My wife: “Where’s Jason?” My Father-in-Law: “He’s on the couch in the other room reading How to Win Friends and Influence People”…)
- Look Around For Opportunities to Give
- If you’re a Speaker then you get hit up to give and give and give all year long. However, this is your chance to not be hit up and instead hit others up to serve. I did this the other day when I found out my friend needed someone to hold his sick baby while he worked. I love babies. Win-win.
- Look For Opportunities to Take
- …take back your health, take back your time, take back your life…
- Write in Your Journal
- Reflect on the year. What worked? What needs to change? What was awesome? How can you celebrate the successes?
- Recommit to Spiritual Things
- I don’t talk about it much here (I don’t think) but I really love spiritual things and that part of life. Having just been asked by my Church to follow myself around with a selfie-cam for the past month I realized how much I’ve fallen off the wagon of my commitment to things spiritual that I thought I was doing well. Time to shift, this is that time.
- Set Some Goals
- You’ve heard me talk goals vs. promises, but here’s the thing – set some goals, they are the particulars that help you climb. You miss goals, no biggie, just set them again and keep trying.
- Make Some Promises
- Promises are pretty important, I’ve staked my entire brand on them, and the book will be forthcoming. Make a few promises and never break them. That’s why I say, “Goals are particulars, Promises are proclamations!” What are yours?
- Stop Comparing Yourself
- The quote “You are the average of the 5 people you associate with most” is a great one, but it can also zap your confidence and soul. Social Media and the online “perfection” perception doesn’t help much either. I fall into this, I believe most of us do. If I’m not comparing my lack of success, looks, ability to others, then I’m comparing myself to my ideal for myself. This is toxic behavior. I hope you find in this blog a safe place to see all that I suffer through in order to help you get to your next level, or at the least to get a laugh from my experiences. I’m happy to share, as it helps me realize this helps someone and I lessen my comparisons to those I wish I were more like. Hope you’ll join me, of all I’ve recommended, in working on this one.
Seriously, I know I’m the funny guy on stage, but off stage I’m pretty crazy focused, serious, and determined to make a difference in the lives I get to interact with. You are part of a special audience to me and I appreciate so much that once in a while something I’ve written strikes a chord with you.
2019 brings much change and wonderful strides, and yet looking back on 2018, with the disasters I’ve survived, and perhaps you have as well, we can look and say, “Woah, I made it”, and be proud of it.
Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and continued blessings in your efforts to make a difference. You’ve made a difference to me, and that starfish everyone refers to, and all other things motivational, so thank you for all you do.
Now go do what I’ve recommended, contradictions and all, because they all lead to your rejuvenation, and Promise to become Legendary Leaders by leveraging your Signature Moves as only you can in 2019.
And again, Do Nothing as much as possible.
Your Pal ~ jason
Jason Hewlett, CSP (Certified Speaking Professional), CPAE Speaker Hall of Fame, is a Keynote Speaker for the largest corporate events in the world. His primary message, The Promise, is essential for Leadership, Management, Sales, Marketing, Direct-Sales Companies, and is a combination of engagement and entertainment meets inspiration. Jason has even received standing ovations from IT guys. He has been acknowledged as life-changing by Conference Attendees, C-Level Executives and Hollywood Elite. jasonhewlett.com
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