Take personal time over the next week to reflect.

As leaders, it’s important to take time to reflect. The benefits are innumerable, including recharging your batteries, redirecting toward a more focused purpose, improving your leadership, building on important relationships, and more.

My challenge to you is to find at least two hours sometime during the next week when you can be alone and use this time to contemplate your leadership. Think about successes and failures over the past 12 months. Identify actions that worked well and those that didn’t. Consider how you can leverage the positives and address the challenges. Resolve to do better. Note – I’m not big on New Years’ resolutions, but I do believe that taking inventory and adjusting from time to time is a good idea.

My gift to you this holiday season is a favorite poem. Reading this over and over for a few days during this time of year helps me enter into a contemplative state. Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost sets the tone for this introspective period with its calming effect. It also mounts a challenge at the end. I’ll let you interpret its meaning to you. It challenges me to review my commitments and helps me remember that we are all on a journey. 

Whose woods these are I think I know.   
His house is in the village though;   
He will not see me stopping here   
To watch his woods fill up with snow.   

My little horse must think it queer   
To stop without a farmhouse near   
Between the woods and frozen lake   
The darkest evening of the year.   

He gives his harness bells a shake   
To ask if there is some mistake.   
The only other sound’s the sweep   
Of easy wind and downy flake.   

The woods are lovely, dark and deep,   
But I have promises to keep,   
And miles to go before I sleep,   
And miles to go before I sleep.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on this article. Please go out to LinkedIn to add your comments.

Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season and for a wildly successful 2021,

Steve

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems/42891/stopping-by-woods-on-a-snowy-evening

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