Happy Holidays from Uncommon
|New Year Thoughts - Conjuring Up Success
One year from now, what do you hope to feel when
you look back on 2009?
What will make the year a success? What will
you and/or your business have learned?
To ensure that success, what three things
must you start doing right now?
These are great questions to ponder from both
personal and professional perspectives. There
are no right answers and the possibilities
are vast. Go ahead and think big.
But to succeed, you need to choose, you need
to focus, and you need to start now. One
small, concrete step
at a time.
Would you like some help selecting your
top three? Or identifying those small,
concrete steps? We would be happy to help
make your 2009 a fabulous success. Call now:
|Contrarian Thoughts - Refuse to be Miserable!
I did some shopping over the weekend.
Recession, or not, it's crazy out there.
The worst part? Everyone looks so miserable.
Being miserable is not the way to spend your
So refuse to be miserable!
Go out smiling! Look for opportunities to
acknowledge and share the trials and
tribulations with those around you.
- Smile in dismay with those stuck in
line with you behind a checkout situation that
should be illegal.
- Smile in commiseration with the person
who arrives in disappointment at the same
empty shelf you just found.
- Smile knowingly at the shopper who
would like to get through all the parked
carts just as you would.
- Smile admiringly at the clerk who just
quelled an explosive situation with
- And smile at those few who look excited.
Perhaps they are pleased at finding the
perfect gift for someone. Even if they are
simply tickled by a low price, you can be
happy for them.
I actually do this. I don't grin ear-to-ear
all the time; that would lead people to
assume I'm deranged. But I refuse to suffer
at the hand of events far beyond my control.
Smiling is simple and completely within my
control. It makes me feel better, and it
makes other people smile, or at least lighten
and brighten a little.
And I just ignore the handful who are clearly
furious that I might actually be enjoying myself.
|Economy Thoughts - The Sky is NOT Falling
OK, so maybe it is drooping a little. Maybe a
few tiles have cut loose. But the sky is NOT
As a matter of fact, I just returned from the
Northampton Chamber Meet & Eat where we
discussed the impact of the economy on our
businesses. The vast majority at my table
reported, almost with embarrassment, that
they were doing well. The most concerned
person was a professional photographer, who
is doing well right now, but worries about
the spring. Yet she attributes her troubles
to the negative
impact of the digital age on her business,
not the economy.
This other side of the economic story did not
surprise me this morning. I hear good news
daily. Many of my clients are having a great
year. And yet this is not what we hear in the
news. Taking nothing from those who have been
hit hard, I see too many gross generalities
emerge from each hard luck story.
And I see too many Chicken Littles squawking
and clucking in horror. They commiserate and
blame every disappointment on the big
nebulous economy that is clearly beyond their
control. Rather than reflect, seek opportunities,
and take action, they wait to see what scraps
are dished their way.
Change is inevitable and every change brings
opportunity. An economic downturn is just one
If you get specific about the change, you are
more likely to find the opportunity. Stop
generalizing. Start asking more questions.
Find out who and what is changing. Focus on
emerging needs and possibilities.
In the meantime, squelch the Chicken Little
in you! We will all benefit from more people
looking for the opportunities!
If you would like some help finding your
opportunities, give us a call at
|Parting Thoughts - Keeping Perspective
Keep in mind that external factors like
- Have nothing to do with who you are
- Have nothing to do with what you have
- And may not even affect your dreams
External factors primarily affect what you
have to do to
achieve your dreams and how quickly you can
- Stand tall
- Take stock
- And chart a new course to your
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My Wishes for You
Wishing you everything you need to thrive in
all your endeavors - passion, friends, peace,
the strength to persevere, the opportunity to
learn, a little luck, and uncommon clarity!
Happy New Year!
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- Ann Latham