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December 2013 Volume 5 Issue 12


Year End: A Hard Boot or a Simple Reset


Here you are rushing headlong toward the close of another year. Think back to last December; did you achieve all of the objectives you outlined for yourself and for your business in 2013? If your activities left a little to be desired, the beautiful thing about the close of a year is you can give yourself a new start in January. That new start can be exactly what you need, since it's very easy to get comfortable and complacent in your day to day activities. However, that complacency can get you downright stuck and you may need a jolt to get you moving again. It's kind of like rebooting your computer; sometimes a simple restart will get things going, other times it takes a hard boot. 
Some of you identified a plan last December and spent all year focused on specific goals. How did you do? Did you have a good process in place that just needs a little tweaking? This equals a simple restart; push the button, clear the screen, identify what you want to work on, and begin again.

Those of you who traveled through 2013 without a plan and without written goals, are probably looking back and wondering where all the time went and might even be feeling like your life is out of control. You may need more of a hard boot; empty the trash, turn off the processes that are weighing you down, install some new software, and get some training to get the most out of it. Ask yourself, what's really keeping me from achieving the level of success I want? It could very well be you've got some limiting beliefs you're carrying around that add up to some "head trash" you might need to dump. What processes do you need to include in your daily routine that will get you closer to your goals?

If it's a hard boot you need, consider working with a specialist in 2014 to get you and your business running the way it should. Are you worth such an investment?



What Leaders are Reading   


The Finishing Touch by Charles Swindoll 
(Weeks 50-52)
Americans will spend about 10 billion dollars this holiday season. Over 150 million dollars will be on wrapping paper alone, over 100 million dollars will be spent on trees and 200 million on postage. Along with this, emotions, unpredictable and undisciplined, begin to run wild and priorities become misplaced. While we think we may be immune to all of this "hype" we should be aware of such dangers.  In this section of his book Swindoll shares 14 daily lessons with food for thought as we prepare for Christmas. Lessons entitled:  "A Christmas List of Dangers,"  "Thoughts on How to Come in From the Cold," "Things to Give Away," " A Child's Look at Christmas" and more. It is a worthwhile read to help keep us focused on the priorities of Christmas.  



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Our Christmas Wish for You

 Our Christmas Wish for you 

Is not a simple one

For we wish you hope and joy and peace

Your days filled with warmth and sun


May you count your blessings one by one

And when totaled by the lot
May you find all you've been given  

To be more than what you sought


May God be your strength and light, 

May your spirit never grow old 
May all your clouds have silver linings
And your rainbows pots of gold 

We wish this all and so much more
May all your dreams come true
May you have a Merry Christmas  

And a happy New Year too.


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Make it a great 2014!


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John Branstad

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Quote of the Month  
"This Christmas, let's forget about trying to impress others by what we buy, and spend more time imparting what we already possess."
Charles Swindoll
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