Different people have different opinions about Christmas. This might be due to religion or upbringing or past experiences or current circumstances or something entirely different. And you can never be sure what people think…
A good friend of mine, someone I would say I have more in common with than virtually anyone else, has two children just marginally older than mine. We were talking about Christmas with children and he said that he hated it, that it was awful and that things were much better when they could just go down the pub! To say that I was shocked is putting it mildly. I LOVE Christmas. And I LOVE it even more now that we have children. Their excitement and sheer, unadulterated joy could light a village.
So with all of this in mind, I thought I would share a few of my tips for having a great Christmas and a fabulous New Year…
1. Finish the year on a high. Rather than racing in to Christmas all guns blazing and in fire-fighting mode, take 15 minutes and work out what’s important to you and what you really want to get done prior to Christmas. I have been putting off a new marketing project all year. I’m doing it now. Before Christmas. Why wait for the cold New Year? Get it done now.
2. Call your clients. Thank them for this year’s business. Wish them a happy holiday. Show them that personal touch. Show them that you care. Show them that you can ring them with no agenda other than to genuinely wish them a great Christmas. Send them a Christmas card… but only if it’s hand written and only if it’s got a personal message in it.
3. Take time off. Unless you have some life altering project on that you cannot escape, take time off. Life moves fast, every once in a while you have to slow down a bit and take stock. Make it this Christmas. Do it, you will thank me.
4. Turn off social media, email and constant on connections. You decide for how long but turn them off. Christmas Day minimum. Christmas Day and Boxing Day, better. Longer still? Yes please. No-one will miss you. No-one will notice. People will think you have a life, and you will have.
5. Go for a walk / play a game / have a conversation. Connect with loved ones. Don’t just get drunk. Don’t just watch TV. Talk, share, live, love. That’s what life is all about.
6.Take time to choose presents. Show people that you care about them. Show people that you’re thinking about them. If you’re buying your presents in the presents for men / women section you need to up your game. Christmas is about thinking about others. Christmas is about caring. Presents demonstrate that. They don’t have to be expensive but they do have to be heartfelt.
7. Bring some perspective to presents. Let’s face it, it’s all got out of hand, present buying has got silly. When I was a kid our stockings used to be padded out with satsumas and nuts!! And we still loved them. Your kids do not need everything they ever wanted with bells on. Neither does anyone else. It’s actually bad for them and teaches them poor lessons about life and money and lots of other things too.
8. Give to people less fortunate than you. Give to charity, give to people in the street, give to old people, give to the server in Costa, give to anyone you want… it’s Christmas. It’s about giving. Funny that. If you have nothing else, give a smile and a nice word. Make the world a nicer place.
9. Eat your sprouts! Most people spend much of the year moaning about others less fortunate than themselves and how the government should do something about it but they do nothing themselves other than like and forward things on Facebook… and then they throw away huge amounts of food. It’s shocking the food that Western society throws out. Think how many people can be fed with Christmas throw-aways! Use your leftovers. Freeze them, make curry out of them, donate them.
10. Set your goals for next year. Don’t wait until the New Year. Set them now and start taking action towards them. Starting your goals prior to Christmas really works. I do it every year. Try it.
And most of all, have a great Christmas and a Happy New Year. Get yourself ready to make 2016 your best year yet.
By Gavin Ingham, sales speaker, executive coach and an avid seeker of sales excellence. He is the author of several books including “Motivate People”. Gavin helps businesses and sales professionals be the best that they can be. If you want to know more about creating the mindset of a sales rockstar then make sure that you have joined my free newsletter. He is also a speaker on sales and mental toughness. Got a conference or away day coming up? Want a dynamic and inspirational speaker? Give me a call on +44(0) 845 838 5958.
Copyright Gavin Ingham 2015