“Don’t cry because it is over.  Smile because it happened.” - Dr. Seuss

Surely you’ve had the experience of never wanting an event to end.  But as you well know, all good things must come to an end.  

The 2016-year is over.  The holidays are over.  Don’t waste your time complaining about it all being over, but be happy that it all happened.  Be happy you were able to spend time with your family, friends, and coworkers.  These holidays afford us the opportunity to rekindle and strengthen many relationships in our lives.

We are familiar with the brevity of life and the moments that create the meaning to our lives.  Making positive and meaningful moments are monumental to the success of a leader.  Our memories make a difference if we create, cherish, and communicate them with urgency and transparency.  As leaders, we have to develop positive memories with our family, friends, and also our business team members.  This is how you do it.

1.    Take a break

In the midst of the chaos and busyness, stop and take a break.  You deserve a moment of fellowship with the people who helped you become the wonderful individual you are today.  It is amazing how taking a break allows you to reflect on and appreciate your past experiences whether good or bad.

2.    Be intentional

Do you make the most of every minute?  You have to make the most of every minute when you know that all good things must come to an end.  Don’t waste time working on nonessential tasks.  You achieve extraordinary success when you are more intentional with your time.  Intentionality is key whether it is an everyday responsibility, a job assignment, or a relationship.  Make sure you are purposeful with your time and you will make long-lasting memories.  As a leader, your intentionality starts with your family.  Plan your family time.  If you don’t plan your family time, you may never make the most important memories with your family.  There are different arguments about whether quantity time is better than quality time.  We need quantity time to spend quality time, so be intentional about how much time you will spend with your family and how you will spend your time with them.  You will take care of all your other obligations if you take care of your family first.

3.    Smile because it happened

How we finish the various activities in our lives plays an important role in how we will make memories as a leader.  Nothing last forever and it is okay to feel sadness about an event or moment coming to an end.  However, try not to allow any event to end on a negative tone.  As leaders, we have been gifted to lead and control many of our settings.  Although you may be saddened by a moment coming to an end, smile and stay grateful that the moment happened.  And remind others of the wonderful opportunity of sharing in the moment.

These strategies work when it comes to team meetings in a family, work, or even church environment.  Your success in any of these marketplaces will be determined by your ability make positive memories.

How are you making positive memories?  Please leave a comment below, send me a tweet on Twitter, or leave a comment on Facebook.

Simply Jackie

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