The MHEDA Journal - Second Quarter, 2016 - (Page 11)
2016 MHEDA CHAIRMAN
OF THE BOARD
Working On Your Business,
Not In It
y the time you sit down to read the
second quarter MHEDA Journal,
the holidays will be a distant
memory. Most of us are welcoming
the promise of longer days and warmer
weather. I know the official start of the
New Year was January 1st. However, I
like to think of the first days of spring
as my kick off to the New Year. This is
especially noticeable the further north
you live. There's a buzz in the air and
people are excited about coming out
of hibernation. We are reminded the
big orange thing in the sky can also
provide warmth, not just light!
By this time of the year, many of us
are also getting our arms around how
2016 may play out on the business front.
Did we forecast sales properly? Allocate
funds appropriately during the budget
process? Invest in the best growth strategies? While we all know we've been
in one of the longest economic recoveries, the scars from 2007-2009 still lay
close to the surface. These scars are a
daily reminder of what can happen if
we aren't diligent about even the most
simple business decisions.
One of the things I've noticed over
the last few years is the actions we've
adopted since 2009 have become habitual. Everyone is so laser focused on
recovery, success, and keeping expenses
low, that many of us haven't allowed
ourselves to stop, take a breather, and
look around to see what's really important. If you haven't allowed yourself to
take a step back, out of the daily grind,
I'm officially giving you permission to
Open your calendar and block out
2-3 hours and label it "Purpose."
Now, do this at least three more
times throughout the balance of 2016.
While you may need to reschedule
this event, you are not allowed to
remove it from your calendar. It's too
important. The time you spend on
this event may actually be the most
rewarding and meaningful to both
you personally, as well as your business. I can promise you, you will not
be fired, the business will not fail,
your banker won't call to complain,
the people who work with you won't
think you're crazy. Just do it!
The first time you proactively clear
your plate and make time to focus
on your purpose, it won't be easy.
It takes a while to clear your mind
of all the other "things." However,
you'll quickly feel a calming sensation. Everything that seemed urgent or
important quickly fades into the background. New ideas and feelings come
rushing to the forefront. So many in
fact, you'll find yourself scrambling to
write everything down. This is what I
describe as working "on" your life and
not "in" it. You see, we have to give
ourselves permission to take a break
to reevaluate our purpose, both in our
personal lives, as well as business.
There's no wrong answer as you
go through this process. You may
find yourself focusing on your family, friends, customers, employees,
leadership, or your community. They
are all important but, peak at different
times throughout our lives.
When you go through this process,
you will quickly find yourself full of
energy you didn't know you had.
The primary source for this energy is
Passion! All of us are in our "happy
place" when we're focusing on our passion. It provides a never ending source
of energy. Others feed off it and want
to be part of it. When this happens, no
matter what position you hold in your
family or company, you now become
a positive leading change agent in the
culture. You will be responsible for a
If you haven't given yourself the
permission, schedule it now. And if
you're looking for guidance, stop reading this article, get on line, and sign up
to attend MHEDA's 2016 convention
near Washington D.c. The theme of the
convention is Passion with Purpose!
Attending this event will not only set
you on a new course, it will give you
some new tools, ideas, and opportunity
to network with others pursuing the
next level of purpose.
can you picture a better time to be
in the Washington D.c. area? The city
comes alive in the spring. You'll be
in the center of a community taking
part in what should be one of the most
exciting and entertaining elections in
quite some time.
Our convention chairman Buddy
Smith, his wife Patty, along with the
MHEDA staff, has planned an incredible event. I invite you and all your
peers to join us. Please take this time
to stop, think, revaluate, and act, with
Purpose and Passion!
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The MHEDA Journal - Second Quarter, 2016
From the Desk of Liz Richards
Ask Your Board
MHEDA University Calendar
MHEDA Member Profile
Teamwork and Personal Accountability
Exhibitors' Showcase Product Guide and Floor Plan
Six C-Level Cyber Blunders (And Solutions)
What to Look Forward to in 2016
How to Build a sense of Community for Your Business
Women Mean Business
What's Your Exit Strategy?
Creating Great Customer Experiences: Why, How and Why Now?
Turning Near Misses into a Winning Safety Environment
Too Much of a Good Thing
Matuson's Sixteen Workplace Predictions for 2016
Spotlight on Association News
Index of Advertisers by Product Category
The Last Word
The MHEDA Journal - Second Quarter, 2016