In November we talk a lot about giving thanks. It’s the time of year where we are thankful for the bounty we have enjoyed throughout the seasons. We give thanks to God, our higher power, or those around us that have helped make our lives beautiful.
It is also the time where we give. We start to think about all that we have and are thankful for and then quickly move to finding ways that we can give back so that others may experience wonderful blessings. It is the season when food banks are flush with donated turkeys and hams and gift baskets are purchased for the homeless and needy families.
In business we donate to charities, raise money for non-profits and send our clients baskets filled with treats to show our appreciation and to give thanks for the work we have accomplished over the year.
This year I would like to start a new Thanksgiving tradition: Giving up.
Yes, I wish that more people had the ability to give up. Just stop trying. Yes, actually give up. Not give up on hopes and dreams and plans, but to give up the control. Give up the coiffed public image and simply engage. Give up the need to be right all the time and to only have successes. Give up controlling your employees to the point where you have sapped every last creative spark out of their being. Give up insisting that every message be approved by you and only you. Give up having to agree with every new suggestion and solution. Give up trying to control your business and just run your business. Give up thinking that you know what your customers want and just listen to them while they tell you what they want. Give up being profitable and just be creative and interesting and valuable.
Yes, give up. Give up on all the old ways that you have been taught to market and succeed and prosper. When you do that, I believe you will free up just enough time and space to create many more things to be thankful for and many more opportunities to give.
Wishing you a season of blessings and the courage to give up.
All the best,
PS. Want to know what I am giving up in business?