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Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!

  • By Fabrice Talbot
  • December 25, 2010
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I don’t know about you but I have mixed feelings about Christmas.

Sure, it’s a great time to catch up with old friends and see your family and, if you’re running a business, it’s a nice way to get some perspective.

Christmas Gifts

For me, perspective is what I get most from Christmas.

Here’s what I mean.

‘You’re not really going out in that snow, are you?’

I’ve heard this for the past three weeks. But I still go out. From inside our warm, cozy home, heading out in the snow seems a bit nuts, but I still do it.

Why?

Again, it’s to do with perspective.

  1. Take The First Step – From inside the house, it’s seems pretty horrid out there. But, once you get started, it’s fine. Actually, it’s wonderful to run over virgin snow with clear blue skies above.
  2. 5 Minute Rule – I play this trick on myself where I’m allowed 5 minutes to start a project I’m avoiding, say doing tax returns, and if I can’t do it after 5 minutes, then I’m allowed to quit. It never happens. Once the wheels are in motion, it’s fine.
  3. Make It Hard To Stop – and to make sure that I stay the course, I tell others what I’m doing. Then it’s real hard to back out.

So, here’s my Christmas takeaway.

Tell people about your new projects, share your plans, and help yourself to get started.

Running a business means that there will always be days when you don’t want to go ‘jogging in the snow’. The trick is to make it easier to start, set the pace, and stay the course.

The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step.

From everyone at Agilewords, Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year.

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