A friend of mine recently shared her family's New Year's ritual and I wanted to share it with you.
Of course, at midnight, there is merry-making and the new year's first kisses and hugs and shouts of "Happy New Year!" But, then the family gathers around the back door of their home, opens the door and shares memories (good and bad) of the year just passing. It's a time to thank the year for all it has brought to them. They close the door and head to the front of their home. Opening the front door, they talk about all the things the new year might bring - their hopes and dreams and goals.
It's a very symbolic ritual of what we've been talking about - planning ahead for your business and then appreciating what has worked and considering what has not, and then looking forward yet again. Before that door closes on 2015, take a few minutes to appreciate your business and what you've accomplished in the past year. And, then open the door to the new year just beginning!