In the classic holiday story, A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens, Ebenezer Scrooge is visited by his deceased business partner, Jacob Marley, and three ghosts – the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet To Come. Scrooge goes on a journey that changes his life; and transforms him into a better person as well as a better business owner and employer.
What the ghosts did for Scrooge was point out exactly what the frightening consequences of his actions were. Although a Christmas Carol is just a story, if we look at how we conduct ourselves every day in business in the same way that each of the ghosts pointed out to Scrooge, we will see how we can improve not only the business, but ourselves.
We can improve not only our role in the workplace but our lives and the lives of everyone around us.
Even if you are having the best year ever, don’t assume that you’ve got it right. Take a look back and think about how you would have changed things to make them even better. If business is a challenge, all is not lost. By looking back and thinking about what you could have done differently, it’s not too late to change. There is a new day and a new year about to begin.
I know you’ve heard this over and over again, but every day when you wake up you get the opportunity to take everything you’ve learned and everything you need to learn to be successful.
Over the holidays find some time for contemplative thought. Take a look at your Ghost of Business Past to improve your business by determining and examining your business mistakes. Then develop a plan to correct those mistakes. Otherwise, history will repeat itself.
As Timothy Cratchit, also known as Tiny Tim in a Christmas Carol would say: God bless us, everyone!
Happy Holidays! May the New Year bring health and success!
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