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Four Important Toasts to Improve Your Team’s FATE in the New Year
The approach of a new year is a tremendous time for reflection.
It is a time to remind ourselves of what is important and celebrate our past as we look ahead to future challenges and opportunities.
I am a huge fan of this quote by Benjamin Franklin: “Be always at war with your vices, at peace with your neighbors, and let each New Year find you a better man.”
In your quest to become better with the New Year, I would suggest that you consider adding four toasts to your list of to-do’s over the coming week.
One of the most enjoyable, and perhaps often overlooked, traditions of New Year’s celebrations though is the toast. Everyone remembers to share the same three-word toast at the stroke of midnight, but few teams or families or groups of friends take the time prior to the ball dropping to improve their fate with four other important toasts.
New Year’s Eve is often a time for focusing on new beginnings, but often we move forward most effectively by first looking back.
So what are the four important toasts that will improve your team FATE?
I’m glad you asked!
Before it gets too far into January, be sure that you and your team celebrate with the following four important toasts:
1. Toast your Failures
Mistakes are how we learn and improve. They are catalysts for change, and can sometimes be the most important experiences of our past. Don’t get caught up denying or regretting them – let your failures be the feedback that fuels your future efforts! Success is never a straight-line drive, and you will do well to find value in the lessons your off-road experiences may have provided.
2. Toast your Achievements
Recall what you did well. Be sure to remind yourself and your team of how far you have come, and the many things you have successfully completed. What are you proud of? Be sure to recall the many accomplishments you and those close to you have enjoyed, and take a moment to acknowledge each of those special occasions.
3. Toast your Teammates
Say thank you to ALL of the people on your team. Make sure that your family, your friends your mentors, and any other individuals who helped to influence your growth over the last 12 months know how much you appreciate their contributions to your life.
There is no such thing as a self-made man, and team development is supercharged by showing your gratitude to those who helped you reach your current position. Identify the skill you appreciate in them, and you will find them (and others) even more willing and enthusiastic to contribute in the future!
4. Then, Toast your Expectations
Be bold enough to not only set and write down what you plan to do in the upcoming year, but to speak it into existence and provide yourself the accountability of others knowing what you intend to do. Let your enthusiasm inspire others to join the crusade and offer their contributions. If you don’t tell others what you want to do, they won’t know how to help you do it…
If you will take the time to toast these four things, your team’s FATE will most assuredly be more positive in the coming year.
Learn from your mistakes.
Appreciate your successes.
Be grateful for the people around you.
Look ahead to the adventures that await you.
Allow these four toasts to be a catalyst that makes this new year even more memorable and impactful for your team.
Every team needs to take time to reflect on occasion, and this time of year is a terrific opportunity to remind yourself and your teammates that you aren’t where you want to be – but even more importantly, that you aren’t where you used to be!
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