Suzanne’s Best Practice Lesson 2012!

Early this morning, I was enjoying my quiet time by our beautiful Christmas tree when the words best practices came into my thoughts. Since our December newsletter is entitled, “Making the Last Days of 2012 Count,” best practices fits right in with the theme.

What are the best practices I learned this year? For me, it is to do my part, make time with God (quiet, allotted time), and take care of me. When I put the conscious, obedient, consistent effort forth to do these three things, the rest come together. Often this year, I have made the statement, “less is more.” What I have come to realize is that less is referring to my doing, saying, directing and letting others have bigger roles.

When I got sick a few years ago, I was totally out of my element. I was so used to being able to do anything I wanted fairly effortlessly and, as I have come to realize, very hastily at times. When I could no longer act this way, I was angry at first, displaced and, oh, how so many other emotions came forth.

This year, and in past years, I have counseled many company leaders and leaders of teams within companies. What is one of the common roadblocks I have encountered in doing so? Most of these individuals are similar to me, starting out with not only the ability, but the willingness, to do almost everything, and they are used to directing. That’s why they have been elevated into leadership or have taken the entrepreneurial route.

At some point, just as I did, if these individuals recognize that “less is more” (less of their doing, or sometimes what they are not doing, out of fear or non-interest) and learn to trust in those around them and God above, He will prosper the company or department like never before.

Business coach and author of many books, including Change Your Thinking Change Your Life, Brian Tracy states, “When you allow yourself to begin to dream big dreams, creatively abandon the activities that are taking up too much of your time, and focus your inward energies on alleviating your main constraints, you start to feel an incredible sense of power and confidence.”

Now I embrace each day and what I can do. My focus is on how blessed I truly am and not on the level of pain for the day. I focus on knowing that someday soon I will be 100 percent well again, but this time, not just in a body free from Rheumatoid arthritis, but with a mind that has full trust in God above to lead and direct me to use the gifts and talents He has given me in His time and in His will so everyone around me has a chance to use their talents also.

With the year coming to a close and 2013 approaching, may you evaluate the human resources given to you and empower those around you to fully use their gifts, talents and abilities to help you. If you do, you will find you have enough time to do the three most important steps I discussed earlier; do your part the best , make time with God (quiet, allotted time), and take care of yourself. It won’t be easy, but worth it if you try; so, take that time alone, invite God to join you, discuss His plans for you and the company or department He has entrusted to you.

I guarantee that if you do, you will be amazed at the dreams you can dream that will come alive for you, both personally and professionally, in 2013 and beyond!