Berlin Law Firm - December 2019

LEX CANIS THE Lee Berlin Kyle Killam

Don’t Take a Holiday for the Holidays Start the New Year Right!

It happens every winter. People go into Thanksgiving thinking “It’s the holidays; time to cut loose.” Fast forward to Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and you’ve added to your weight, debt, and growing list of incomplete resolutions. That’s a cold way to start the year. This is 2019. We’re standing not only at the beginning of a new year but also a new decade! Don’t you want to head into the 2020s with a running start? It’s not as hard as it sounds — you just need to shake the idea that the holidays are a two-month vacation. I was just as guilty of this as the next person. For me, the holidays were a time of indulgence, especially when I worked for the government. Sure, there were workdays sprinkled between the federal holidays, but no one really got anything done. It was as if everyone went on a mental sabbatical. At first, I thought this was unique to government work. Surely people in the real world had to keep up their hustle no matter what time of year, right? Nope. When I struck out to start this firm, I was flabbergasted to see how many other professionals let things lapse over the holidays. They’d take long vacations, fail to respond to email, and keep irregular office hours. That’s when the gears started turning for me. If I could keep pace during this two-month stretch, I’d have a sixth of a year’s advantage over the competition!

Now, I’m not saying you should throw out your Christmas tree or go to bed early on New Year’s Eve. I’m simply arguing that you shouldn’t let the basic elements of your everyday life and routine fall by the wayside. Forgetting about eating healthy or budgeting your time and money may sound relaxing in the moment, but think about it long term. Coming out of the haze in the middle of January always caused me a huge amount of stress. I felt like I wasted so much critical time right at the start of the year; it wasn’t a good note to begin on. So, I submit to you that a little planning and accountability can take you a long way this holiday season. Start by identifying 2 or 3 manageable and doable actions you can take in December that could actually enhance or improve your life or create some type of leverage or solve a problem or simply make you happy. For some that might mean improving their health; for others, it could be pursuing a lifelong passion. Just remember, you have a month to really kick these changes into gear, so keep them manageable. For example, my three goals for the end of 2019 are all quantifiable and center on my long-term health, personal development, or both. The first is to get an executive physical — like a regular checkup but more in-depth. This will give me a better baseline understanding of what I need to do to stay

healthy for the rest of the year. Second on my list is picking martial arts back up. I practiced Taekwondo in high school and really want to do it again, both for my health and for the mental escape it offers. Last but not least, I want to increase the number of books I read per year. I’ve been managing to hit 24, but I know I can do better. I’m going to make the push for 36, in 2020, come hell or high water. Fittingly enough, it’s this reading that has helped me formulate this end of year strategy. Lately, I’ve become a avid reader of Grant Cardone and Gary Vaynerchuk. I won’t say that you necessarily have to pick up works from these two authors, but you should look for role models and mentors who inspire you. Whatever message resonates and gets you to strive toward your goals and personal happiness is a valuable one. Don’t leave a plan for your happiness until the new year. Start taking actions now, and by the time spring comes, you’ll be amazed at what you accomplished.

Here’s to the new year and the new you.

Merry Christmas! – Lee Berlin

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