Is it appropriate to send out Christmas cards in February for the Christmas that just passed?
I checked the rulebook. Didn’t see a rule, so I went ahead and sent the Christmas cards in February.
I should say my wife and I did it. Oh, and this wasn’t the first time. In fact, typically we never send out our annual Christmas card until some time in the new year.
Go ahead. Tell me I’m not organized. I don’t care. We do it because it is what works for us.
If we were to try and get cards out in early December, we would have to start in September. Simply put, we don’t have time to do it. Go ahead and throw more stones. I’m a big kid. I can handle it.
We do it because it’s what works for us.
My purpose in telling you this is simple. Don’t worry about what others might think. Embrace the freedom to do what works for you.
Too many times we do things only because that’s what is expected of us. Remember when you were a kid and your mom wouldn’t let you have a soda for breakfast?
Why do we limit our activities based of what others might think or based on historical norms?
Leadership is about leading, not following. That means you as a leader should be setting the norms, rather than allowing others to set them for you.
When we limit our thinking based on historical norms or “the way it’s always been done” we lose sight of the breakthroughs we’re all capable of making.
I’m proud of the fact my wife and I are comfortable sending out Christmas cards in February. It fits our schedule, it doesn’t add stress to our already hectic lives and in the end we’re going to do what we want to do — not what somebody else expects.
What is the “Christmas card” activity in your life you need to change?
Go ahead change it and you’ll be amazed at what freedom you find yourself having — freedom to do what you want to do when you want to do it.
Copyright 2014, Mark Hunter “The Sales Hunter.” Sales Motivation Blog. Mark Hunter is the author of High-Profit Selling: Win the Sale Without Compromising on Price.