Whether you’re hustling to hit a year-end quota, hosting distant relatives from across the country, figuring out how to balance Christmas shopping and hitting quota while attending the hottest-must-be-present holiday parties, or chasing after outstanding invoices; it comes as no surprise that this is an incredibly stressful time.
For all of us.
There is the existential stress that comes as the year nears its end. We assess where we are in our lives and determine if we’re achieving our life goals or not. Thanks to Facebook and Instagram, comparison swiftly becomes the thief of joy, and suddenly our #2017bestnine collage isn’t as sexy as the insta-famous blogger you’ve been following since 2012.
Sometimes it’s not just about hitting quota — on the revenue charts or likes on your latest social media post — sometimes it’s the overwhelming weight of being content in the very moment you are offered before being able to move onto what’s next.
Over the past few weeks I’ve read posts on LinkedIn about SDRs who came dashing through your inboxes like a herd of reindeers in heat; only to leave jarring commentary that belittled said salesperson (likely hustling to hit quota).
“So and so should have been more personal, more respectful of my time, more understanding, less intrusive of my inbox, etc.”
There’s no reason for me to dive into these conversations further, other than to offer the suggestion to be a little kinder with your words, and to know that your words as an influencer can be especially damaging to a person who is in the early days of their career at a hyper-growth company.
This is by no means justifying poor communication or outreach, but rather an attempt to take the feedback offline, out of the public feed.
Some people are ferociously applying for jobs during the holiday season, some are wrestling with the decision to leave their 9-to-5 roles and pursue their side hustle full-time, and some are re-entering the workforce after maternity leave / sabbatical / health scares.
Be a little kinder than usual.
Those repetitive emails that may come as a nuisance to you are another person’s hustle to receive an update before the end of the year. Whether it’s to financially forecast for their families, make a relocation decision, or put the side hustle on the back-burner, take a moment to provide an update if you can. Write that check if you are able, make yourself available for a coffee or call if you are willing and able.
If you’re the one hustling, opening up that spreadsheet to map your 2018 goals, or looking at ways to bootstrap your side hustle, I’ll leave you with this;
An excerpt from the archives of Ralph Marston, The Daily Motivator:
You are right where you should be at this moment. Now it is time to move on to what is next. Whether your life up to this point has been easy or whether it has been difficult, you are here just the same. And your destiny does not care about your past. There are plenty of reasons why you find yourself here at this time. What matter much more, though, are the reasons you now have for moving forward.
As good as they have been, your triumphs of the past are now little more than pleasant memories. As painful as they once were, your past failures are now behind you. Do you realize how completely free you are at this very moment?
You must have yourself on your own side if you intend to make any progress. You won’t get very far if you’re working against your own doubt or resentment. If you’re going to do it, commit yourself fully to it. Commitment is a decision you make for yourself, regardless of the circumstances, regardless of whose idea it was originally.
Commitment means putting your heart into whatever you’re doing. If you have no desire to be fully committed, then you really have no reason to merely go through the motions.
Instead of fighting against your own resistance, be supported and lifted, pushed forward by your own commitment. It will make the difference between failure and success.
Today is your opportunity to fully taste that freedom and to finally get beyond the limits you’ve imposed on yourself.
Reach inside, touch your most compelling purpose, and bring your best possibilities to life.
So with that, go forth, be kind and finish strong!
I’d love to hear your tips and tricks for combatting some of life’s toughest stressors during the holiday season. Or how to secretly slip into the living room from the dining table to catch a little NBA/NFL action.
Written by 31south Co-Founder Tami McQueen
As a digital marketing and communications visionary with over a decade of strategic experience in B2B and B2C markets, Tami has an insatiable desire to drive an innovative approach that fuels disruption in emerging markets. Tami’s expertise centers on field marketing, go-to-market brand strategy, public relations and corporate communications, and account-based initiatives across multiple platforms. A champion for experiential marketing and taking big risks to gain traction, her heart beats a gentle intensity for creating memorable experiences and building brand champions.