By Tom Sponsel, CPA/ABV, CFF
As unprecedented political events flood your newsfeed these days, you may find it difficult to focus on tasks at hand. Your most critical objective should be to focus on what you can control — within your business and your personal life.
In the midst of political upheaval and the continuing impact of COVID, your stakeholders are looking toward their leader for inspiration and the confident, proper path forward.
Confidence is key, especially during times like these. If you brush away the dust of 2020 and enter this year with an assured attitude, your demeanor will rub off on stakeholders and everyone’s spirits will lift up the company. Move forward cautiously and with prudent skepticism, but hold your head high as you do so.
Persevering through tough times can bring out the best in us. As renowned psychiatrist and author Elisabeth Kübler-Ross said: “People are like stained-glass windows. They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light from within.”
Don’t discount your impact on your team and individual members thereof. A leader’s positivity can go a long way, not only in motivating team members to be more productive but in helping them through personal struggles as well. We all hoped that once the ball dropped on 2021 that a new day would spring up, but the past couple of weeks have been very dismantling for many. This is when a TRUE LEADER rises to the occasion.
Set your company up for the positives you were expecting for 2021. What initiatives did COVID disrupt that you can get back to work on now? What alternative services did you offer during quarantine that you can expand upon? What did you learn about yourself and your team that you previously thought would be impractical to implement? Whatever you do, keep moving forward. A body in motion stays in motion. Think about this quote from actor Robert Downey Jr., who knows a thing or two about getting knocked down and picking yourself up: “Moving forward, as though you have the confidence to move forward, eventually gives you confidence when you look back and see what you’ve done.”