As the holidays approach, it’s very easy to get caught up in the madness. All of a sudden there’s a whirlwind of factors like holiday get togethers, gifts, money for gifts, obligatory office parties, or that extra 5 pounds waiting in the bushes like a ninja trying to sneak up on you. Let this be your friendly, (but stern), reminder to keep your sanity and stay on the path of defining your path as the holiday season kicks it in high gear.

De-clutter your mind.

Even if you’re not a holiday person, ‘tis the season to have everything thrown in your face all at once as you approach the end of the year on roller skates. Don’t get caught up in the hype. Use this time to reflect on your wins, mini wins, and areas for improvement.

Embrace the word “no.”

The holidays bring out so many events that your calendar can easily get booked up. But that doesn’t mean that you have to say “yes” to every invite you get. If you find yourself being spread too thin, then it’s time to free up your time. Make sure you allocate time for self-development and relaxation. A healthy brand is a happy brand.

Don’t wait for the New Year to “start.”

Instead of waiting for the New Year to cram in all your goals, start taking little steps now. If you want to lose weight, start incorporating better habits now. If you want to get a new job, start preparing now. If you want to change careers, start transitioning now. If you want more time for yourself, make it now. No long-term change happens overnight, so be kind to yourself and realistic while getting your butt in gear.

Tune out the holiday clutter and make this a time of reflection as you get ready for the New Year. Know that although you can’t control the madness around you, you can welcome the opportunity to be mindful and thankful.

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Marietta Gentles Crawford

Writer + Personal Brand Strategist, Founder at MGC Ink
Marietta Gentles Crawford is a writer, personal brand strategist, and author of "From Nine to Thrive: A Guide to Building Your Personal Brand and Elevating Your Career." With over ten years' experience climbing through top corporate and government brands as a writer and trainer, her passion is inspiring professionals to dare mediocrity.
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