For years now Halloween has been the scariest day of the year in my opinion. What is it that makes it so scary?
- It isn’t the adorable kids dressed as spooky ghosts and other things that go bump in the night.
- It isn’t the calories waiting to get us in the bag of goodies that our children bring home and we raid while they sleep.
- It isn’t the giant spider decorations people put on their homes. (ok this one might scare me, although it isn’t the main reason)
The thing that scares me the most about Halloween is that it is the beginning of the holiday season. In other words, it is the beginning of the end for many independent contractors.
As most people celebrate Halloween and flip the calendar to November they unconsciously begin the act of unplugging for the rest of the year.
First, there is the long weekend to launch November as we celebrate our Veterans. Now let’s be very clear, our Veterans deserve to be celebrated daily not just once. The point is that with this day comes a day away from work and aids in the holiday mindset. The fact that it is on a Wednesday this year it now has the chance to mess up a full week of focus.
Next there is the 4 day weekend that Thanksgiving has become. 4 days might not be enough for some of you that make it a full week break and maybe longer if you work some travel in there.
Next thing you know you change the calendar and all of a sudden it is December. Before we know it the kids get out of school again and the rest of the holidays show up and rush past us.
And then the biggest holiday of them all…New Years Eve. Time to finally flip the switch back on. Here is some advance warning…please skip New Years Resolutions this year and just create good habits instead.
Remember, as Halloween approaches and the year rushes to a close ask yourself these questions:
- If you were running a race, wouldn’t you push harder and sprint as the finish line got closer? Then why do we let up with the final days of the year ahead of us?
- If you had to climb a mountain, wouldn’t it be a nice bonus if you could start at least halfway up? That is what finishing strong will do for the start of the next year for you.
Look around the stores you visit, notice anything? That’s right, they skipped Halloween and Thanksgiving and the Christmas decorations are up already. To them, the year is over. How about to you?
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Chadalyst – Time to sprint for the finish line and finish strong so you can start strong next year. Ignore the calendar and remember that much of your competition has started to celebrate the holidays. Take advantage of the opportunity!