How Important Will Your Family Be in 2014?

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How Important Will Your Family Be in 2014?

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By now, most of you will have received several “Happy New Year’s” wishes. Have you paused to define what will make 2014 a happier and more successful year for you?

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In this and future newsletters, I will provide insights and tips on how you can improve in several elements of your life. If you haven’t done so, read my previous newsletter, in which I discussed how to assess what did and did not work well in your life during 2013.

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This month I will start with family. Why? Because based on both my own personal experience and observations, family tends to be the No. 1 answer when we are asked about our top priority in life. Unfortunately, we don’t always reflect this in the way we live our lives. As the saying goes: “Remember, people will judge you by your actions, not your intentions.”

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Here are a few suggestions and tips on how you can “walk the talk” about family:

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1. Learn from the wisdom of others. On New Year’s Day, I reviewed a list of inspirational quotes and sayings with family and friends. We analyzed several of them and generated many insights that fed our priority-decision process for 2014 and beyond. One of them, for example, reaffirmed the importance of setting specific goals for the year and of having a system to track their progress regularly. I suggest you follow a similar exercise with your family. Here is a list of family-related quotes to get you started:

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  • As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live. —Pope John Paul II
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  • A family is a place where principles are hammered and honed on the anvil of everyday living.—Charles Swindoll
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  • The most important thing a father can do for his children is to love their mother.—Henry Ward Beecher
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  • In family life, love is the oil that eases friction, the cement that binds closer together, and the music that brings harmony. —Eva Burrows
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  • A family is a place where minds come in contact with one another.—Buddha
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  • Disorder in the society is the result of disorder in the family.—St. Elizabeth Ann Seton
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  • There is no doubt that it is around the family and the home thar all the greatest virtues, the most dominating virtues of human society, are created, strengthened and maintained. —Winston Churchill
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  • Your responsibility as parents is to ensure your children meet you in Heaven. —F. Hesburgh
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2. Learn from best practices of happy families. What can you learn? Here are some examples that I have learned by observing throughout the years what happy families do:

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  • Respect your elders: I learned this from the way my parents treated their mothers.
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  • Practice open (and respectful) communication: Openness is key, but in a respectful way.
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  • Family gatherings are still important: I am comforted to still find families who get together on Sundays, with up to four generations present.
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  • Pray as a family: You may have heard the phrase “The family that prays together stays together.” I started this practice when I was transitioning between jobs. It truly helped unite my family during a difficult period in our lives.
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3. Commit to a plan. What is the one thing you will do differently during 2014 to improve your family life? Involve all family members in the decision. Once agreed, set up a recurring reminder in your cell phone or post a sign on a visible place at home. Start now.

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In the next newsletter, I will share suggestions to improve your professional role in 2014. Stay tuned!

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I want to close this newsletter with two quotes on the importance of family. The first one is from Thomas Jefferson: “The happiest moments of my life have been the few which I have passed at home in the bosom of my family.” The second one is from Zig Ziglar, motivational author and speaker: “People who have good relationships at home are more effective in the marketplace.” As you embark on this journey, count on me to help you succeed.

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I want to remind you that you have until end of January to purchase my book, The Business Apostolate: Insights to Define and Achieve Your Mission in Life, with a promotional 25% discount for newsletter readers. Just click here and enter code X7UD2CN5. It can make a nice New Year’s gift for relatives, friends, co-workers, or customers.

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Percy M. Cannon\nAuthor, Business Consultant and Professional Coach\nwww.cannonbalance.com

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