"Thanksgiving in Family Business"
Updated: Oct 5
I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting this Thanksgiving, since just over a year ago I sold my family insurance brokerage.
It’s been an interesting year, with a lot of ups and downs. While not everything happened as I planned, I’ve been fortunate to have had the opportunity to work on some challenging and meaningful projects with my clients.
I’ve written content, mystery shopped, trained, made connections, managed relationships, written workflows, public speaking, marketing strategy, and much more.
And yet, there is always a part of me that is going to nag “that is not enough”.
Does this sound familiar?
As family business owners, we need to calm the hyper achiever the heck down so that we can preserve our sanity, protect our assets, and keep our batteries charged to be of service to our clients.
Here is the simple process I’ve found works best for me and that I recommend to my clients;
It starts with booking a meeting with myself. This has to be non negotiable, no interruptions, and treated as just as important as any other meeting.
I grab my favorite journal and my phone, so I can look through my calendar for the last month. I write a list of my accomplishments, both business and personal, and make sure I give myself time to really let that sink in.
Then, it’s time to share with others – family business owners, my inner circle. In my insurance brokerage, we had a Thanksgiving potluck lunch each year, which was a great opportunity to talk about business wins, lessons, and share personal stories of gratitude. I found that this tradition with my staff also helped to calm down my achiever tendencies as they often added more stories and examples of the progress we had made.
This year, I won’t have staff to have a potluck Thanksgiving lunch with. Instead, I’ll be sharing with my husband and my inner circle. And, I’m attending an online retreat that will help me to continue to make progress towards my ever expanding Vision. Yes, the achiever in me always wants to keep moving forward; I’m just doing it now from a place of calmness and flow. Let me know if you’d like to connect and learn more about it.