Are You Just Spending Time…or Investing?

December is a time of reflection for many of us, as we approach the end of one year and the start of another. Recently, I ran across a quote from Helen Keller that I thought fit this spirit well, and I wanted to share it with you here.
I will not just live my life.
I will not just spend my life.
I will invest my life.

As you probably know, Helen Keller was an incredible woman who, despite being born both blind and deaf, became an accomplished author, speaker, and activist. She invested her life helping others, and the world was better for it. In her lifetime, she inspired many with her words and actions alike, even earning the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Lyndon Johnson in 1964.

I like the idea of life as an investment. Unfortunately, in our busy and hectic world, it can be easy sometimes to forget that time is our most precious commodity and that we must do more than spend it. We must invest it in the people we care about, the causes that inspire us, and the businesses we’re working to grow.

So how are you investing your life? And how do you plan to invest it in the year ahead?

Michelangelo once wrote, “The greatest danger for most of us is not that our aim is too high and we miss it, but that it is too low and we reach it.” Make sure you’re aiming high and investing your life wisely.

Every year at our shop, we have a goal sheet that I have the employees fill out. It consists of personal goals, for 1 year and up to 5 years.  I also include request for goals for personal growth within their department here at work.  What training they would like, where they see there department going and anything else. This has been an amazing way to develop a better understanding of our employees and a bridge for us to support them in there personal life as things come up.  It is also an eye opener, for us in the business too, because, truely, when an employee is goal orientated – when they have ideas, they own them and it is so much easier to develop in training and growth within each department, and sometimes further than trying to implement it on my own.