Just wanted to share a few Christmas pictures I received from some employees. 🙂 Kim
As most of us come back to work today a few pounds heavier and tired from all the family gatherings and festivities, let’s not forget to push toward ending 2013 on a high note. I have no doubts that 2014 will be our best year ever and there is no better way to start the year off right than by ending this year at your goal. I trust that each of you had a Merry Christmas and I look forward to a great 2014!
As 2014 quickly approaches, many of us will soon find ourselves reflecting on the past and thinking about things we want to change and/or improve upon in the New Year. For many, these New Year’s resolutions will include eating better, exercising more and other things they can do to live a healthier lifestyle. Blue Cross & Blue Shield of MS wants to make it as easy as possible to start and maintain your healthier lifestyle choices. That is why they have partnered with select wellness centers throughout the state, usually affiliated with their network hospitals, to provide discounts to their members. Simply show your current Blue Cross & Blue Shield of MS ID card when signing up at a participating facility to receive the discount at that particular location. For more information on the Wellness Center Discount Program, please visit http://www.bcbsms.com/index.php?q=wellness-center-discount-program.html.
The greatest wealth is health. ~Virgil
Lose weight, quit smoking, become debt free, be a better person. These activities must be lots of fun because I know people who work hard to do them every single year!
According to figures I found online roughly half of American’s will make some form of New Year’s resolution this January and, of those, approximately 88% will fail. I kept looking online and found some tips to help us all make better resolutions for 2014.
- Attitude: Start the process of change with a positive and healthy attitude. Make as many of the resolutions “I will” commitments, as opposed to “I will not. . .”
- Be Specific: When thinking about your goal, be exact as possible. People who set specific goals are more likely to succeed. For example, “I will attend yoga twice per week” instead of “I will exercise.” Or, “I will save 20 dollars each paycheck,” rather than “I will save money.”
- Put it in writing. Write down exactly what you want to achieve and post it in a place where you will see it every day. This will help remind you what you are working toward.
- Set realistic goals. When you think about setting goals, make sure they are within your reach. Be mindful of your finances, schedule, and other personal affairs. Many people forget to think about these facts and, as a result, set unrealistic goals for themselves.
- Develop an action plan. Create a timeline with steps toward your goal. Set deadlines for each step and cross them off as you go. Sometimes, just crossing things off and watching your list get smaller can give you a sense of accomplishment and help you keep going.
- Believe in yourself. Stay positive about your progress. Share your goal with a friend or family member and ask them to keep your spirits up.
- Be flexible. Keep in mind that setbacks can happen. Don’t become discouraged and give up. Your hard work will pay off!
- Reward yourself. Acknowledge your achievements, even the small ones. Reaching a goal takes hard work and you should be proud of your efforts.
My challenge to you today is to pick that one personal goal you have been wanting to accomplish for some time now and use this helpful list to make you successful towards that goal. Good luck!
This will be my last post until after Christmas so I would like to wish all of our team members a very Merry Christmas. — Luke
“Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, everything is softer and more beautiful.” Norman Vincent Peale
All of our businesses have either four or five working days left before Christmas. These remaining days have the potential to be the busiest and most productive of the year! We should have the opportunity to serve some customers for the first time during this busy period. This is a great opportunity for us to display exceptional customer service that goes above and beyond expectations. Good luck to everyone during these busy days!
Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echos are truly endless.
Know what your customers want most and what your company does best. Focus on where those two meet.
Do what you do so well that they will want to see it again and bring their friends.
Have a great day…..Louis
At our company Christmas party, Gladys from the Kosciusko store asked me multiple times if I had seen Jon Jon. I finally asked her why she needed to find Jon Jon…..her response made me smile and I wanted to share with all of you. She said that the internet and telephone had been down at her store all Friday afternoon. She did not want her Friday report to be late so she wrote all the information down and brought it to the Christmas party to give to Jon Jon. If we could all care so much about doing our job both timely and accurately, how much better could we be as a company? A thought for the day…….. – Happy Hump Day Everyone!
This past Saturday we made our annual Christmas visit to Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital. As always, it was a very humbling and gratifying experience. Thank you to Laken, Chelsea, Anglea, Dorrice, Dena and her daughter for making the trip! Have a great day! Meredith
Below is a picture that Heather Brewington shared with me while I was in her office. She said that recently her husband took two of their daughters on a hunting trip and this was the first time they were allowed to be in a deer stand alone. Later in the day her husband called and said they had a huge problem! He said he heard a gunshot and about two minutes later he heard another shot. After sending a couple of text messages to both daughters he discovered they both shot a deer! However, after getting out of his own stand to take a further look he realized they both shot the same deer! Both girls were ecstatic about killing the deer but he had to play his cards right to smooth over feelings of who killed it since they are so competitive! In the end he had them convinced that it took both gunshots to kill this size of a deer and that two heads are always better than one! Janna