To a Successful 2013

Ding Dong, it’s time to ring in a New Year.  How did you perform in 2012?  Do you have goals ready for 2013?

At Montgomery Enterprises we stress the importance of setting and working towards both professional and personal goals.  Many of you have attained certain professional goals this year as was apparent with the awards handed out at our annual Christmas party earlier this month.  On top of those receiving awards at the Christmas party numerous employees hit monthly and quarterly goals throughout 2012.  To those of you who were able to hit your professional goals this year we want to say “Congratulations”.  To those who came up short with particular goals now is the time to evaluate strengths and weaknesses and to develop a game plan to be successful in 2013.

Now is also the perfect time to set personal goals for 2013.  The work you do to improve yourself and family is more important than the work you do during the workday so it only makes sense to continually strive to reach personal goals.   Good luck to all of you with both your professional and personal goals in 2013!  . . .  Luke

A year from now you may wish you had started today.”  ―    Karen Lamb

and for those who came up short with certain goals . . .

“A goal is not always meant to be reached, it often serves simply as something to aim at.”  ―    Bruce Lee

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MoneyMattersLending.com

We finally have a live website to help us continue our roll out with our new name and logo of Money Matters.  Go to www.moneymatterslending.com to check out our new web page.  We think the web designers did a great job at making the site both professional yet simple to navigate.  Over the next several months we will attempt to build up an awareness of this site with our customers and potential customers.  And, over the next few years as our industry evolves we feel that the internet could play a larger role in our business so we felt that it was in the company’s best interest to go ahead and begin developing a web presence.

I am not scheduled to blog again until after Christmas so please let me wish all of our employees and their families a very Merry Christmas.  I hope you have a wonderful holiday season.  — Luke

“Unless we make Christmas an occasion to share our blessings, all the snow in Alaska won’t make it ‘white’.”  Bing Croby

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IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR

No, I’m not referring to Christmas.  I’m referring to the time of year we make “New Year’s Resolutions.”  The new year is a great time time evaluate, plan, and set goals or resolutions.  A quick Google search tells me 35% of resolutions are broken before the end of January and only 23% of resolutions are kept for the year. 

I received an email yesterday on the topic of resolutions and helpful hints to keep them.  The email claimed the real key is “advanced planning.”  Below are are few more helpful hints shared in the email:

-Build a plan

-Share it with those close to you

-Post the plan so you will see it regularly

-It all starts with one plan

I hope these tips are helpful as you make your resolutions!

Louis

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Lordy Lordy!

 

Jana assist Shane with the MANY candles.

Shane is Forty!  Tuesday a party was held at the Fulton office for Shane’s fortieth birthday.  Happy Birthday Shane! — Luke

“To me, old age is always ten years older than I am.”  John Burroughs

 

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Rediscovering the True Spirit of Christmas

During this busy Christmas season, my 5 year-old daughter has reminded me of what the true spirit of Christmas is all about – that it is better to give than to receive and that gifts from the heart are a part of the true spirit of Christmas.   She has went through countless sheets of paper, glue and tape over the past couple of weeks.  She has made more messes than I care to think about but it’s all been in the true spirit of Christmas.  She colors the paper and glues and/or tapes it over an item in her room.  Sometimes, she even finds bows in the house and tapes it on top.  She then proudly presents it to someone – beaming with excitement as she waits for them to open the present.  She worked especially hard on a gift that she took to her teacher this week.  I couldn’t help but laugh when her teacher opened it and saw that it contained Cinderella shoes, a crown, a necklace and princess gloves (all from Holly’s room).

As I was thinking about what she was doing, the thought occurred to me that we should all do the same for our co-workers.  Your budget may not allow you to do much, but that doesn’t mean you can’t find ways to show appreciation for them. Do some sleuthing to discover more about your co-workers. Learn their likes, interests, tastes, and hobbies. As 2013 approaches, repeatedly invest in your workplace relationships in small ways such as taking them out for lunch or remembering and celebrating their birthday. Over time, your consistent, intentional efforts will deepen your relationships with others, and you will gain greater influence and enjoyment at work.

I’ll close with three quotes I read this week that I thought were really good:

Christmas gift suggestions:  To your enemy, forgiveness.  To an opponent, tolerance.  To a friend, your heart.  To a customer, service.  To all, charity.  To every child, a good example.  To yourself, respect.  ~Oren Arnold

Never worry about the size of your Christmas tree.  In the eyes of children, they are all 30 feet tall.  ~Larry Wilde, The Merry Book of Christmas

One of the most glorious messes in the world is the mess created in the living room on Christmas day.  Don’t clean it up too quickly.  ~Andy Rooney

Rachel

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Do I Have to Choose?

Have you ever set a goal and worked extremely hard on  it only to find out after achieving it you didn’t get the fulfillment that you expected?  If so, you are not alone.  I have experienced this many times.

We often blog about about the importance of setting goals and the action it takes to achieve these goals.  We sometimes fail to mention the importance of  “enjoying the journey” along the way.  As I look back at goals I have achieved, especially those achieved in a team or group enviroment, often times the journey or the process of working toward the goal is actually a more memorable experience than the moment the goal is achieved.   

I believe that goals are not only important but necessary.  I also know the importance of enjoying your daily activities at work as well as  being an enjoyable person to be around.  I think the key, as with most things in life, is finding the correct balance between working hard to achieve your goals as well as enjoying the daily activities along the path of achievement. 

Life is a journey, not a destination.

Ralph Waldo

 

Have a great day…Louis

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A FEW QUOTES FOR THURSDAY

For success, attitude is equally as important as ability.

Harry F. Banks

The world belongs to the energetic.

Ralph Walso Emerson

Few women and fewer men have enough character to be idle.

Edward V. Lucas

Our life is what our thoughts make it.

Marcus Aurelius Antoninus

 

Have a great day..Louis

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Thanks Lynn!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This past Monday morning we became aware that we left someone out of the program during our company Christmas party the other night.  Due to a computer error Lynn Johnson was not recognized as one of Montgomery Enteprises’ Ten Year Employees.  Although we were embarrassed by our oversight, we turned the problem into an opportunity and hosted Lynn to a Ten Year Lunch party on Monday with cake and trimmings.

Over the last ten years Lynn has served the company in many different capacities.  Her willingness to serve where needed and her natural work ethic make her a top performer.  Thanks for ten great years Lynn!  —  Luke

“Work Ethic seems to be universally accepted as one of the most important factors contributing to one’s success. The harder you work – the more successful you’ll be. “Do a bunch by lunch…be a winner by dinner!” ~ Unknown

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Burning Bridges

A friend of mine recently sent me a blog to read that I thought was really good so I wanted to summarize and share the main points with all of you….

As leaders, we all have bridges to our pasts. We have connections that reach across time, linking us to our previous experiences. These bridges can benefit us by providing access to a storehouse of pleasant memories and helpful lessons. However, these bridges can also harm us by keeping us in contact with traumatic events in our personal history.“The hardest thing to learn in life,” writes David Sanders, “is to know which bridge to cross and which bridge to burn.” Here are  four bridges to the past that a leader would be wise to set ablaze.

Bridge #1: Wrongs Done to Us

Be a good forgetter. Business dictates it, and success demands it.” Forgiveness allows you to be free from the nightmares of the past and to reclaim your dreams for the future.  We burn bridges to past injuries by taking the high road. Revenge may feel like the preferable path, but ultimately it keeps us bound to our hurt. If there are people who have wronged you, do yourself a favor and give them something they don’t deserve but desperately need: the gift of forgiveness. It’s a gift that, once given, offers something in return.

Bridge #2: The Unfairness of Life

Life’s circumstances aren’t equal for everyone. At times, we encounter bad luck; our lives are beset by hardships that our friends have the good fortune to avoid.  Rather than permitting misfortunes to drag us down, we ought to develop an attitude which takes them in stride as an inevitable part of life. In this way, we empower ourselves to rise above life’s difficulties instead of being passive victims of them.

Bridge #3: Growth Inhibitors

Bad habits serve as bridges to the past. We persist in them because they’re familiar and because it’s painful to part with them. However, they prevent us from growing to our potential.  Breaking unhealthy patterns of behavior requires making hard decisions. We have to  be willing to exchange short-term comfort for long-term gain.

Bridge #4: Our Own Stupidity

Some people cannot seem to let go of failure. Instead of learning from setbacks, they allow mistakes to define them. By forgiving ourselves, we burn the bridge to our past failures and free ourselves to move forward.

Rachel

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Hope to See You Saturday

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It seems like only a few weeks ago we pulled Michelle Woods’ name out of a hat for the Grand Prize four night cruise. Actually, that was one year ago at our annual company Christmas party. I am looking forward to seeing many of you this weekend in Tupelo for this year’s Christmas event. Most everyone is signed up to attend as we are expecting around 180 attendees.

The Area Managers have been working hard making the necessary plans to make the party another success.  We have some fun and exciting things lined up so we hope you can make it this Saturday evening.

Have a great day! —  Luke

“At Christmas play and make good cheer, for Christmas comes but once a year.”  Thomas Tusser

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