As we approach the end of the year it’s always a great time to reflect on what you’ve accomplished and what’s next. One of my favorite things is hearing about the different ‘wins’ Maverick members have each time we get together. And it’s not just all about business. So many of the proud moments we have as entrepreneurs involve the little moments that mean everything.
I’m writing this quick note in my hotel room in the pitch dark, trying to be as quiet as I can as my family sleeps beside me. They’re pretty pooped from all their activities. We’re in Delray Beach for the Family Freedom trip.
We open the event by having each kid introduce his or her mom or dad and say something cool about them. My son, Zack, said he was so happy I changed the Family event from July 4th to New Year’s because he went to camp. He recognized I did that especially for him. Then last night we were cuddled up together and he whispers, “I love you daddy.” Ahhhh….definitely one of those moments where you wish you could stop time.
As this is the 5th year we’ve held the Family Freedom event and it’s been amazing to watch the kids grow up each year.
My daughter, Zoe, really wanted to be captain this year but I told her she was too young. She started crying huge tears. I thought it was the right decision but then later in the night she really surprised me because she jotted down all these examples and lessons from previous years of how to sell better and what to do. She showed me she has been listening. Once again another moment to bottle up and save.
For many years I was obsessed with the next biggest thrill or exciting adventure but today I also can enjoy savoring those magical moments that come when you are completely present. I believe 2014 or 2015 was the year of the ‘selfie’ and that flies in the face of being totally engaged in the moment. My favorite moments of the year weren’t captured on my iPhone but locked in my memory. And I bet when you really think about it, it’s the same for you. I can pinpoint exact points in time this past year when something magical occurred. It could have been an encouraging word from a mentor, a profound moment with my uncle before he passed away, a synchronistic “coincidence”, an inside joke amongst friends, the first Evolved Enterprise book sold, or any number of other magical moments that I wouldn’t pass up for anything else. And that’s exactly what I hope for you in 2016 and beyond. I wish you even more magical Maverick moments that we can share together.