July 4th in Cleveland, OH is marked by the parades, concerts, picnics, festivals, and fireworks shows that traditionally mark the holiday. On July 1, the weekend started off with a Cleveland Orchestra concert and fireworks show on Public Square. Both were spectacular, and the skies were clear, but the mood of the crowd was tied to something else entirely. Local sports hero LeBron James became a free agent on Thursday, so would be courted by other NBA teams over the holiday weekend. The concert included a video aimed at keeping LeBron with the Cleveland Cavaliers. Regardless of how that drama plays out, July 1 (and the days following, when LeBron will finalize his choice) marks the beginning of a new day for Cleveland sports. Either LeBron will move on and Cleveland will find a new hero, or he will stay to fight for a championship under a new coach.
LeBron fever aside, the 4th is the kickoff for the rest of the year. Six months down, six to go. This makes it a great time to reassess the past and plan for the future. July 4th resolutions anyone?
We also know that making change is not tied to a date. Commitment is internal. Many who begin diets or stop smoking on January 2nd admit failure shortly thereafter - until they find a compelling reason to make changes. Nonetheless, the midpoint of the year is a good time to check whether the direction you have taken over the past six months is on track.
You accountant can provide the data for the financial analyses, but you need to look at the rest. Is your business running smoothly? Are you finding yourself tied up in numerous details that make you busy, but not productive? Did you write your goals for the year? Are you on track?
Regardless of your answers, this may be a good time to make some changes. You may find it is time to delegate some work to in-house or virtual assistants. This is not as easy as it sounds. Part of the reason you are still doing some tasks you do is that you are highly invested in them. You may know the ins and outs of how a task like your lead follow-up program works, so explaining it will take time. Or maybe you regard your database as so precious that you don't want outsiders working on it. Perhaps you like to dabble with blogging or website design. For you to successfully delegate work to lighten your load, you must do the following to pull it off successfully:
• Decide what you want to delegate;
• Commit yourself to thoroughly training whoever will be taking over;
• Give the new person (or team) a chance to learn the process, which may mean some trial and error, and
• Try not to micromanage.
July 4th brings it home that life is changing. Children who graduated last month are off to college shortly, so 4th of July celebrations may mark something exciting ahead. In my own family, two of my nieces and two of my nephews recently became engaged to their perfect matches. One more is off to medical school, and one of the engaged kids is going off to a semester of graduate school before taking the intelligent woman who looks like a fairy princess to be his wife. Younger children are maturing a bit before entering the next grade.
For the rest of us, the months ahead may not involve a planned change like a new grade, a new wife, or a new life. Unprompted by an event, we must take the steps to initiate change that will help us. Deciding that we need to delegate some tasks at this midpoint of the year and laying out the steps to make the transition smooth will increase the likelihood of success.
Thinking it may be time to delegate so you can focus on other aspects of your business? If so, now is the time to schedule a call with Steve Kantor to see how a part time virtual assistant can transform your business. Interested in a part time career with us? Visit our website for more information to get the rest of the year on track
PS: If you read this post in hope of familiarizing yourself with holiday activities in Cleveland, OH, here's what happening:
Fireworks on Cuyahoga River's mouth of Lake Erie are set for 10 p.m. They are visible from miles around for free.
For a particularly good view, watch from onboard the William G. Mather at the Great Lakes Science Center, 601 Erieside Ave., as part of a Rock and Boom evening, which starts at 6 pm and costs $12 for nonmembers.
Or, start with the Family Fest in the Flats at 6:30 pm at the RTA Settler's Landing Station, 1500 Old River Road, and enjoy Euclid Beach nostalgia: rocket ship rides, Humphrey popcorn and more. (Euclid Beach Park was a beloved amusement park that closed in 1969 but lives on in Cleveland tradition.) In case of rain, the fireworks will be Monday.
Want something else? Take a look at this list of the Top Ten Ways to Celebrate July 4th in Cleveland.
P.S.S. There may be fireworks later in the week depending on whether LeBron stays or goes.
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