A 2nd Chance Raising the Barr Weekly Memo: Issue 142

This week’s reflection point: This is the time of year when I celebrate the Jewish New Year and the days of Awe. Today is Yom Kippur, (Day of Atonement), the holiest of days. It is the day that we ask for forgiveness for past wrong doings, to our family and friends, and we are also given the chance to reflect on our past year, and how we may improve in the future–perhaps a second chance.

Most individuals and organizations I meet, constantly strive to improve and explore various ways to raise the bar. Whether setting big goals and action plans or investing in their infrastructure and knowledge, they set the pressure to make it their best year ever.

Usually, it is a positive pressure you put on yourself but, I have also observed that this pressure may bring with it stress, disappointments of not reaching one’s goals, additional loss of revenues, wrong decision-making and even illness or market elimination.

So on this special Day of Atonement, as we ask for forgiveness, we should also learn to forgive and be kind to ourselves, cut ourselves a bit of slack, stop beating ourselves up about the past, and realize that today has the potential to become an amazing day and begin the journey towards a successful year. [tweetthis display_mode=”box”]Everyday we are given a 2nd chance to make it our best day, ever![/tweetthis]

This week’s tip: Begin each day by realizing that you’ve been given the opportunity to improve on the days that have passed and make this new day an incredible one. Call it your daily 2nd chance.

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