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    Are you counting the days or making the days count?

    For us busy, smart, ambitious, driven women it can be an interesting time as we approach the end of the
    year.
    It can either be a time of joy, excitement, and celebration with the Holiday season around the corner or
    it can also be stressful as we realize the year is drawing to a close and we have not made as much
    progress on our personal and professional goals as we set out to do at the beginning of the year.
    Whatever your circumstances are, instead of being hard on yourself and focusing on what you did not
    achieve, pause, reflect and celebrate your successes.
    If you think you don’t have much to celebrate, then here are five great questions to answer:
    1. What accomplishments are you most proud of so far this year?
    2. What excited you most this past year?
    3. How did you surprise yourself this year?
    4. What one word would you use to sum up your year?
    5. What else would you like to achieve before the end of the year?
    Hanging on to a positive vibe in tough times can be challenging, so here are highlights from four women
    who I have crossed paths with this year and I am excited to celebrate their wins out loud with you.

    First there is Winnie, a powerful female entrepreneur based in Australia who is focused on progressing
    Diversity and Inclusion issues for Women of Color. Her goal to have a thriving business is still work in
    progress; however, she continues to work through the road bumps of entrepreneurship and is
    celebrating being a client magnet as her outreach and positioning improves.

    There is Karen, who plays a key role in Fulton County’s education system. This year has been about
    achieving her health and well-being goals. Instead of focusing on the number on the scale that seems to
    barely fluctuate, Karen has joined a group of hikers focused on exploring local nature trails on a weekly
    basis. As a result, Karen is celebrating improvements in her fitness and overall energy level.

    There is Sheila, a Senior Director for a large US based bank. She was on a mission to quit her lucrative
    corporate career because she hated her job. Instead, she realizes her current job is an opportunity to
    grow and stretch her limiting beliefs…and when the time is right (for her) she will transition to another
    job on her own terms.

    Then there is Ms. T, a highly accomplished lawyer in South Africa who is in her early forties. After years
    of undergoing fertility treatment, she had given up on her dream of having her own child; however, just
    this week she called to let me know she had given birth to a beautiful baby boy…Y-E-S!

    As sisters, we have so much to celebrate.

    Deep in our bones, we know that that everything good is worth waiting for but when our left (logical)
    brain gets involves we rationalize things and drive ourselves into a downward spiral focusing on the
    sorrows instead of our successes.

    From a personal experience, I have also learned that everything takes waaaaaayyyy longer than
    expected…and as hard as it is, sometimes we need to slow down to speed up!

    So… as the year winds down don’t hurry the days; more importantly, stop trying to accelerate the
    beginning of the year.

    2022 will be here in soon enough and in the meantime, as Mohammed Ali says…

    “Don’t count the days, make the days count!”

    Kafi London is an expert who specializes in improving leadership morale and engagement. As a global speaker, mentor and podcast host she helps female leaders get fired up about who they are and what they do.

    Kafi is the founder of the global brand, Smart Women on Fire offering in-person and virtual experiences to help female leaders thrive personally and professionally.

    She is also the author of the forthcoming book, Fired Up! How leaders turn up turned on

    If you would like help taking the first step to shift your current situation from where you are to where you want to be…connect with Kafi:

    • Website: smartwomenonfire.com

    • LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/kafilondon/

    • Podcast: smartwomenonfire.com/podcast

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