We love the Seize the Year calendar that Jesse Phillips created, and we’ve happily sold them in the Echo Hub Store the last couple months. It has been challenging for our team (and for me personally) to think about the year to come as a blank calendar — the possibilities, the goals, the hard work. The calendar was designed to help you put pen to paper, put that paper on the wall, and, well, seize the year. What a great idea!
Then, the other day I saw another great idea for how to use the same calendar. Rena Kosiek (Marketing Coordinator at Willow Creek Association) tweeted about how her team was using the calendar: to keep tracks of wins. As I said before, what a great idea! In fact, the RT Creative Group team liked that idea so much that we implemented it in our conference room. We still use one Seize the Year calendar to plot out where we’d like to go in 2012, but we’re using another one to keep track of what we accomplish and when we accomplish it.
When we complete projects, when we reach milestones, when we ship, it goes on the calendar. When we come together in the conference room, we have a visual catalog of our wins in 2012, and we can use it to celebrate and be thankful. We can use the win calendar to capitalize on the momentum we have as an organization—or to kick ourselves in our collective rear if we need to.
I’m really excited about what it’ll be like to look at that calendar as a team in late December or early January. I think we’ll all benefit from revisiting the story of what God has done in and through us. I imagine that your team or organization could benefit from that too. As such, I really encourage you to seize the wins in 2012, whether you use the Seize the Year calendar to facilitate it or not.
If you would like to use the Seize the Year calendar for that purpose, here’s the deal: we’ve got a handful of calendars left and we’re marking them down to $20 (from $30). When they’re gone, they’re gone, so grab one quick.
But most important, seize the wins. You’ll be glad you did.
Scott McClellan is the Editor of Echo Hub and the Director of Echo Conference. You can follow him on Twitter: @scottmcclellan.