I’m not going to make this a long post. It’s Christmas Eve. My Wife and Kids are doing a little last minute shopping, and they’ve left me alone for a few hours. I have some friends and family I’ve been writing to, but I also want to take some time to say a special “Merry Christmas” to you, my customers and readers. Thank you for making me and the rest of our CPA Site Solutions family a part of your life. I really want you to know how much we appreciate your attention, your custom, your friendship, and your trust.
I’ve always been a huge Tony Robbins fan. When I suffered some personal business setbacks many years ago it was one of his seminars that helped snap me out of my funk and put me back on the road to taking care of myself, my family, and my customers.
During this seminar Tony talked about a business strategy he called CANI. CANI is an acronym for “Continuous And Never-Ending Improvement”. It’s a simple system really. It is based on the concept that the key to business success is to make sure that you are always offering the best possible service for the best possible price and means that every day, every day, you sit down and take some time to ask yourself a simple question. What can I do to make the product or service I’m offering better. Once that’s done, all that remains is to muster the will to act on what you’ve learned.
I’ve applied this concept to every aspect of my life, not just my business. And it has made my life better. I have a wonderful life. I have a beautiful wife and two amazing children I love with all my heart. I have a great job that I look forward to doing every day. I have real friends that I can count on.
I cannot recommend highly enough that you take some time every day and apply CANI to your business, and your life, too.
I would also like to humbly suggest that we also apply this concept to one another.
Times are hard. We’ve been at war pretty much continuously for more than a decade. We’re recovering from the worst economic downturn since the great depression. The country is more polarized than I have ever seen before. As a country we are tearing ourselves apart to the point that we are staring down the barrel of a complete political meltdown.
I don’t pretend to have a solution to this, but I can’t help but wonder what would happen if, in the spirit of the holiday, we applied CANI to our politics, too. And I’m not talking about politicians. I don’t honestly have a lot of hope for them. I’m talking about the rest of us. Maybe it would be a good idea if we each spent a half hour or so asking ourselves what we might do, personally, to reach out to and understand the people we disagree with.
I’m not asking you to start a third party or solve the financial crisis with an ingenious soundbite. I’m not sure it’s wise to try to convince anyone of anything. But what would happen if each of us reached out to just ONE person we don’t see eye to eye with and tried to find a spirit of compromise between us? After all… isn’t compromise about finding common ground? And I think we can all agree that whatever we may disagree about, we all sincerely care about one another and our country, and we all would happily wish one another a “Merry Christmas”.
Hey… it may not help one bit, but it couldn’t hurt. And it may not save the world, but it may spare a few friendships. It may also remind us that while we may disagree on the means, pretty much all of us are working toward the same end. If we cannot agree, we can agree to disagree civilly and with an understanding that what can be done can just as easily be undone.
I guess that’s it. Peace on earth is an awful big order. How about just a little peace among friends?
Anyway, in closing (as a very wise man once said)…
“MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL, AND TO ALL A GOOD NIGHT!”