I’ve always wondered what Auld Lang Syne meant and where it came from, ever since I first heard it in Frank Capra’s timeless Christmas tale (and my personal favorite) It’s A Wonderful Life.
Such a strange phrase, rarely one even knows how to spell it, and many are left wondering when asked to sing it with the words, the phrase “Auld Lang Syne” comes from the Scots language (not to be confused with Scottish Gaelic) and roughly translates to: Old Long Since or Time Gone By.
It’s a song for reminiscing, a song for remembering the good old days, the good times, and good relationships. Raising a glass for the positive road traveled behind us, as we get ready to travel more ahead.
Fun Fact: Auld Lang Syne had nothing to do with New Years until 1929 when Guy Lombardo lead his band in a segue between two radio programs in a live performance in New York City’s Roosevelt Hotel. The lyrics and emotion of the moment became forever embedded in American culture and cemented Auld Lang Syne’s position as New Year’s theme forever.
So, with such a time to reminisce, the question is: will you regret the past or will the past excite you for a new future?
Was 2015 A Success, A Failure, Or A Missed Opportunity?
Much of how we look at next year comes from how our current and/or previous year went. How did your year in business go? Were you able to reach your goals, or were you too busy to worry about making any? Were you able to hit your growth milestones, or were you just scraping by? Did you have all your crud together, or were you constantly searching through a bunch of crud to find what you needed?
I’ve had the opportunity to talk to a lot of companies now at season’s end. Some did okay, some did pretty good, others are barely treading water, while still others were flying high.
The one common difference between all of these companies was: 1. Mindset, and 2. Tool-set.
There’s plenty that can be said about positivity, passion, and persistence and there’s plenty who have already said it. We’ll just take this one as a need-to-have and leave it to the experts to help us get there.
I want to focus on the tool set, because that’s where we’ve been able to participate in making a significant difference in the lives of thousands of contractors all over the world. With the right tools, contractors are able to stay organized, communicate, delegate, distribute, cut out waste, increase efficiency, decrease downtime and confusion, and handle more leads than ever before.
“We Don’t Want More Leads… We Can’t Handle The Ones We Have!”
In business, this is the absolute best problem you can have. You’re doing as well as you can when you have so many new leads coming in that you’re having troubles keeping up with it all. That’s growth potential, ripe for the picking. What’s there to complain about?
Sadly, I’ve heard too many companies say this as a negative thing, and that’s only because they aren’t able to handle the volume because they aren’t organized enough to scale with the growth.
When you’re harnessing the power of CRM and project management software, you have the capability to quickly add a contact to your database and call that contact up at a moment’s notice. You can track statuses, activity, and history. You can save attachments, financials, and documents together in one place. You can create anything for that contact under the sun both in the office and on the go, everything being stored exactly where you expect it to be.
You can track your sales numbers and know which reps are doing the best, which have open schedules, and which could use a little help. You can track lead sources and tags to know where to focus your marketing dollars and when to invest. You can track your entire pipeline to know where your hangups are, where you could fit other projects, and when your pipeline gets too full so that you can go find more talented people to fill in those gaps.
How To Tackle 2016 Head On
If you’ve ever said you have too many leads to handle, or if you’ve ever wondered where you can get more, or if you’re just having issue after issue trying to manage the leads you have, then it’s time to get take the bull by the horns.
If you’ve got the will, we’ve got the way: JobNimbus is built from the ground up to help contractors handle all those leads and supercharge their business. That means peace of mind. That means growth. That means controlling your destiny, achieving your goals, and having more time for your family back home.
May we all reach year’s end with a tear of joy in our eyes for the bounteous year we’ve been privileged to enjoy. May we all curl up our sleeves and take the challenge of the new year head on, confident that our tools will help us to achieve the strong goals we set for ourselves.
May each new day be our best ever, and each good old day we reminisce be one to yearn to live again. May we lift our glass to the hope of tomorrow, and may we all get our crud together in this new year.
Should old acquaintance be forgot, and never brought to mind? Should old acquaintance be forgot, and auld lang syne?
For auld lang syne, my dear, for auld lang syne, we’ll take a cup of kindness yet, for auld lang syne. And surely you’ll buy your pint cup and surely I’ll buy mine! And we’ll take a cup o’ kindness yet, for auld lang syne.
We two have run about the slopes, and picked the daisies fine ; But we’ve wandered many a weary foot, since auld lang syne.
We two have paddled in the stream, from morning sun till dine; But seas between us broad have roared since auld lang syne.
And there’s a hand my trusty friend ! And give us a hand o’ thine ! And we’ll take a right good-will draught, for auld lang syne.