As I write this it’s a sweltering 90 degrees along Cleveland’s North Coast. Executive Summit and Hilton Head Island loom just over the horizon. And like most of you, I’m pondering winter.

Probably just made you glance down at this issue’s folio. Don’t worry. It’s still August. However, in the my world we started discussing some of this issue’s topics months prior to it going to press. We began picking people’s brains and gathering insight on the key business management topics that impact your operations. We temper what we think we know with what our friends from around the snow and ice industry are beginning to see or have witnessed in the past. And then we work with snow contractors to serve as contributing editors and share their thoughts on the issue important to you.

So, right now, we’re finalizing editorial topics and beginning to put some thought into the end of 2018 and into the new year.

I suspect many of you approach your business year and winter in sort of the same way. You look at the seasons and prepare your operations accordingly, try to best anticipate the worst the winter may offer. This exercise alone has the ability to melt brain cells and convince you to spend Winter 2018-19 in Cancun. Instead, you stick to your guns and you do all you can to avoid the onslaught of stress by preplanning out at far as possible, allowing you to anticipate and react, dodge and weave, as judiciously as possible for when the job calls for it.

Unfortunately, when we look back – whether it’s postseason or year-end – what we see is often less than satisfying. Instead of finding a linear start and finish, we’re staring at a gelatinous blob of memories floating around with no discernible cohesion or form and the thought: This is no way to live.

It doesn’t have to be that way. There are steps we can take to allow us to get more satisfaction out of our work and personal lives. It’s OK to want to improve your overall quality of life and continue to be successful at the job you love. Bob Epperly is a former Exxon manager turned life coach who works with people to get their lives out of tailspins. Epperly offers great insight on how to begin recognizing and correcting your lifestyle imbalance.

It’s never enough. While professional ambition is admirable, it can’t run your life. If it does, no matter how much you accomplish it’ll never be enough. Instead, your left with an unfulfilled life and feeling that you missed out.

Communicate. Make this a priority. Stop and really communicate with those around you. And, most importantly, just listen. Our relationships are what ground us in life, and these can improve exponentially via some one-on-one communication.

Accept who you are. Is the world ready for you – the good, the bad and the ugly? Well, they won’t if you haven’t. Remember that it’s OK to be you, and it’s not to trade off your own self-worth to accommodate other.

Remember, at the end, no one ever wishes they had more time for work. It’s good to have goals and to focus on a career that helps define you. However, don’t get lost in it.