I have recently had reason to take stock of what I have given, received and learned in my life so far. These were the limits in which I used to keep my focus. I often need that
because I have such an appetite for learning that I can get distracted very quickly. This topic also was the subject of one of my favourite authors, Clayton Christensen. So I looked around me and started asking the tough questions. I am winning, losing or just treading water.
It is always hard to take the time to reflect on your progress. It feels like a touchy, feely thing to do but you might be surprised to know that the most successful people do it all the time. It is what keeps them honest, in integrity and balanced. How else can they juggle their complex lives. Of course we have seen the Bernie Maddocks of the world who is the epitome of “failing”. Sadly, he didn’t start to carry out a jail term. He had a big future ahead of him but he lost track of his core values and greed took over.
Bernie is one of the big news failures but we see them around us, far too often. I am a coach and I teach coaching in corporations. The reason I do this is to cut the amount of stress employees and managers are under. How many people do you know that would love to leave their job and do something different? How many people do you know hate their job? I can’t help but wonder what the consequence of these feelings about their job has on them, their co-workers, their managers, their customers, their family and everyone else that gets in their path. How can they feel good about themselves and continue in this negative pattern.
I am not going to reinvent the wheel here. I follow this wonderful young man by the name of Scott Dinsmore. This link is worth a look as he has a great community build around loving your workplace (maybe not the one you are in now but a new one). His ideas follow mine in that the first key things you must do when you are thinking about your life going forward is;
- You will actually have to decide where you want to be in 5 and 10 years. I know that sounds like old school but it really is creating a destination point for your journey. If you don’t know where you want to go any road will take you there. This is dangerous to not have a vision of where you want to end up.
- Are you investing in your brain? Are you learning new things. Remember university and college was just the start. When was the last time you invested in a book about leadership or watched a training video on something that relates to your interests. You get the idea.
- Are you taking care of your body? This handy little thing is the only way you can get around easily. It is worth the effort.
Okay, that is lots to think about today. I do recommend Clayton’s book and check out Scott’s site. These are investments in you. Your life plan is calling. Take good care of yourself.