REFLECTIONS ON 2011

E very person should look in the rear view mirror for a second and understand what has immediately passed and measure progress toward life goals.  Why? Because, every year, every day, every hour is a commitment or recommitment to what we are spending life on; it is happening whether a person realizes it or not!

At the end of 2010 I did a self-assessment and concluded to make significant changes for this year. Telecommuting was taking its toll on my work, family, and service balance – not to mention my health. I had lost 30 pounds in 2009 and gained it all back in 2010.

My work wasn’t enjoyable anymore.  I felt discouraged in my faith and didn’t like the trend.  Internally, I identified myself too much with the work I performed, the roles I tried to fulfill, and the all-consuming calendar of things I took on to do.  My Father-in-law was battling cancer, and what really matters to me in life was top of mind.

So,  I decided to bring life more into balance by changing some things. Specifically, I sought to live out my deeper values and passions not just duty-bound activities. I also committed to employ the principles of the mentor leader in work and private.  Despite all the day-to-day challenges of life, the economy, and the grief, I’m pleased with the changes.  Were all the goals met? No. Did I fail on some things? You betcha! Yet, the whole of the year says solid progress.

Significant happenings

  • Loss of my Father-in-Law to cancer
  • Resigned from my job from the starting line at the Daytona Motor Speedway
  • Started a new job, brought a lot of things in balance, added great new friends
  • More time with my kids and a clean line between work and home time
  • Intentional focus on helping and encouraging others in ways I had not before
  • Saw a live Chelsea game, one of my bucket list items
  • Nice mid-year vacation in the Poconos, collected another race track
  • Participated in the Courageous movie launch with a group of men from our church
  • Ran 143 miles between July and December. Goal was 200… progress

Favorite quotes this year

“If you’re a leader, people’s lives should be better because of the influence you’ve had along the way…. Mentor leadership focuses on building people up, building significance into their lives, and building leaders for the next generation.” ~ Tony Dungy

“Managing Energy, Not Time, is the Key to High Performance and Personal Renewal” ~ Jim Loehr and Tony Schwartz in The Power of Full Engagement

“Your job is like that too, I suspect. There’s always something you could be doing. Always more preparation, more research, more to do to get ahead. But at some point I think we have to be willing to stand behind what we’ve done. When you’ve given a solid day’s work, that should be enough.”  ~ Tony Dungy

“Moving can seem dangerous
In this stranger’s pilgrimage
Knowing that you can’t stand still, you cross the bridge”  ~ Petra

“Nothing but heaven itself is better than a friend who is really a friend.” ~Titus Maccius Pautus

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