This blog post started out very differently. I originally was going to talk about goal setting and planning for 2013, and I may very well do that in a later post, but not today. Instead, I want to focus on just improving ONE thing in your life over the next 30 days.
The last 6 weeks have been tough for me. I am perpetually frustrated by myself when I seem to be moving ahead, trying to become the best leader I can be, but then it seems as if I have dropped the ball completely. Your issues may not be the same as mine, but if you are completely honest, we all have things that hold us back from being who we want to be.
When I think about all the things I want to accomplish in 2013, it can become overwhelming, so I have decided rather than focusing on everything, I am going to focus on just ONE thing over the next 30 days.
One thing that I find difficult and is painfully obvious in my life is committing to a small block of time each and every day to think and reflect. For many of you, maybe this comes naturally, but for me it a real struggle. Often, I think I have taken adequate time to reflect on how things are going in my life, but if I am truly honest with you-I do not.
Not only do I not do this, I also know that it has enabled some events at work to spiral out of control. I am not at all certain that taking time to reflect daily would have changed the outcome at work, but maybe it would not have ended so painfully. Maybe an alternative solution could have been worked out.
I even remember thinking about potential changes that could have been made, but because we were so busy, I did not take that time to find clarity about what wasreally going on. That is nothing new for me though (those that know me best know I must suffer from a bit of ADD, because focusing on one thing at a time for any length of time, is truly a challenge.)
This probably is more information than you want to know, but the reason I am bringing it up is I want to publicly commit to taking 5-10 minutes at the end of every day for the next 30 days to reflect on the day. I am going to focus on what went well, what did not, and what I need to do differently.
This is probably going to be the hardest thing I have done in awhile (believe it or not-a lot harder than fixing a tough fracture,) but I think I must commit to creating a habit of reflection over the next 30 days. I am committing to also letting everyone know how this went at the end of January. Hopefully it will become a habit I maintain for the rest of my life.
What I do know is that I want to make a difference in this world, and I bet you do as well. The only way I am going to do that is be committed to being the best leader I can be, and that takes work.
So, now to you- I hope this has inspired you to find ONE thing to commit yourself to over the next 30 days. For some it may be exercising a certain number of days per week, committing to a period of solitude every morning, or just cutting out something from your diet.
Do not be overwhelmed, let’s just focus on ONE thing over the next 30 days and see what we can accomplish.
What is the ONE THING that you are committing to improve over the next 30 days?