Lessons from 2011
|December 27, 2011||Posted by M. P. under NRM||
At this time of year, when the offerings of and celebrations ’round the holiday table result in my exertions grinding to a snail-like pace, I tend to indulge in a mental review of the prior 12 months. Now, I have to make certain I don’t revisit the year gone by with glasses either too rosy or gray, but taking the time to flip through journal entries, re-read emails and peruse photos of both a familial and professional nature gives me the chance to savor small accomplishments that perhaps I was too quick to brush off when they occurred, and snort over stumbles that need to be re-acknowledged and then filed out of sight in the how-not-to-do-it bin.
At his website Strategic Monk, Greg Richardson describes what he has learned throughout 2011 in his post 12 Lessons That I Learned This Year. His example of sharing has encouraged my own, and I hope yours too.
In 2011, I learned,
- in this age of digital media and virtual conferences, some of the most valuable resources are tangible and in your backyard;
- to keep reaching out – you can only continue to learn if you ask someone who is doing it now/has done it before;
- that it is OK to let a plan or a vision change – I deviated from my initial “rules” and insistence on a “just the facts ma’am” informational blog tone and I like the site better for it;
- to keep reading what is out there, especially on the local level;
- that time on the computer/tablet/smart phone on the other side of the room doesn’t count as time together;
- that the question “what’s next?” should always be in the back of your mind;
and for my last one, I am going to steal Greg’s succinct final lesson:
- Yes, I can do this.
What did you learn in 2011?