Earlier this month I posted a recap of the last 10 years, "What a Decade--it's life!" Jeff Dowler, CRS challenged us to do that, and it was eye opening to me.
My biggest take aways are two-fold.
First, something we all have heard, but don't always internalize and act upon: Don't keep putting off goals and dreams.
For at least 25 years I wanted to hike the Inca Trail to Macchu Pichu. The time was never "right." Too much work; too many family responsibilities; too costly; too much guerrilla warfare in the area (who remembers the Shining Path that terrorized Peru in the 1980s?)
My ruptured appendix in 2015 was the catalyst I needed to finally stop putting off things that are important to me. I did the trek in 2017 but came very close to not being able to go. I would have always regretted that. In 2019 I fulfilled another item on my Dream List -- hiking in the Dolomites in the Italian Alps.
One's goals might not be physical ones, or travel related. Often they might be work-related; join that BNI or ToastMaster group you always wanted to; get that special designation that will enable you to shift your business in a desired direction. They might involve family: spend more evenings at home with the phone off; do special things with loved ones; take time to connect with elders.
My second big take away: business can flourish when you are busy dealing with life. In 2011 we moved from my home of 35 years to a condo in the city. Moving is disruptive and demands new routines and habits. Yet, it was my highest earning year of all. When dealing with illness, surgeries and medical treatments, of my own and my husband's, work continued. Difficulties force efficiency--unless one chooses to fold and quit--not my style.
Reviewing the last decade reinforces my desire to work efficiently, live healthily, pursue my dreams and continue to laugh and love!
Thank you, Jeff Dowler, CRS for this challenge that brought clarity and focus to my life.