It has been a long time since my last post. Far too long. I have been busy. Busy with work, busy with coaching, busy with my wife (don’t go and get all sick-minded now), and busy living my life. Those are excuses, and not one of them excuses me from what should be important. Is blogging that important? You bet it is. It is my reflection, my self-assessment, my sounding board, my place for development. To channel Covey, it is my chance to “Sharpen the Saw”.
What I have been doing lately is neglecting those things in my life that I need to take care of myself. I haven’t been blogging, that much you know, but I also haven’t been exercising, eating well, keeping in touch with or spending time with my friends. If there is a question of doing something, it seems like I am willing to do anything and everything except those things I need to do to keep me at my best.
Its starting to affect my performance in so many of the roles I fill in my life. As an administrator, I have found I lack the energy and enthusiasm every student and teacher in my school deserve from me. I find myself second guessing my career choice and looking for an easy way out. I have no excuse for that. As a coach I find I don’t bring the focus and intensity 15 hard working young men deserve from a coach. I find I keep looking to the schedule counting down the games left in a long and tiring season. I have no excuse for that. As a husband, friend and colleague I could be so much more to the people I care about, yet I find any reason to not give them the time or attention they deserve. I have no excuse for that.
But this is no pity-party-post (don’t you love alliteration?). This is the first step in the right direction, and I will make more steps like this to do a better job in every role I fill. I will do this by taking the time for me. To exercise, to make myself a healthy meal, to reflect on my profession and to pause and enjoy all the great things I have going in my life.
So why write this? I want to know if any of you out there find yourself making excuses? Do you neglect your own needs for the demands of a busy work life? How did you cope? How did you make change happen?
While I needed this to take the time to reflect, I also need to reconnect with my PLN. I’ll try to do a better job of posting more often because it would seem I am all out of excuses.