No Excuses

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.

4 thoughts on “No Excuses

  1. I love this post because it shows you’re human. We all have the best of intentions, but sometimes life does get in the way, and we don’t get to do everything we want to do. That’s okay. Admitting this is good, and saying that you’re going to try to post even more in the coming months, is awesome. I can’t wait to read your upcoming posts!


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  3. The hardest thing seems to be “getting off the maelstrom train” long enough to see where you’re at in life – at least that’s how it has been for me. One of my “must dos” for a LONG time was to lose weight. I had even perfected “not seeing” how much weight I had gained in the mirror and had come to the conclusion that doors seemed wider now because they kept getting in the way of my gut when I opened them to go through a doorway. Then I changed my diet – not drastically – just by cutting out some carbs like bread and potatoes. And whilst maintaining a medicinal intake of wine over a period of around 11 months I have managed to lose about 11kg. I make sure that I tell people that I have changed my diet as opposed to being “on a diet”.

    Thing is I didn’t make a big song and dance about it – I just DID it! And now I’m starting to feel the benefits of what I’ve been doing – and my knees are grateful too!

    Your honest posting will strike a chord with many people who read it (it did for me) and perhaps you have summarised neatly the dilemma of the 21st century “modern man” who struggles to balance his personal and work life! And maybe you have inadvertently explained why everyone seems to complain about how fast time goes and that we don’t have enough of it…

    Thanks for your post – I was directed to it from a Twitter message!

  4. Aren’t these just the ebbs and flows of life? I’m currently experiencing what you are writing about. I haven’t felt like working out or eating healthy and that’s not good. I gotta figure something out. With blogging I don’t stress it. I write when I have something to reflect on or something to say or something to share. With my family I sure could be a better father and husband. I don’t know how other people do it. All I can do is the best I can. In my teaching career things are going pretty well. I’m stretching myself and learning new ways to reaching my students.

    Thanks for the post. It was just what I needed. I have a lot to be grateful for.

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