Are you ready for 2021? I am…
Wow, can you believe we are at the end of 2020? What a year! Who knew the plans we made in 2019 would be wiped out by March of 2020? As I reflect on the past year, I found myself spending less time thinking on the plans that didn’t come to fruition like speaking in 3 new states to help get me closer to completing a “bucket list” activity, or achieving my business plan, but instead found myself spending more time thinking about how grateful I am for the things I was able to achieve that weren’t even on my list. Some of these things included spending more time with family. Yes, there were lots of challenging days, but more special memories. I also started a new leadership podcast to help me stay connected, visible, and educated in this new world of work that included 36 amazing guests serving the HR Community with over 3000 downloads and spanning across 10 countries each week. Lastly, I found myself more engaged virtually speaking at many Texas SHRM chapter virtual events including North Texas SHRM Conference and The HRSouthwest Conference, so less travel created more opportunities. …and there’s so much more to list!
What’s on your list of “unplanned” things you accomplished as a Texas SHRM volunteer leader?
I was recently reading about a guy who wrote the shortest letter to the editor of the England newspaper, Daily Mail. It was from a guy named G.K. Chesterton and he was answering the question, “What’s wrong with the world?” His letter contained the following response:
(Story from the Maxwell Daily Ready)
I love this story, because it is all about perspective. You see, a plan is simply “a guide” to get us to where we want to go… and help us stay on track. It’s important that we spend time dreaming, setting goals, and planning, but it is just as important to know that we are going to get off track at some point. It’s then up to us to have the right perspective to make a change, to adapt and try a different route. When we do, we will find ourselves looking back and leaning into the gratitude for the things we didn’t plan on the journey! We are the only one that can choose to get back on track. Now are you ready to get back on track in the new year? I am.
Quote of the Day: “We have to have an enthusiasm for life, a dream or a goal, and we have to be willing to work for it.” -Jim Valvano
Call to Action: When planning for the new year, make a list of things of the things you are grateful for in the past year. Include others in your chapter…You will be amazed by all of the things you didn’t plan that gave you the most joy!
What’s new? Check out www.TexasSHRM.org for updates… and be on the lookout for Texas SHRM Leadership Development Program updates as we work on developing LEADHRS in 2021!
How can you help? Have you seen leaders making impact in your chapter? If so, please send to firstname.lastname@example.org for a future “MOMENTUM” feature!
Author: Bruce Waller