It is time to clean the slate.
Clear some obligations.
Suspend some responsibilities.
Three weeks of ~Out Of Office~ coming up.
I usually try to do this daily, for a few minutes, to meditate or at least take in a deep breath. I find it can centre me, or reset my plans. With the next month in RRU residency, there is a sudden weight to this.
I challenge you to ponder your 'pause'. A friend is in the hospital, another is experiencing reduced work hours. These schedule interruptions (both positive and negative) have the benefit of repurposing yourself. So, I embrace the wiping of my calendar and the clearing of my February. And I encourage you to take a brief break as you need, inhale, stare at a blank page, and then return to your whirlwind with a renewed vigour.
Thursdays are special for me. That is when my Dawnbreakers Toastmasters club fills my sails with optimism and deliberate focus and drive.
What is Toastmasters?
A chance to practice public speaking and leading.
Different clubs meet at different times, and this club is worth the early start.
The kicker is that the pool opens at 530AM. I get to swim some lengths, hit the hot tub, drink my smoothy and then brush my teeth loudly without waking anyone. A real firecracker start to a day.
By the time I am presenting or speaking in my club I have eaten two breakfasts had some exercise and feel amazing.
These early bird habits have real power. Most good habits do. This habit has spilled into other days, and when I can, the 5AM alarm clock is turned off before it sounds off and I am gone.
What has you turned on? What has you kicking it into high gear? When can you steal time for yourself to light the fuse? Or a moment of serenity? Is there something you can alter slightly to squeeze more out of yourself?
I decided to blog some more. Maybe this will help keep apprised my friends and family while also functioning as a tool to help fellow students. And for the moment, to serve as a distraction from page 11 of the Financial Accounting textbook which I am diligently marking with red and yellow.
To provide a brief update, in November my employment was terminated with my employer and I decided to commit to this MBA while unemployed. In 12 days the black hole of the MBA will be yawning and I am already stepping forward into the gravitous pull.
That is not a word and I don't care. It should be a word.
The twins are growing and are healthy; I added a few photos on this site. My wife, Heidi, is amazing, doing well, and returns to work in April.
So I have my two textbooks and have logged into the online world of Wiley. I am starting to pack and make travel lists. My finances are in order and my residency is organized. I am reading daily and balancing the plates as they spin. The other reading material has not been announced, so I await that. And I explore the RRU moodle frequently.
Lastly, I recently spoke with my Executive Coach, my counsellor, my mentor and tomorrow my protege to assess the 360. No yellow or red flags! My running coach and the dietician are on hold for now, though I do miss them.
I will update frequently, and I am looking forward to this journey.
Excerpt from 'Mindset' Dweck, 2006
"We gave fifth graders intriguing puzzles... but when we made them harder, children with the fixed mindset showed a big plunge in enjoyment... Children with a growth mindset, on the other hand, couldn't tear themselves away from the hard problems."
Dieter Wentzel, CPHR