To challenge myself. To feel like a kid again. To get in shape. To soak in God's creation. To make new friends. So many reasons!
I've been in the non-profit industry for almost 10 years, and I simply need a change of pace because I just don't have nearly as much drive and passion for what I do as I used to.
This goal goes hand-in-hand with my other goal to book my first paid speaking engagements. Both rely on having a message to spread and my ability to spread that message. Each will help the other. Plus, I just think it would be really cool to see my name on a book and my words on the pages.
I love the process of preparing a speech, the pressure leading up to the speech, and the excitement of all the post-speech compliments. In my current job, I get to do a fair amount of public speaking, and I really do enjoy it and revel in the spotlight (even though I'm naturally a shy person). This, combined with my passion to create change in the world and my desire to travel leads me to believe I would like to do this as a career.
All great leaders have one thing in common: They read voraciously. Did you know that the average American only reads one book a year? Worse than this is the fact that 60% of average Americans only get through the first chapter. Contrast this with the fact that CEOs of Fortune 500 companies read an average of four to five books a month. Even more impressive is that some of the most successful leaders throughout history were known to read one book every single day. Bottom line…If you’re a leader and not an avid reader, you’re wrong.
I sat down in late December 2012 and made a list of the top 10 things I wanted to accomplish in 2013. They include:
- Getting elected to my local board of education in November 2013
- Getting my weight down to 200 lbs. (40 still left to lose)
- Going skydiving
- Transitioning into a new career
- Book my first paid speaking engagements
- Self-publish a book
- Start a new friendship with one or two other married couples
- Save 10% of my income and give away 10% of my income
- Read at least 50 non-fiction books
- Compete in my first 6-hour adventure race
I truly believe that I could accomplish every single one of them this year, but only with a great amount of dedication. I have to be very aware of my list and consciously do something every day to work toward the achievement of one or more of these goals.
If I can manage to do all 10 of these things, there's no doubt that this would be the best year of my life and the start of many great things to come!
1 Corinthians 9:27 - But I discipline my body and keep it under control, lest after preaching to others I myself should be disqualified. Basically, I want to ... Look better. Feel better. Live longer.
It frustrates me to no end that we make so much money, yet have no savings account at all and still live paycheck to paycheck most of the time. I know that we have some big expenses coming up (new lawn tractor, heating oil, tires, etc.), and I'd really like to be prepared for them.
Growing up, I was always a standout baseball player, and hit a lot of home runs over the years. But I've been playing softball for 3 years now and have yet to hit a home run and it's starting to really get under my skin. I guess when you're used to being good at something and you lose that ability, it can mess with you a little bit.
I have a lot of thoughts on how our public education system should and could be improved. I went to a board of education meeting recently and was somewhat shocked by how little focus there is on evaluating how the school is doing and what it could be doing differently to improve. I also learned that 3 of the 5 board members had spouses that were employed by the district, which leads me to believe that the board as a whole is looking out for themselves rather than for the tax-paying citizens they're supposed to represent.
Sometimes it seems like I have a ton of acquaintances, but no real friends. My wife has some girlfriends that she goes out with on occasion, but I don't have anyone in my life who fills that role. It would be especially nice if we could find another couple who are in the same stage of life as us where both me and my wife would enjoy our time with these people.
I think camping would really bring out the kid in me. The kid that used to love building forts and tree houses or exploring the forests around my grandparents' house. Neither of my two boys have ever had these kinds of adventures (time have changed), and so I want them to see how much fun it can be to explore, live off the land, etc. As an added bonus, I think it will improve my relationship with them. Having four kids, it's oftentimes so hard to give any one of them the individual attention they crave from us.