The Holiday Season – A Perfect time to Reflect
The holidays are rapidly approaching. As 2014 comes to an end, I encourage everyone to take a moment and think about all we have accomplished this year—individually and collectively. I am proud and thankful for all we have achieved during our 50th anniversary year. As we leave for winter break, I hope all of us will give further thoughts and reflections as to our educational, professional, and personal lives.
Please take this time of reflection and self-analysis to evaluate if you have done your personal best – not only in your academic endeavors or your job with the university, but in your personal life as well. Are you satisfied with yourself in that respect? Did you accomplish goals last year that you had hoped to attain? Did you start out with good intentions, but forgot somehow to follow through? Take an opportunity now to put those goals in writing – actually detailing specifics that you would like to accomplish, and list what you need to do to overcome any obstacles.
Many times, after writing down the obstacles, we discover one of the greatest obstructions is ourselves. If it’s a promotion, write down the position. If it is improving relationships with someone you know, then name the person and enumerate possible ways of accomplishing that task. If it is development of health, spiritual, artistic talents, or any hobby you wish to pursue, write it down and keep your eye on the target. Put a time limit on yourself and refer to your program periodically.
Goals have a way of bringing focus and direction to our lives, as well as a sense of accomplishment. Without a goal there would be no anticipation; there would be no development process, no routine, no measure of accomplishment, and no enjoyment of the benefits of the work or sacrifices we made to accomplish our goals.
It’s difficult to hit a target that does not exist. Don’t wonder aimlessly in generalities; be specific, establish your targets and aim high. Don’t let another day go by!
I wish each of you a happy and safe holiday season.
George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D.