I felt like wrapping up my year by evaluating how I have done against what I wanted to do. The best way I could do this was to measure myself against my values. I am a firm believer that if you are not looking to accomplish things, while measuring how you did against those goals, you are probably not serious about them. I take my goals seriously
So here goes.
#1 Work/Education. Be a life-long learner – to challenge myself mentally . In work, be present in service to others
I completed my classes to achieve certification as a coach through the Gestalt Institute of Cleveland. This was a life-changing event for me. I learned so much about myself and how to work with others. I am so glad I took the time to invest in the classes. I also completed eight on-line courses through edX on a variety of subjects. I learned a bunch and had fun experiencing what it is like to take an on-line course.
I consider work my biggest failure for the year. I have just not figured it out. Part of it is I have not completely nailed down the niche I want to serve. Another part is my unwillingness to sell myself. I severely underestimated how hard that is for me to do.
#2 Leisure. Travel and ensure that I set aside time for reading and blogging.
I read 47 books this year. A couple of them were among the best books I have ever read. They challenged my thinking, told me a good story and added to my knowledge of history. I am glad I took the time to read. I read 98% non-fiction and don’t really want to expand beyond that for now. Some people might say I am limiting myself a little bit, but I have a long list of books I still want to read.
I created 43 posts for my blog this year. That is about what I would like to do. I am happy I kept up with this blog. I don’t have a lot of followers, so I really do it for myself. And I think that is the right reason to do it. I enjoy writing.
I traveled to to the beach at Hilton Head and Emerald Isle, NC. I ran half marathon races in two more states that I had not run in before – Marshall, Michigan and Shepherdstown, WV. Nate and I traveled to Colorado Springs, Co and did a couple cool adventures. Walking up the Manitou Incline tested my endurance and physical ability. I need to find a way to get to Texas to see Luke and NYC to see Courtney.
#3 Relationships. Be a person with a positive attitude, encourage others and recognize the good in others. Be the kind of person that radiates positive energy.
I am doing pretty well with this. Not working, I have less opportunity to directly influence people I might see daily. Thus I am looking for other ways to accomplish that. I am comfortable at the Fitness Center in being positive with other people who are working out. I am making a concerted effort to engage the people I might encounter while in a store. I am getting better in social situations engaging others. But this is an area of growth for me. I am generally a positive person, I just need to put myself out there more.
I still can improve on my willingness to engage others – especially social sessions with people I don’t necessarily share a known interest with. I also could have done a better job staying in touch with extended family on a more regular basis.
#4 Personal Growth/Health. Be active and fit so that I can continue to run and be able to enjoy physical activities.
This was an interesting year. I ran my fastest time for a 5k race and a 10k race in six years. But I also ran my slowest times ever for both of those races this year. I learned something from each of those – and also acknowledge that age sometimes catches up with me. I ran what I consider one of my best half marathon races in West Virginia. While it was not my fastest ever, given the toughness of the course, it was nearly perfect. I modified my fitness plan to include one day of rest a week. This reaped great benefits in recovery from exercise and made me feel consistently better. I realize that fitness is my #1 personal passion.
Overall, a good year. But I have some ideas to make 2016 even better. Best wishes to all for a great 2016.