Learning from my low
My year of 2015 was pretty good, so good that even the low points of it were worth celebrating!
In this good year of 2015 there are two low points that stand out.
First one is that the editor of my second book has not finished her job. Because of this I have not been able to publish it like I planned. I have already paid her what we negotiated on, yet she is not answering my messages.
This has been disappointing to me. I´m still struggling with if I should wait for her to get back to me. Or if I should just realize that she broke her promise and my trust. I like to trust people and don´t want to stop that, but this has gotten me thinking.
Second one being that time in late October and early November when I felt tired all the time. I realized I was running on an almost empty tank. I decided to use this as something to learn from. I took a serious look at my daily habits. I did some soul searching. I realized I was using up all my energy and not doing much to renew it.
Once I realized this I made some changes. I started being more selective of what assignments I take on. I also started cutting down on my assignments. I also started to exercise more, sleep more and do things to have more fun.
I think this is the best way to learn from my lows. To change them into something positive. Something that I can do to grow, as a person and a professional.
So my lowest point of the year ended up giving me a great learning and growing opportunity.
– That might even be worth celebrating!
What about you? Do you let your low points drain you of all energy or do you use them to learn from?
Celebrating my high
Like I said, my 2015 was pretty good. On January 1st I started the year by selecting my word for the year. After that I did my vision board for the year. I love this ritual of mine, I have had for several years. I feel it does a lot for me, both in my private and professional life. Because of it I always have a lot worth celebrating.
By starting the year this way, setting my focus and goals, I have a guide to follow. I use this guide for my actions and decisions throughout the year. This annual habit, I believe, is one of the main reason for why I always have a lot to celebrate. Here are few of my high points of 2015:
High points of professional life
- I´m growing as a professional, in my job as a VP of Human Resources and Communication. I´m learning a lot from the job´s challenges. Then I attended many presentations, lectures and conferences. I also read a lot of articles, white papers and books, to make sure to stay on top of things in my field
- In my own business I changed the focus or slogan from “Are you the best you can be?” to “360° Success, in work and life“. I put together a new model with six main areas of 360° Success. I also build upon the principles of Self-Leadership. With these changes I can better use my professional background. Also my experience from the corporate world. It seems that the readers of my blog and LinkedIn posts like these changes a lot.
- I published a book on Amazon. I wrote articles for almost every issue of Frjals verslun (Iceland´s most read business magazine). I kept on publishing my eZines, every week since spring of 2012, but decided to publish them monthly, instead of weekly.
- I was interviewed in several radio-shows. I gave tens of lectures and presentation for various organizations in Iceland. Here you can see a video from one of those presentations
- I hosted a HR-conference with a good friend and colleague of mine. Its main focus was on recruitment and hiring
- I gave a presentation on Employee Engagement at a big HR conference in Slovakia
- On purpose I cut down the number of executives I have as clients in private coaching. But I still love coaching so I keep some of those clients, for a mix of coaching and consulting
High points in my private life
- In March I changed houses, now I´m living in a location I love, in central Reykjavik.
- In the summer I did quite a lot of hiking and biking, which I love
- Over the year I did quite a lot of traveling. I traveled around Iceland, to Norway, Italy and France. And of course to Slovakia as I mentioned above.
- In Italy I used 5 days to go biking around Lake Garda. What a great way to use your vacation. After that I spent 5 days at Heaven on Earth!
- In February there was a big party, celebrating my mom´s 70th birthday
- In December I threw a party in my house, celebrating my oldest son´s graduation from Technical College Reykjavik
- I attended several concerts and plays. I went to and hosted number of dinner parties
- By prioritizing, and having a schedule, I managed to meet with different groups of friends, on a regular basis. Some of them I met weekly, others monthly
Now I suggest you look back on your year of 2015.
Think about what you can be grateful for, what to celebrate and what to learn from.
Looking forward to 2016 with you!
Any presents you are planning on giving soon?
My book; Rekindling your spark: Strategy for better Self-Leadership is available on Amazon.
It includes various tips, tools and exercises.