2017 Reflections

I have spent some time reflecting on 2017. It has been a bit of a roller coaster when I truly break it down. I’m not a resolution guy and never was a trendy goal-setter, but I did change that thinking a bit, this year. While I set a goal to run 1000 miles in 2017, I’m not going to reflect on how I crushed that goal. There are still 2 days left in the year and I still have some miles to add. 2017 was a year of some personal and professional growth and also left open some areas of opportunity for me.

Growth

I had a couple of professionals goals in 2017. I wanted to dip my toe into the public speaking waters, start a blog, and start to pursue my executive coaching certification through CTI. As my man Meatloaf says, “two outta three ain’t bad.”

I applied, and was accepted, to speak at Illinois SHRM and Wisconsin SHRM state conferences. These were great learning experiences for me. I was able to test out some content I had been contemplating for a long time. And when I say it was a great learning experience, I really mean it was very humbling. But I received some constructive feedback and it will help me decide if I want to continue with that content or work on some new material.

After 5 years, I was able to launch this blog. It has been a great journey and just the act of committing to writing content on a consistent basis has created a discipline I never thought I could achieve. It also opened up a couple of other engagements that wouldn’t have been possible had I not started to develop my voice through this blog. It also helped my professional growth at my job and I was able to use this to highlight some of the great work we are doing at Slalom.

While I didn’t get started on the executive coaching certification, it is in the works for 2018. I was able to dive into the Co-Active Coaching book, though, and participate in some work with my team that really got me excited about a future in executive coaching.

I completed a triathlon! This was something that was not even close to being on any sort of bucket list, if I were to ever create one. But the opportunity presented itself and I decided to give it a shot. While I am by no means a triathlete, it was a fun experience and I look forward to doing it again in 2018.

Areas of Opportunity

This list is way too long and could be a blog series in itself. While I made some strides in my growth areas, I exhibited some selfish behaviors that didn’t necessarily bring others along or help in their growth. I was so focused on what I wanted to accomplish that I created some blind spots that held me back in some ways.

Writing and speaking are great avenues to express yourself and offer a point of view for an audience. But the true growth comes in taking action in what you say and what you write. I’ll be looking forward to having more tangible accomplishments in 2018.

I have been thinking about what I want to accomplish in 2018. As I said before, I’m not one for resolutions and I don’t intend to start now. I like the idea of setting some goals that stretch me just enough outside of my comfort zone and I’ll finalize those goals on my New Year’s Day run. Until then, I’m going to enjoy the last few days of 2017!

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