Looking back in 2018! Take the Challenge…

“One of the best parts about leadership growth is investing time to reflect on your past and identifying leadership lessons to share with others. In the early ’90s, I was meeting my wife at the local car dealership to check on getting her automobile serviced. My 4-year-old son was sitting in the passenger seat of my truck, and my 2-year-old daughter was strapped into her car seat in the middle next to me. After a few minutes, I put my truck in park and got out to see how things were going. Suddenly, my wife shouted, “Your truck is moving!”

               I immediately ran to the truck, opened the door, put my foot on the brake, and then shifted my truck into park—right after it rammed into a brand new car. When I looked over, I saw that my daughter had found a way to get out of her car seat and lean on the steering wheel and gear shift, which put my truck in drive. Looking at my son, I said, “Why did you let her do this?” He looked at me with his straight face and said, “Dad, I didn’t know she could drive!” I smiled and immediately knew one thing was true—I needed to take responsibility for this accident, because I didn’t turn off the vehicle when I made the decision to get out of the truck.

               Many times, we don’t think about the importance of responsibility, which is relative to the word accountability. When you say you are going to do something, are you committed no matter what gets in the way? How about goal setting? Taking responsibility for your personal goals is critical to moving forward in your leadership growth.

This story was an excerpt from my book, Find Your Lane. It’s one of my favorites.  cropped-bruce_on-truck-original-pictureDecember is always a great time to reflect on both successes and failures as we get ready for a new year. One of the most important things we can do when planning and setting goals is to review a list of the things that we have accomplished to give us a sense of purpose and alignment on our journey, as well as help us identify gaps for us to achieve more in the upcoming year. It also gives us a sense of gratitude as we reflect on the wonderful blessings we experience each year.

Take the Challenge: Get out a pen and piece of paper (or journal) to start writing down some of your 2018 highlights. Like me, you will probably experience more gratitude as you reflect on some of your accomplishments, and gain confidence to stretch you in the upcoming year.

Here is a quick view of some of my 2018 highlights: 

  1. Kicked off the new year with family at the Rose Bowl! #BoomerSooner
  2. Celebrated my grandson Crosby’s 1st birthday! #2 coming up in March!
  3. Completed my 15th year with Armstrong Relocation and Companies in Dallas!
  4. Successfully completed 500+ candidates/families moves for clients in US and abroad!
  5. My wife and I celebrating our 33rd anniversary with friends in Boston!
  6. Getting the opportunity to speak at 20+ events with more than 1,000+ attendees!
  7. Selected as keynote speaker for WiERC/CRC Fall Relocation Conference in Lake Geneva, Wi and Pitney Bowes Sales Conference in San Antonio, Tx! Such an honor!
  8. Completed my 7th year on the DallasHR Board of Trustees! #8 coming up…
  9. Celebrated birthday dinner milestones with all of my children and their spouses.
  10. Completing my 10th year on NTRP Board of Directors… #11 is going to be special!
  11. Personal Move #14 completed… No more please!
  12. Posted 50+ weekly leadership, HR, and Mobility blogs. Read in “A Relocation Minute”!
  13. Accepted the opportunity to join Texas SHRM State Board of Directors in 2019.
  14. Speaking at DisruptHR OKC! Oh what a night. (view video here)
  15. Took my wife to my high school homecoming. …that was special. Go Green!
  16. Monthly weekend trips to visit family in Oklahoma.
  17. Developing incredible partnerships with clients… that have become great friends!
  18. Watching “Find Your Lane” book sales surpass 2,000 copies (more than 70 reviews).
  19. Celebrated successes and grieved with loved ones…
  20.  …and so much more…

What were some of your highlights in 2018? Please share one success in comments below or send me an email bwaller@goarmstrong.com. I would enjoy celebrating with you!

What’s one goal you plan to achieve in 2019? Write it down and share with others. Make sure you include people in your goals. Every time I achieve a goal, it’s only because I have people helping me along the way. I can’t wait to see what the new year brings!

It’s an honor to be on this journey with you. Let me know when I can be a resource in 2019 and let’s win together.

Quote of the week: “If you don’t know where you are going, any road will get you there.” (Alice in Wonderland)

Call to Action: Write down some of your highlights, then make a list of some of the things you would like to accomplish in 2019. Find Your Lane, be intentional, include others, and make it a year to remember – on purpose!

This has been A Relocation Minute on “Thanks for the memories 2018” with Bruce Waller, for more information, call 972-389-5673, or email bwaller@goarmstrong.com or check out my social media Facebook and Twitter page. Also, check out www.BruceWaller.com for review my latest leadership book “Find Your Lane” or information on how I can help you Grow, Connect, or Move your employees locally, within the US, or abroad!


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