It wasn’t in the plan…

Wow, can you believe we are at the end of 2020? What a year! Who knew the plans we made in 2019 would be wiped out by March of 2020? As I reflect on my year-end planning, I didn’t spend much time thinking about the plans that didn’t come to fruition like speaking in 3 new states to help get me closer to completing a “bucket list” activity, or achieving my business sales plan, but instead spent more time thinking about how grateful I am for the things I was able to achieve that weren’t even on my list. Can you believe I didn’t have these on my plan?

  1. Increased stay at home mandates created more time to invest with my wife and grandkids. Yes, some days were super challenging, but it also reminded me about what was most important in life… time is so short and grateful for these memories!
  2. Starting a new podcast that included 36 amazing guests serving the HR Community with over 3000 downloads and spanning across 10 countries each week. It was my way of shifting to stay connected, visible, and educated in this virtual world of work.
  3. Completing a C25K program, then competing in both a 10K and half marathon as I focused on health and wellness while our gym was closed. So thankful for the people that inspired me to start running including my friends Karen and Rebecca!
  4. Learning and completing over 100 virtual moving surveys across the US to help customers anywhere and anytime of the day to drive a better moving experience. Before the pandemic, I refused to learn the software. I didn’t make the time for it and little did I realize how much it helped our customers from anywhere in the world.
  5. Speaking at 27 events across the US about Leadership, HR, and Mobility. I had planned on speaking at less than half, but the speaking tour then doubled when we started speaking virtually anywhere in the world with less time now needed for planning and travel! I can’t wait to see what the future holds as a speaker.

…and there’s so much more to list!

I was recently reading about a guy who wrote the shortest letter to the editor of the England newspaper, Daily Mail. It was from a guy named G.K. Chesterton and he was answering the question, “What’s wrong with the world?” His letter contained the following response:

Dear Sir,

I am.

Yours sincerely,

GK Chesterton

(Story from the Maxwell Daily Ready)

I love this story, because it is all about perspective. You see, a plan is simply “a guide” to get us to where we want to go… and help us stay on track.

It’s important that we spend time dreaming, setting goals, and planning, but it is just as important to know that we are going to get off track at some point.

It’s then up to us to have the right perspective to make a change, to adapt and try a different route. When we do, we will find ourselves looking back and leaning into the gratitude for the things we didn’t plan on the journey! We are the only one that can choose to get back on track. Now are you ready to get back on track in the new year? I am.

What did you not plan in the new year that you are grateful for achieving?

Quote of the Day: We have to have an enthusiasm for life, a dream or a goal, and we have to be willing to work for it.” -Jim Valvano  

Call to Action: When planning for the new year, make a list of things of the things you are grateful for in the past year. You will be amazed by all of the things you didn’t plan that gave you the most joy!

This has been A Relocation Minute on “It wasn’t in the plan” 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 to review my leadership book “Find Your Lane” and journal “Milemarkers” both available on amazon. Be sure to subscribe to my YOUTUBE channel for weekly messages to encourage you and others in the workplace! Looking for a Podcast? Check out “Life in the Leadership Lane” on APPLE PODCAST as I talk to leaders making a difference in the workplace!

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