We’re Halfway There…

This is number 26. Halfway. 50% down, 50% to go.

Many blogs, I’ve discovered, start with an introduction, an explanation, an outline of the themes and topics that will be explored. I didn’t do that, I just started. So, maybe it’s time to explain.

This is number 26. This is week 26. For 26 weeks in a row I have posted something new. Some good, some not as good, but still, 26 in a row.

Here’s how this project got started…

Last spring, after several conversations with colleagues sharing observations on the things we’d learned over the course of 20 plus years in the workforce, I said to one of them, “No one ever told us, somebody needs to be writing this stuff down.” Somebody needed to write this stuff down.

I decided to write. I set a goal, write every day. I didn’t do it, I failed. I won’t bore you with all of the reasons why, let’s just leave it at that, I failed. But I kept trying, I haven’t yet managed to string a respectable number of consecutive days together, but I usually manage to get a few days in each week.

Then, this past July 1st, I discovered the publishing platform on Linkedin. I had a piece I wanted to share, so I decided to try it out. That piece was called Civility, and it’s what got me started.

I set a new goal. If I couldn’t manage to write every day, maybe I could manage to write a piece each week. To write and publish a new post each week for a year. Although I come from the business perspective, I think the topics I’ve been writing about are universal; trust, civility, people, connections, relationships, and yes, a little leadership. You can review the whole range of ravings in the archives. There have been challenges along the way, some days I feel like there’s nothing left to say and other days the words just flow.

Well, in the immortal words of Bon Jovi, I’m halfway there and living on a prayer. Only halfway, but at least I’m halfway. Funny thing about setting a goal, it gives you focus. It gives you purpose. It gives you a reason for doing what you do, especially when another, better reason, is missing.

Thank you for joining me. Thank you for all the feedback, both in person and out here in cyberspace. Thank you for giving me the response that has given me the energy to keep it going.

Now, on to No. 27.

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