Off Duty Rule [Art by Paul Combs]

Posted by Paul Combs on November 27, 2013 at Fire Engineering


You laugh, but you know you’ve thought about it!!!

Have a safe and blessed Thanksgiving, everybody – and for Heaven’s sake, clean your chainsaw after the carving.

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What Is Your Theme For 2013?

globe-firefighter-reachingWherever you are and whatever you’re celebrating, I hope you and your family have had a safe and happy holiday. This is my final post of 2012, and I’d like to share with you something I started doing a few years ago when working on my master’s degree.

Every year since 2009, I’ve chosen a theme (mission) for the upcoming year. For 2009, I chose the theme transition because our home became an “empty nest” (our oldest son had been away at college for a few years and our youngest son had just joined the Air Force). My 2010 theme was learning because I had completed my master’s degree and I was ready to apply what I had learned. In 2011, innovation was my goal when I started writing this blog to share my thoughts on leadership and performance. Going into 2012 I focused on overcoming resistance through simpler and more effective goal-setting (Pressfield’s book Do The Work was a great help). Which brings me to the coming year.

My theme for 2013 is reach and grow. I want to build more on my writing and teaching by improving my blog, delivering more classes on leadership and performance, and starting a mentoring group. So the coming year looks to be a busy one!

I’m grateful for everything in 2012, and I am eager to get going on some new challenges for 2013. Thanks for being a part of FireGroundWorks.

What is your theme for 2013?

Service. Bravery. Safety. Honor. Dedication. Preparedness.

Service. Bravery. Safety. Honor. Dedication. Preparedness. FDNY’s mission when 343 brother firefighters gave their all to save others. Our thoughts and prayers are always with them.