Take a Moment to Relax and Reflect

Photo by Tim Olk

Photo by Tim Olk

We live in a busy, noisy, and much of the time confusing world that will quickly overcome and run our lives if we let it. That’s why it’s important to take a moment to relax and reflect on where we’ve been and where we want to go.

Here are a few ways to reflect on your life lessons and apply them to the future.

Seven Questions to Ask Yourself About Last Year

[by Michael Hyatt at Intentional Leadership — Use this time to review major events of the past year, writing down the answers to some specific questions.]

The week between Christmas and New Years is one of the most unproductive times of the year. While retailers are as busy as ever, many businesses just shut down. Even businesses that stay open run on a skeleton crew. Many employees take the week off, benefiting from the additional holidays for an extended vacation.

However, as a leader, this can be an incredibly productive time—a quieter time—when you reflect on the past and look forward to the year ahead. Today, I want to focus on reflecting on this past year. It is important that we complete that before we move on to the future. Read more …

What has 2011 Taught You About Officer Safety and Effectiveness?

[by Fred Leland Jr. at Law Enforcement & Security Consulting — Taking the experiences of last year as an opportunity to learn.]

“I learned that good judgment comes from experience and that experience grows out of mistakes.” ~General of the Army Omar N. Bradley

As this is the last week of the year, many of us are understandably looking back at the past 12 months and discussing what we consider to be the significant events of 2011. In most cases, such discussions tend to focus on the numerous challenges and upheavals we’ve either watched from afar or witnessed first-hand. From police response to crisis to police officers being ambushed and killed in the line of duty. There’s no question this year has brought about much adversity and numerous lessons we can learn from. Read more ..

8 Things to Do For Your Crew

[This is an article I wrote in 2008 for FireRescue1.com — Eight straightforward ideas that leaders can use to help their people stay ahead next year.]

1. Be an informer
Passing on relevant information about decisions, plans and activities to the people (your firefighters) who need it to do their work is vital. You can’t expect them to accomplish goals that they know nothing about. Discuss the daily objectives at the morning briefing, including any training, inspections, pre-fire plans or scheduled community education. You can never provide too much information to your people. Read more ..

How about it? Is it time to take a moment to relax and reflect?  What are some of the things you’ve learned from last year? How can you get better this year?

 

 

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