It ain’t over!
Have you completed a task and wondered to yourself; was that it? Or are you comfortably settled-in after reaching a goal you set for yourself long ago? If you are not sure if you fall into either category or are wondering if you should relax after reaching a milestone, let me reassure you that “it ain’t over”. Years ago, I may have believed that once I completed a particular task such as earn a degree or get a promotion, I was done and ready to move on with my life, however, the past 12 years has taught me a lot.
During my journey, I realized that I couldn’t just stop, sit back and relax, but rather I had to continue moving forward, in fact, I am not sure when I will be able to sit back and relax and I am okay with that. What I learned is that we must embrace the idea of being lifelong learners and to continue moving ourselves forward. Now today I cannot imagine a moment without the thought of taking every opportunity to learn or to grow both personal and professional.
The key is to have some type of development plan in place that guides you to focus on the next big thing. Of course, I highly recommend you take the time to celebrate reaching this goal. If you recall in one of my most recent blogs, remember life is a marathon not a sprint so this goal is only a stepping stone or another rung on the achievement ladder. Not to say that each achievement should be overlooked or quickly put aside as a common event, but rather I believe it should be viewed as contributing to you being the best that you can be.
If you can take a long hard look at yourself in the mirror and honestly say, I have done all that I can do and I can’t do anymore then maybe you might need to change your focus area, because I can guarantee there is always something you can do to improve yourself. If needed, take the time to reevaluate your priorities to see if you have accomplished what you intended to accomplish in your lifetime. Most importantly evaluate if you are where you want to be when it is all said and done.
Remember it ain’t over!!
Dr. Joseph E. Hamlett