I was looking at the WordPress Stats and this is my 42nd Post. I was fortunate to join PSPLife when 2016 was young and have continued on since then. I believe that I have become much more comfortable with writing blog posts.
On a Sunday evening in August the Planning Committee had a conference call to plan Cycle 11. It was a beautiful evening and I recall being outside on the call speaking with,
I made progress with my Time Management Goal. I got into the habit of Listing everything out and planning in advance. I have become more conscious of this and continue to improve on a system that works for me. I am also doing better at noting how long it takes me to do certain things so that I can plan better. I am also documenting my steps as well so that I can better delegate tasks to others. I have some risk aversion for things that require me to reach out for support. I am doing better at getting past my pride of being afraid to fail particularly in reaching out for support and/or relying on others. I am improving in this area and realizing that doing / risking is much more beneficial than not doing anything. What I didn’t do enough of this cycle is take advantage of the accountability components that are available in this group. For example, my buddy BRANDYMARIE1 would check in with me and ask questions including: If I had planned in advance? What I am trying to achieve on a particular day or week? This is where I get to improve. I believe that accountability is available in this group for anyone who asks for it. I get to embrace accountability on all levels even when it sometimes feel uncomfortable.had offered me support and I really didn’t take advantage of her accountability till the end of the cycle. For example she encouraged me to email, text my planned day the night before.
My biggest obstacle is myself. I sometimes don’t get out of my own way and spend too much time on things that take away from me focusing on my strengths. This is all the reason that I get to continue to create systems and delegate things so I can focus on what I do the best.
In my PSP for this Cycle I included the following:
My vision for the world: Connect and bring people together from different places, cultures, and values to foster better understanding with the goal of instilling love and peace. I truly enjoy communicating and connecting with people.
During this cycle I had at least three reminders that its essential for me to do what this vision says.
In late October, I had a surprise meeting with an old colleague/mentor who I used to work with, we will call him Mr. Kata. He is one of the product managers for a product that I helped develop in North America. We used to travel a lot together and would speak almost every day. I really respect him a lot but unfortunately I had not connected with him for some time. He was traveling in the United States and came to New York. I got a sudden call from one of my old colleagues in New York and she asked if I would be up for meeting everyone for a drink as Mr. Kata has not stopped talking about me for the entire trip. I was lucky to be free and was able to meet them. It was so nice to see Mr. Kata and was super flattered that he made time for me.
In November I spent a week at a tradeshow and traveling the area with a Japan based vendor in which we have a strong working relationship developed through years of building trust, rapport, and connection. This has kept us together despite me not having as much technical understanding of his products compared to other distributors in North America. I know that he and his company like me but I know that he is expecting more. Another incentive to manage my time more effectively though delegating so I can do more to grow his business.
Recently, a friend who runs a company that caters to the battery and electronic materials industries reached out to me for support. Like myself he works with a bunch of overseas companies. He is working with a new Japan based vendor and did not feel comfortable as the vendor did not speak a lot of English and my friend does not speak Japanese. My presence was helpful as this initial meeting helped my friend establish better credibility with this new vendor. I am flattered that my friend is comfortable with me to reach out like this.
Some of you may recall that I was a best man in a wedding for an old colleague / friend who is originally from China. The wedding was held in Wuxi China. As a result I ended up giving a speech to 500+ people. I had prepared to do so with little guidance. I don’t think that my friend knew what was planned. I ended up changing my speech at the last minute to match the setting and context. Anyway in October my friend sent me a link and said that I was the greatest “Best Man” one can have. I am in the video in a few places but my speech is at around 1:50. The sad part is I almost didn’t attend because I had stories that I did not have enough time to go. I definitely shifted and thought abundantly and it turned out to be a very memorable trip.
I get to remember that there are 1440 minutes in a day and I get to use them wisely.
My second goal is to become more flexible as in stretching more. I committed to even going to Yoga once per week. Although I continued to follow my exercise regimen via attending gym classes, I did not attend any yoga classes. I usually stretched more after every class I took and became aware of what I need to work on. My range of motion has improved and I feel that I have been loosening up more quickly than before. I believe Yoga will be helpful and aim to take advantage of classes. For example some of the gyms I attend offer Yoga as an option. I avoided accountability on this a too as RIANNA BUTTERFLY who is in my small group offered me options to go with her. even invited me to attend a class with her if I visited.
Thank you everyone for a great cycle! Looking forward to tomorrow’s meeting to celebrate everyone.