Well, the calendar tells us its summer time and we all know that come Labor Day, summer time comes to an end. Mr. Mike’s post below reminds us to plan ahead and plan forward. In my eyes, they only way we can accomplish this is by placing our Big Rocks First (click here for full post). We should make a significant effort to plan for those two or three seminal events (vacation anyone?) of the summer and then fit all the other activities around those big rocks.
Mr. Mike, the floor is yours…
To: The Great Leaders Who Have a Passion for Continuous Learning
With the beginning of summer for those of us in the northern hemisphere Philip Humbert ‘s article, “Make It One Heck of a Summer”, and its message of carpe diem again comes to mind. I share this at the beginning of each summer as its point continues to serve us well as a moment of reflection of something great to come. In the article he talks about how he and his wife in October seemed to always have the same conversation about summer: “Oh, no! Where did the summer go?” Moments later the house was filled with whining and moaning, a few complaints and exclamations that, “I can’t believe we let it get away again!” I believe his experience is similar to most of ours and that come October, we may look back with similar regrets.
His point is to remind us that we are in control. Our summer and how we will spend it is our hands. It is about goal setting. Human beings, he says, are by nature “goal-setting and goal-achieving creatures.” We set goals everyday – from the planning of our daily schedule to planning what we will eat during the week. So, if we are to have the greatest summer of our lives, we need to plan to make it the greatest. Start today. Circle dates on the calendar and mark them with things you want and love to do. Fill it up and let it overflow the brim. Live this summer as the greatest you have ever had! It is your beautiful and special life to live to its fullest. Stretch yourself to do new things, uncover new possibilities and happiness – for you, your family and those around you. And in October, look back proudly with satisfaction at what you have achieved, learned and experienced. Happiness and success is in your choosing and doing. Choose wisely and choose well!
Have a beautiful day, a fantastic week and a joyous and magnificent summer!!!
Michael M. Reuter
Director, Center for Leadership Development
Stillman School of Business
Seton Hall University
Tel: (Office) 973.275.2528