Earlier this year I moved into a different job within my company. Same employer. Different responsibilities. Different direct reports. Different scope of work. I’ve been learning new procedures, establishing new relationships, and adapting to a different group culture. My travel schedule has changed, my work hours are different, and my in-office vs remote days are different. That’s enough change to make anyone wide-eyed each day!
Yet, despite all the adjustments in my life over the past few months, my personal and work missions have not changed. I continue daily to pursue connecting people together using systems and solutions. New routines don’t change that. That’s why it’s important to find and define those things in life that give us energy, motivation, and purpose. I believe defining and recognizing our mission provides the foundation for establishing life rhythms. These are the recurring daily and weekly actions that are completed for a purpose.
The same journey.
Reflecting and writing about my life change has made me realize I’m still on the same journey. I’ve added a few new experiences and met some new colleagues. I discovered more about my existing friends, who I leaned on during the transition. But my direction is the same. I’m gravitating back to the same rhythms that brought me this far. Things like:
- Start the day before 6am
- Opt for the phone over email (and texting) when practical
- Look for the business value behind technology solutions
- Ask colleagues how I can help them be successful
- Provide honest feedback to team members in the spirit of continuous improvement
- Follow-up on commitments to earn trust and respect
- Walk after dinner every day with my wife
- Express gratitude for grace and love
If you have methods for staying on your true North and keeping your rhythms hold onto them. They will be your roadmap even when the scenery changes around you.
Onward and upward!
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