Set a goal big enough that in the process of achieving it, you become someone worth becoming. Jim Rohn

The day looks bright and beautiful and I hope not as hot as yesterday as our air conditioning is on the fritz.

At 5:30 yesterday morning, as we were getting ready to take our daughter and her husband to the airport they noticed water in their room. Their hardwood floor squished as they walked.

Oh no, a plumbing problem. We called the insurance company and they asked if there was a smell, and was the water rising. No smell, no rising water, so an adjuster will call by Tuesday or Wednesday. My husband checked the furnace room and the water seems to be coming from the furnace and air conditioner.

The air conditioner was working beautifully, just leaking. Then the question becomes how much air conditioning can we have, how much of a leak can we mop up. It turns out we can’t have any air unless we want to stay down and mop up continuously. If we have to stay in the basement to have air conditioning we can just stay in the basement without it.

Isn’t this how our life is sometimes? How much of something we don’t want can we put up with to get something we do want? When does coping with the problems created negate the benefit? Finding balance is hard.

Saying no to things that have a small benefit but take up a lot of time may become one of our biggest goals to create balance. I’ve submitted my Toastmasters Area Director Success Plan and my District Director has congratulated me on choosing to put out an area newsletter. I can’t believe I agreed to do that, but I pull out my Area Success Plan and that is what I wrote. I think I was following someone else’s success plan and thinking, “I just need to get this done” as the first fillable PDF didn’t save and I had to spend a second evening doing it. I’m to get any changes to her by today. I’ll be sure to get on that. No one reads those newsletters anyway so I think they are a waste of time and effort. Better to shoot off an email to actually get a response.

You can’t change your destination overnight, but you can change your direction overnight. Jim Rohn

Do I do this in my life regularly, make promises I have no intention of keeping? I don’t even remember making? Am I a flake? I think I’m someone that keeps my commitments, word, pulls my weight, makes a contribution, but maybe I’m overpromising and under delivering. I’m going to change that and start to under promise and over deliver.

Better they think this Area Director isn’t very serious, and I help a struggling club, than I promise big things but am unable to help a struggling club. A newsletter will not be what helps a struggling club. A newsletter is just busywork that doesn’t accomplish anything.

I’m not a big one for setting goals; I’m more going with the flow. Having to prepare a Success Plan before getting into the role is difficult, what do we put down? I wonder if it actually helps the Area and District. Everyone writes up something, just to put something on paper and pass it along to the next person in line, who also wrote something on paper and passed it along. Each person meets their clubs, areas, or districts and decides what is needed, what they think will be helpful and implements what they can

We can go with the flow too much, we can plan too much, we can control too much, especially when it is trying to control other people.

We are told if we want to succeed at something we need to set “Smart” goals.

Specific

Measurable

Attainable

Relevant

Time Bound.

This surely means we don’t write something down just to write something down. This has been my first mistake, but I have a chance to correct it, and so I shall.  I have certain responsibilities as an Area Director. I have to visit each club twice, write two reports on each club, one the first half of the year and one the second half of the year, and organize an area speech contest.

The development of clubs is going to be done by the Executive of the clubs. They create the club culture, they promote their clubs, they greet the guests and turn them into members, and they need to create a dynamic enough club to encourage current members to stay.  My job is to offer support if they want it. Not to micromanage capable people.

Being effective is not the same as being busy. As I go through my Success Plan I will delete everything that is not relevant, and likely to deliver big dividends. Just doing for doings sake is not my intention. They told me you grow as an Area Director, and I believe I already am.

What other areas of our life can we apply “Smart” goals too? Where are we just being busy instead of being effective? How much of our life could we simplify if we put our mind to it and made “smart” goals? Where are we overpromising and under delivering?

Don’t look at the big picture as the only achievement. Start with set, smart goals and work up to something bigger. Jordyn Wieber

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