I think it’s important to take some time every once in a while to figure out where you’re headed and how you’re getting there. I think having future plans is important, but it is just as important to be flexible about those plans. The most recent example is my “leg-issue” and the marathon. Let’s say it’s a stress fracture and I’m out for 6 weeks – that puts my training way behind. So instead of the running, I’m finding other ways that I can keep fit so that I can still achieve my goal.
Of course, sometimes things change – what was once important to you has now taken a backseat, and that’s okay. I’ve had a lot of things change for me in the past few months – a lot of great opportunities, some new roads to walk down, and a lot of new people in my life. When this happens, I find it necessary to take a moment to stop, check out my map, and figure out where I’m going and how to get there.
I try to narrow my focus down to three things because any more will just pull me in too many directions. So here’s where my focus is right now (in no specific order):
– My Marathon Training. Because of my leg, I’ll be modifying this (more on that tomorrow), but it’s still very important to me.
– Getting my CCNA Certification. This will open a lot of doors for me professionally. First, I’ll get a bonus at my current job for getting my CCNA. Second, this will also increase my pay as a professor for UMUC when I decide to follow through with that opportunity in the Spring. And as an IT professional, it’s important for me to have this specific cert.
– My EP. I’ve been talking with people about this for a while, but it’s time that I start working on it. I have some people that are going to be helping me out and they are ready to go, so I need to start focusing on this more.
In a few months, it will be interesting for me to look back at this list and see how/if things change. I fully expect them to change, and that’s okay – as long as I am constantly moving forward and improving, I don’t care how I get there.