When I retired from my job with the University, many asked me how it felt to retire. Well, it felt exciting. Still does! You see, now ALL of my time is my own to do with as I wish. I can spend all day lazing around the house. Play with the grandchildren more. Garden when I feel like. Travel at will without asking my boss for permission to take time off. Sleep in or not. Eat lunch on my schedule. My time is my own to use or waste. Do I do some or all of this? Sure. I retired from a job, not life. Ask me what I retired to and I will tell you I retired to LIFE. Living Intentionally For Excellence. I alone am responsible for all of my minutes so I choose to spend my time maximizing my relationships, health, personal development and effort to serve others. When you retire, what will you retire to?
I love to attend Leadership seminars! I find that they are great resources for stretching my mind. I attended one recently where the keynote speakers were a young couple named MacNamara. Here are a few of the nuggets I picked up. I hope they help you stretch your thinking!
- Curiosity is the cure for boredom.
- 95% of your success and failure is a reflection of whom you associate with.
- Don’t listen to those who do not have the results you want.
- Every problem introduces the person to her.
- It is hard to improve when you have no one but yourself
- To know the road ahead, ask those who are coming back to guide those coming along.
- Applied knowledge equals wisdom.
- Great things happen when we stop seeing ourselves as a gift to others and see others as a gift to us.
- Leaders encourage 90% of the time and correct only 10% of the time. People already know what they are doing wrong.
- If you aren’t doing something with your life, it doesn’t matter how long you live.
- Focus on self-development, not self-fulfillment. Becoming the best version of your self is the goal.
- Leaders never arrive. They are always stretching and growing.
- The people who start the journey with you may not finish with you. Their journey is not yours.
- Small choices lead to big habits.
- If you are truthful with yourself, you know you can do better than you are currently.
- If you miss a personal goal, don’t change the goal. Change the target date.
- A parent’s life is a child’s handbook.
- Don’t worry about whether or not your child is listening to you. Worry about whether or not your child is copying you.
- Don’t make promises when you are happy or decisions when you are angry.
- Debt is selling the future to live in the present.
- Big wins start with small ones.
- Detect the lies you tell yourself. Find the ones that are holding you back.