Ironman Calling

Ironman Florida Swim Start

If anyone would care to join me for Ironman Florida, you are more than welcome. (Photo credit: ZarrSadus)

Hello all, long time no talk. When I first started this blog, my intention was to force myself into a structured writing ritual that would allow me to produce a book. Don’t know why, but writing a book was always a goal of mine. Along the way, I thought I might actually be able to help a few people to manage a little more effectively. None of us are born great managers, it is a learned behavior. I know that many folks do not have a great manager to mentor them, so I was hoping that I could at least offer some guidance on how I feel management should be handled. I finished the book about two months ago. It has all of the content that I wanted and I just need to write a forward and a chapter introduction or two and it is ready to be proofread and published. It has been 99% done for two months, yet I cannot seem to find the motivation to complete it and publish it? Why is that? I am honestly not sure.

So having accomplished what I set out to accomplish what’s next? I don’t know. I can tell you that I have completely lost any motivation to write. Not sure how or why, but I cannot bring myself to write anything at this point. It is not a lack of ideas, but rather a complete lack of motivation. It has felt like a job to write anything for the last few weeks. It is no longer a labor of love. That concerned me, so I stopped writing. I suspect I will write again, but it will not be this week. I can’t produce quality content if my heart is not in it, and if I cannot produce quality content then I would rather not produce anything.

As for my immediate plans, I will finish the book before year-end and publish it. I don’t have crazy expectations on it changing the world, but I think it is a pretty good resource for managers so I want to ensure that it is available. If it sells ten copies, I will consider it a smashing success. I am also going to go back into the realm of endurance sports. One thing that has definitely suffered during my brief writing career, is my fitness level. I have put on a few pounds and generally feel out of shape. So to fix that, I have decided I am going to participate in the 2013 running of the Florida Ironman Triathlon. It is a quick 2.4 mile swim, 112 bike and 26.2 run. I have about 18 months to prepare and I have lined up a coach to help ensure I live through the training program. The Ironman race has fascinated me since I learned of its existence, but I have never had the guts to commit to it. I am locked in on it now and will get it crossed off my list before the end of next year. I would also like to knock out a 50 mile ultramarathon at some point, but we will have to see where that fits into my schedule.

So that’s what is going on. So many bloggers have come and gone since I started this blog, and I did not just want to go out without saying a word. I really don’t think that I am done writing, but we will see. I can tell you that training for the Ironman will require many isolated hours of running and biking that will give me plenty of time for self-reflection. Somewhere in there, I just may find my motivation again.

I cannot thank each and every one of you enough for the support that you have shown me. I am not going away completely; I will still try to actively comment on other blogs just so you don’t forget me. That’s all for now, but I will check back soon (I promise). If you are not signed up to get updates from me when I post, now would probably be a good time to sign up. Not sure when I will write again, but when I do it likely to be pretty good stuff.

One Of My Bigger Regrets

 I really do not have many regrets in life.  Partially because I make reasonably intelligent choices most of time, and partially because I am too arrogant to admit I made a mistake in the first place.  That being said, one of my greatest regrets in life has been my complete lack of effort in attempting to maintain relationships.  I am great at building relationships with the people I work with, but when we no longer work together for whatever reason those relationships quickly fade away.  I don’t make a strong enough effort to keep in touch with people.

 I have been making much more of an effort to reconnect with some of the people from my past.  I have harnessed the power of LinkedIn and used it to reach out to many people that I have not spoken to in years.  I have picked up the phone and called a few people as well. 

I would love to tell you that the result has been a magical rekindling of old friendships and I was able to pick back up right where I left off with all of my old contacts.   I would love to tell you that, but that would not exactly be the truth.  In some cases, I have absolutely reconnected and I think I actually brought some joy to the people I was reaching out to.  My call was unexpected and I was reaching out for no other purpose than I wanted to talk to them.  I think it made them feel very appreciated and special.  In other cases the calls were very awkward and I think they were waiting for me to ask for something or trying to figure out what my angle was.  Every call may not have had a fairy tale ending, but a few of them really made some old friends smile so I would consider the effort a success.

Here is my advice to you, reach out to an old contact today.  Call them, don’t email your communication.  I had a much higher success rate with the phone calls I made as opposed to the emails I sent.  If one of your old contacts is still local to you, then arrange to have coffee or meet for breakfast one morning. My career path would have been far better if I had taken the time to maintain relationships throughout my career.  It took me a very long time to realize the value of maintaining relationships.  Fortunately, I like to believe that I am still evolving so I am taking the necessary actions to correct my behaviors.  Learn from my mistakes and regrets and reach out to someone today that you have not spoken to in a long time.  Step away from Twitter and Facebook and actually connect with someone today.   

It turns out your Iphone can actually be used for more than updating your Facebook page. It can actually make phone calls as well.