The last assignments for the year have been submitted and now it’s time to put the feet up until Feb with the knowledge that if I walked away now, I’d stroll away with a diploma in applied business.
Not a bad effort some someone who has only studied the Laws of Cricket and his naval in the last 15 years.
The diploma does not go on my resume though. Unless I walk away from study. If, well actually when, I stay on to study next year I will complete the associate degree in applied business so despite the fact I’ve done enough for a qualification, I don’t get it because I want something better.
Isn’t that always the way. Something better on offer so we have a crack. I don’t like the idea of settling for what I have. Take our residential status at the moment for example. We rent a nice house in a great area within a school zone which works well for our kids. That doesn’t mean we will be there forever, we plan to buy/build a house within the same school zone. We want bigger and better and we do things that make it such.
There are also jobs. I saw a shiny opportunity last week and had a crack at a position as a secondment as media coordinator for the Hobart Hurricanes WBBL team. This was a prime job, a three-month contract and the chance to revert to working with match official when it was all finished. I missed out on the job to a guy who was a lot more qualified than me. I’m not snakey about it at all and reflecting on it, I was lucky to have been given an interview. This would not have happened had I not been doing this course as the key selection criteria were all things covered in the last 12 months.
The idea of self-improvement and self-reflection is a great one when something comes to an end, like a school year, but it also gives you the chance to look forward.
To quote Johnny Cash from a concert at the Paramore Theatre in New Jersey in 1990 before he played his classic Sunday Morning Coming Down.
“Reflecting back on where I’ve been is important for me to do sometimes because I don’t want to lose track of where I’m trying to go.”
This time of the year gives us all a chance to reflect with family and friends and set new goals. Not New Year resolutions because they inevitably fair because no forethought is put into them. They are a wish-list rather than goals.
The reflection part is a key component of self-improvement. So why not have a look at these four questions about self-improvement in a reflective and objective manner.
- How much have you done this year?
- How did this help you in your life?
- What do you want to do next year?
- Can what you’ve done this year be worked into what you want to do next year?
For me, we will be with family this Christmas and over as quiet stubby will get the chance to talk about what we have done over the last year. This to me is the greatest opportunity to self-reflect. you can use any number of self-reflection or self-assessment tools but a simple chat with a family member will tease out more information than you realise.
What other reflection can you do over the holidays. I know I will be reflecting at a river somewhere fishing with my kids that way Grandad taught me to fish.
The river is my happy place through any meditation that I do and going down there gives the opportunity to slow down, fish, eat sandwiches and all in a place with no mobile phone reception. Heaven on earth.
Finally, thanks to all the people who have read my blogs of the course of the last 12 months. They have been read in 23 countries as far flung as Kenya, the US, PNG, Kuwait and Sri Lanka. I plan to put pen to paper during the school holidays so I won’t disappear even though Uni has finished for the year. There is still heaps of cricket, family and general topics to cover in the break.
Please, leave e a comment, reblog or a simple like if you have enjoyed what I’ve put oput this year.
I have really enjoyed writing for you all and hope you will follow me into the new school year in 2018 where we can share the experience of completing the associate degree in applied business.