O-N-E HUNDRED – Fish Do Not Climb Trees

Goals are a most wonderful thing. They help you be more than you thought possible and build the self-confidence needed to be successful.

by Pete Ferguson

At the end of May this year I sat in a converted barn known as The Sanctuary in Franklin, Tennessee. I was just winding down an intense, but very enjoyable, two-day training entitled Coaching with Excellence.

I sat with a blank sheet of paper knowing that I needed to write down several goals. And so I decided on the following:

  1. Write 100 blogs – at least one 4 times a week
  2. Hold a preview for a coaching seminar by September
  3. Complete a coaching seminar
  4. Sign up two paid coaching clients

Today marks the 100th blog, and I’ve stuck to the minimum of four times a week. In August I had the free preview and learned a lot. I’m currently reevaluating if the last two goals are where I still want to focus.

At work I’m currently focused on training and creating a career path for our staff members and that may be a new direction that is a better fit for this stage of my life.

I still enjoy the process of talking to people about their careers and resumes. However in the dabbling I’ve done, it doesn’t seem like career coaching is a great fit.

There are excuses and then there is understanding how you are built. I have a PhD in excuses, so I know this change in course is not one. On Dan Miller’s website, 48days.com, I found this quote this morning:

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” ― Albert Einstein

It is a great reminder that in pursuit of following my passion, I must pay close attention to the queues. If people are not daily approaching me for advice on how to get a job – that probably is not where I need to go.

So I’m retooling, and paying close attention to where I’m naturally bent to go in a conversation with others and what unique gift I have that sets me apart from everyone else.

“If things start happening, don’t worry, don’t stew, just go right along and you’ll start happening too.”
― Dr. Seuss

One goal that I am going to continue for another 100 is the writing of this blog. Thank you for following it and supporting me along the way. It has been a great achievement and a long time wish transformed into reality.

Learn: What goals have you set this year that have been a success? Congratulations! Well done! What goals can still be squeezed into the last quarter?

Act: Moving forward is a great thing. Movement in any direction is great too because it means you are alive. Get moving!

Share: In reading a page of Dr. Seuss quotes this morning, I’m sure glad he shared his writings. What greatness is bottled up inside of you that needs to see the light of day?


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