I've lost some of the most important people in my life during the last two years. It's made me keenly aware of how brief our lives are. The moments of our lives are precious resources not to be wasted.
Standing in the kitchen before sunrise, your sleepy headed daughter stumbles her way in for a cup of coffee. This is a moment.
"Good morning. How is my precious daughter today?" delivered with smile and a hug. What a wonderful moment.
It's these wonderful moments that also tease us with fantasies about giving up "the rat race" and staying here in this moment forever.
But this role of mother is just one of my roles and I am committed to my responsibilities in the others as well. If I can just learn to seize all of the moments of my day, in all of my roles what kind of impact could I make?
A few years ago, Alan and I read The E-Myth Revisited by Michael Gerber and it changed our lives. We were at a place with the business where we weren't surewe could ever have our weekends to spend with our families without suffering late nights playing catch up. The business ran us and we had no control.
E-Myth changes our lives because it acknowledged this plight of the small business owner and suggested that there was a path to changing it. Since that time we've made small strides in the business and even bigger strides in our health and happiness. The book gave us hope and that is what we needed.
Now it is a few years later, and we still haven't achieved the level of confidence we want, but as I reflect on our achievements I wonder why. We've had success, but once we achieve a goal, we set a new one and move on. We don't take time to step back and look at what we've accomplished like we do on our home building projects.
In early November, I began changing the way I worked. I started committing more time to my leadership role and focusing on big rocks. If you're not familiar with the Stephen Covey concept, read this summary.
I was worried that taking the time away from my operational responsibilities would have a devestating effect on the bottom line, but I felt I had no choice. I have the best staff I have ever had, but the big rocks piling up kept them from being wildly successful individually. If I don't take a leap of faith now, the big changes I want will never happen because these wonderful people will lose their motivation.
In just eight weeks we've designed and implemented a performance and training plan that I've tried to get off the ground since 2006. Yesterday, we announced the plan to the staff and have had very positive reviews.
Moving big rocks helps me to maximize those precious moments as a business owner, a wife, a mother, a daughter...
This year, I'm going to save my list of goals off to a special file instead of just deleting them from my planner as they are completed. I'm going to sit around a roaring fire with our associates and toast each of our accomplishments in 2012. I'm going to thank them for making it possible.