A Labor Day Declaration

On this Labor Day week, I am going to do the following. Think about your own annual Labor Day declaration – what a great way to start a new season.

I will start:

Learning more and noticing how and where it happens

Discovering ways I can recall my learning or find it again

Working 10% less and 20% smarter (notice the net gain of 10% more)

Helping others more – I get back so much in return

Exploring new ideas and thoughts frequently

Sharing my ideas with others and learning from their ideas

Doing it – not just thinking – because if you don’t do it, you’ll never know

Using more of my talents than the few that are asked for in my job

Letting others know my talents and making sure I’m using my talents

Combining work and life more,  since work is too often 24/7

Keeping a face to the future and a memory to the past

Staying in contact more with my connections

Exploring all that life has to offer

Reviewing this declaration every Labor Day and adding/subtracting to it

I will stop:

Thinking there’s only one way

Not trying – I need to try and fail more to have more successes

Trying to remember everything – you can’t!

Not using tools I have signed up for – I’ll learn how to use them

Not reading my manuals – even if it’s just glancing through them

Feeling stuck at times – there’s ALWAYS a way, a solution, some help

Feeling guilty

Trying to do everything – no one can – but I can do as much as I can

Keeping the lows low and highs high but try and even it out a bit more

Missing any opportunities that are there

In sum: Don’t miss your opportunity – keep learning a part of your life!

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About hprager

Father, husband, brother and son. Delighted to be friends and mentor to so many wonderful people. Passionate about: leadership, learning and development, education, nature and the environment, youth, music, jazz, the tuba, Israeli dancing, networking and helping others, humor, laughter, swimming, hiking, the Cubs, Northwestern athletics, theater, musicals, concerts, traveling and making new friends wherever I go. Helping the world be a better place when I leave it.
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