Before setting my 2022 goals, I’d like to share my three learnings of 2021, which will become the foundation of my new goals in 2022:
1. I have learned that having a vision is essential, but it needs to be remined constantly. As leader, you cannot get tired of communicating the vision, as it helps guide you and your team’s journey. I still get excited when I mention our District 97 vision “to become a full-fledge district by June 30,. 2022,” even if I said it for the umpteenth time.
2. “Do not fear failure but rather fear not trying.” ― Roy T. Bennett. Just when I thought I was on top of everything in relation to getting to the big picture, something went wrong (Area Directors tendered their resignation in the middle of the term, disruptions caused by COVID 19 pandemic, etc) and it brought me backward in terms of energy and motivation. Toastmasters International in general, and District 97 in particular, had to reengineer our “ways of doing things.”
3. Be patient. “Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.” ― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh.
Being a highly ambitious person makes me more likely to take opportunities where I find them, and work towards opening new opportunities. However the speed of my ambitions does not always match the expectations. For example, chartering an advanced niche clubs takes time (and many meetings), reviving clubs needs to mobilize the whole “community.” So the vision and setting milestones are good things, but you should be aware that not everything is under your control.
What about you? What did you learn in 2021?