This subject was covered back in the February 2009 edition of Firehouse Magazine. In that article, I covered the plan which I created for myself for the decade of my 60's. I laid out the things I hoped to accomplish. However, you will note that no where within the paragraphs of that piece did I mention anything about date and times. I did mention people, because it is only with the help of friends and mentors that I have any hope of achieving my goals.
Just to let you know, I have made progress on a number of my goals for the period 2007-2017. I have accomplished the following:
· I have studied the manner in which my friend and Brother Mason Steve Austin manages the elements of his time and accomplishes his tasks. I am a bit better, but still have lots of room for improvement.
· I have worked to improve my listening skills. I have also begun to taken an herbal hearing support formulation. There is still a great deal of work to be done here, but I am trying.
· I have completed my personal integrity statement. You can see it in the archives of my Firehouse.com blog.
· I have begun the process of studying the elements of faith which make up the manner in which the Reformed Church in America conducts its faith delivery message.
· My mentoring program under Steve and Jack Peltier of Massachusetts is underway. This is a long-term project and I will continue under their tutelage.
· I am mentoring a number of fire officers around the United States. One of my successes is now the Fire Chief in a North Carolina community. Others are progressing and I am offering advice as needed. Sharing with others is critical to me.
· I have read two different leadership texts this year. I am a bit behind but hope to pick up speed in the coming year,
· I managed to create a new university educational program in the field of fire service administration. You will be reading more on this in the months to come.
· I co-authored a fire service article for a non-fire service peer-reviewed journal as I indicated I would.
· My contributions to the fire service literature have continued and I have delivered programs at two of the major fire service conferences. There would have been more, but health issues prevented me from going to Dallas back in August.
· I am maintaining all of my musical organization relationships. I find a great deal of satisfaction and relaxation in the simple acting of playing my tuba.
It is my hope that in sharing these thoughts with you that I can lead by example within the American Fire Service. That is another of my personal goals. My plans and goals are in place, and I am continuing my efforts toward attaining those goals. This is one man's way of doing business and while I have my detractors, the one thing they can never heap on my shoulders is an allegation that I am not living my life in the manner which I suggest for you to use.
As we enter the second decade of the 21st Century, let me offer you my hopes and prayers for a safe and Happy New Year. Remember, I want you to set solid, measurable goals. Please no resolutions about losing 100 pounds by Thanksgiving. However, it is my intention to set an additional goal for the coming year. I want to see less of myself in the mirror by Christmas of 2010. How much less? I just cannot tell you, but I have set my goal. Take care and stay safe.