OK, folks, so February is all about career. And how fortunate I am to have one that I love – most of the time. For true happiness, though, that ‘most’ ought to become ‘all’ (though that has to be impossible, surely no matter how much you love what you do there will be the odd day where a colleague doesn’t do what they should, unwelcome visitors appear on the doorstep or little Danny knocks himself out in street dance?)
With all of this in mind, February needs some thought.
Here are the four focused targets I prepared earlier:
Enjoy the fun of failure
Ask for help
I tend to think I work pretty SMART anyway (for anyone unsure, and to remind myself, I believe that stands for working towards targets that are specific, measurable, achievable, r****** and time constrained. Damn, what is the R?).
Failure is something we all face time and time again in the workplace, the challenge is to learn from it and not take it too seriously – enjoy the experience for its own sake. This links back nicely to one of my overarching targets which is to be less sensitive. Asking for help is such a valuable skill and one that does get easier as you get older – a bit bizarre this, because you’re more experienced and know more, so shouldn’t generally need much help anyway. But if you are aiming high, then inevitably you will be looking at promotion and all its myriad dimensions of tougher challenges with fewer people to call upon. Leadership is a lonely place. Ask the Queen.
The most important target, though, just has to be ‘enjoy now’, which is true of work and life in general. What is the point of hankering after a past that has gone, or a future that may change beyond recognition when compared to the vision in your mind’s eye?
As a true ‘Happiness Project’ aficionado, at this point I have to remind myself that this little set of targets sits on top of January’s – the trick is to change daily habits until new ones with a positive outcome become entrenched. Probably just as well that the ones for February match so closely to what I am planning to do anyway!
Time for a little photographic interlude, methinks, not least because this is one of the many back up career plans should the main one, teaching, go pear shaped.