Most important day of your professional year

Every year I spend one full day at the beginning of each semester doing a planning retreat. I have done this a variety of different ways over the years, like most years I reserved a room at Our Lady of Fatima retreat center in Indy and didn’t see another person the whole day.

The rare semesters that I have not done this I have felt like I was working from behind all semester. 

Below is a list of questions that I worked through this year. I answer these questions in a posture of prayer and listening as best as I am able.

Out of this activity I have 4 priorities, 4 “I will’s” and 5 words that I use to set my calendar for the semester.

What’s your job?

Not your job title, but your job. What do you do when you’re doing your work? What’s difficult and important about what you do, what change do you make, what do you do that’s hard to live without and worth paying for?

“I change the people who stop at my desk, from visitors to guests.”

“I give my boss confidence.”

“I close sales.”

If your only job is “showing up,” time to raise the stakes.

(From Seth Godin)

What are your top 4 Priorities for Sept 1-Dec 30th 2014?

The number one reason to focus;

You will care more about the things that aren’t working yet, you’ll push through the dip, you’ll expend effort and expose yourself to fear.

When you have a lot of balls in the air, it’s easy to just ignore the ones that make you uncomfortable or that might fall.

Success comes from doing the hard part. When the hard part is all you’ve got, you’re more likely to do it.

And this is precisely why it’s difficult to focus. Because focusing means acknowledging that you just signed up for the hard part.

(From Seth Godin)

What 5 single words do you aspire to describe you or your ministry this semester?

What scripture do you want to guide you this semester?

What commitments will you make this semester? 

I will…

What are you good at?

What are you weak at?

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