I had a week full of reasons to reflect on the importance of finding what drives us to be who we are. I spent two days at NASA’s annual Project Management (PM) Challenge, and then finished up the weekend supporting my beautiful wife in her quest to complete the Disney Princess ½ Marathon (for the 3rd time).
We have all been given advice to find ‘what drives us’, we’ve heard it all our life; follow your dreams, do what you love, reach for the stars. Unfortunately we sometimes get too caught up in life to really take the time to assess if we’re following this age old advice.
You might quickly respond; “I don’t have the time”, “my dreams won’t put food on the table”, “It is too late”.
This week reminded me that “we have to make time”, “we all get complacent, but when challenged we can find a way”, and “it is NEVER too late”. We just need to find (or be reminded of) what inspires us.
NASA’s Program Management (PM) Challenge is all about finding a way to evolve ourselves, our processes, and how we manage; in order to excel at whatever it is that drives us, what inspires greatness in us. This conference provided hundreds of aerospace & defense professionals time to reflect on what drives them personally and professionally. The conference also allows for face-to-face interaction with individuals that you may not normally cross paths with (remember face-to-face… yeah that thing that we can’t do too well with Social Media!). The take away for me during those two days was a renewed inspiration surrounding my desire to make a difference in this world with as large of an audience as possible, while also appreciating the environment that I’m currently in.
The Disney Princess ½ Marathon is an event my wife has participated in since 2010. She was drawn to run in support of a dear friend and neighbor who lost her life to cancer. The event supports the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, raising money to help find a cure and enhance the life of those who figured out what drove them through an unfortunate life changing event. The Disney property was full of stories from those who know, or better yet, are cancer survivors. It is amazing how such a horrible disease can bring out the true meaning of life … do what you love, find what drives you, enjoy every moment.
Enjoy the week ahead, something or someone will surely inspire you to realize what is important to you, what is needed for fulfillment in your life. If your week is full of stress, may I suggest making time to lace up your sneakers and get out for a walk or run; let your mind run wild and refocus to the present, go conquer, only one person is holding you back; you!
Congrats to my wife who blew her previous ½ marathon time out of the water by 20 minutes, what a way to establish your new personal record (PR). In the words of Will.I.Am from The Black Eyed Peas …. “You can go hard, or you can go home!”