Just read David Cummings post entitled “Do More Good Stuff in 2015“.   It made me think of a few things I want to do – and I few things I should discontinue.  Since my mind can only focus on 3 things at a time (personal limitation), here goes.

The Top Three Things I Want to Do

Take the Dare

I am a planner and a list maker. I research and evaluate. But some of the biggest and most heartfelt items on my bucket list, I just need to get it done.  Time is marching on. Some items have been on the list for more than a decade.

Shorten the List

Whatever list is.  Whatever it is about – just focus on the top 3.  Only handle the rest if they rise to the top.

Implement – Now

We have all heard the story about the shoemakers’ kids not having shoes.  I plan and implement training projects.  I assess workplace needs and then chart a course, a pathway to address the needs of the business.  But after the workday has ended, I tend to leave those skills, and tools at the office  I need to apply those skills that keep workplace projects on target and on a budget to my non-professional goals. These are items on my bucket list. Some may cause ripples in my professional bucket list – others may impact my personal bucket list. Ultimately – who owns the bucket list(s)?  I do.   I have proven those skills will work…  who deserves the be the recipient more than my personal self?

Top 3 Things I Should Discontinue

The perfect moment is now

Rather than wait until I have the perfect course or workshop ready to launch, I need to realize that perfect is now, and 80% complete surpasses 100%  of “never done at all”.

Feeding for a day

Somewhere along the way, I forgot my grandfather’s voice in the back of my head.  He was a lover of words. He had a quotation (we called them “sayings” back then) for every situation.  I can hear him reminding me not to do things for my little sister.  Instead, he encouraged me to “teach her how to fish” for herself – show her how to fix her own lunch or do her own research in the encyclopedia (remember those?)  Then he reasoned, she would “stop asking me” and could do it herself.  Decades later, I am still feeding – instead of teaching how to fish.  Time to head his advice and make Grandpa proud.


I can’t take credit for this one.  “Don’t Take it Personal.”   In the early days of my training and education career, my peers and I attended a year-long corporate training university.  It consisted of a set of courses focused on taking potential trainers and turning them into top-notch training professionals.  The T3 included a series of month-long courses at the corporate university, lots of co-teach and solo training opportunities with daily team feedback and evaluations.  Whenever we received an evaluation from the lead trainers that were less than stellar, we would console each other after class.  Invariably one of the trainer candidates would say “DTIP – a gentle reminder that it is isn’t always personal, and you can choose your reaction and subsequent action.

Time to double dare myself … and “get to it”!

Published 1/3/2015; Updated 12/23/15; Updated 3/18/2020