I'm so bad at staying in touch, I feel embarrassed about it. My new job is making me painfully aware of it. I'm so deep into the new responsibilities, filling every minute with activity, that I don't leave any room to stop and phone or email most of you guys with whom I've spent so many good moments in the past.
I acknowledge everyone suffers from this to some extent. I understand we all set expectations too high that we never meet afterwords. I know it happens to all of us. BUT, believe me, I'm the worst person at this that I've ever met. I'm just never the one that sets up the lunch, or sends the text. Besides, the plant that I had in my office has just died due to lack of watering. It is so methaforical that it must mean something.
When reflecting on it, I believe it's all about awareness and perspective. On one hand, the extraordinary attention and focus and dedication I devote to a new challenge makes me very effective on achieving goals and getting things done. But focus takes its toll on perspective. And, as it happens with all life's impossible balances, there is never an optimal solution. In this case, though, I simply feel that I'm too biased.
So here's my public commitment to try and improve in this front. Will I be able to push back on years of education and conditioning to do one more task and do it perfectly? Will I be able to trade off one meeting for an email or call to an old friend? If I stumble, I will get back to this note to:
- First, don't forget what life's all about.
- Then, believe a better balance leads to better performance in every front.
- Finally, start slow.
Principles look good in written words, but have to be translated on hundreds of small decisions in everyday life. Let's see if I'm up to this challenge. I'm accountable to all of you guys, so no way to escape from it.