You will have guessed by now that an important stress-busting tool for me is finding a distraction. I couldn’t do my job without it. It can be a very small thing but doing it regularly gives my brain something to think about other than where the heck I am going to find the money for that new laser cutter tube.
For five years I posted a “thought for the day” on the VLE…every school day…for five years…until someone convinced The Boss that it wasn’t valuable and he told me it was time to try something new (it was at that point I turned to blogging so, although it pains me to say it, he was right!)
Finding a new “thought” or, more usually, a quote for 190 days of the year is no mean feat, but scrolling through all the incredible things people from all walks of life have done or said, gives you an amazingly positive outlook on life.
I’ve think I have probably used all the most popular ones over time. My very favourite is still – The Stone Age didn’t end because they ran out of stones – it reminds me that I have to keep moving forward, embracing change and innovating. That I’m not going to get anywhere by standing still.
I also love the Ronald Reagan quote “When I’ve heard all I need to make a decision, I don’t take a vote. I make a decision.” This reminds me that I am responsible and accountable for my own decisions, good or bad. And that I also must take responsibility for the decisions of my teams too.
Lastly, a quote that inspires me every time is something Spock says to McCoy at a time of high tension on the Enterprise. “If crew morale is better served by my roaming the halls weeping, then I will gladly defer to your medical expertise”. This helps me remember that my role is to lead teams and manage processes, to be strong, to solve problems and resolve issues, not collapse in a heap when the going gets tough or someone tries to put me down.
And what makes me strong? My family (of course) with their wonderful diversity of personalities and interests as well of the strength of our love for each other. The fields surrounding my home. Getting enough sleep, exercise and eating right. Letting my hair down occasionally. Inspirational people (like you). Mindfulness and yes, those little distractions that even in a day full of nonsense makes me feel like I have learnt something
So when I stop learning, when I stop growing stronger, when I stop being challenged, when I stop being excited by change…that is when I will hang up my SBM boots and retire. Hopefully that day is still a long way off!