I kicked off my annual planning retreat with a walk in the woods. The image that you see was taken just as a I entered the trail system at the end of our drive. I gaze upon the majestic trees from my perch up on the hill at Copper Ridge often enough. I feel fortunate that I am able to mosey down the drive to miles of beautiful trails. There is nothing like a walk in the woods to put. This is just what I needed to start my retreat.
As you can probably already imagine, I am a planner. I love this time of year and the opportunity to look into the empty months of the next year and plan to get the most out of it. I choose to live intentionally and plan my year ahead of time. I am fully aware of the expression about planning, and it is the one thing (including duck bill platypuses (or is playtpi?)) that can and does make God laugh. Man makes his plans and God laughs. I get it. However, without planning we become like the flotsam and jetsam of the sea casually, aimlessly and perpetually adrift.
Not for me. I think it is important to have goals and I aim to improve each and every year. I want to be the best version of myself and want to continue to elevate our experience for our client families. The last several years my plans were sidetracked (along with most people’s) as we were faced with conditions that no planning could have accounted for. The plans that we had for 2020 quickly pivoted to managing through an unfamiliar set of circumstances. The areas that we wanted to develop for our clients were shelved and we switched to full on communication mode. This was very reminiscent of the “communication during a crisis” initiative we established during the Great Recession. Many of you probably remember the meetings, conferences, and phone conference calls that we had during that period of time. If you don’t, remind me to show you the graphic we created to document that period. It is impressive.
I am optimistic that we will be able to blow the dust off of the plans from two years ago and begin to implement them in 2022. You can read more about it in the latest newsletter which you should have just received.