Does anyone else feel this way? I start off with good intentions - I will exercise everyday, write a weekly blog, spend more time with my family, volunteer -- but I tend to get distracted! Life happens. I write this blog from Puerto Rico where I am deployed as a Reservist ADR Advisor. Did I know that I would be here the last time I wrote a blog? I had an idea as I had been in the interview process with FEMA and conversations were moving towards deployment.
While my goal of writing a consistent blog has been inconsistent, my career goals have fallen in place. As I plan for the ACR conference this fall, I am mindful of the many people who have aspirations to work in the alternative dispute resolution field and are frustrated with what feels like a lack of opportunities. Having landed in the ADR field nearly 20 years ago, I wouldn't have imagined that I would be sitting in a Puerto Rican Starbucks typing a blog for my own website in February 2018! How did I get here? Well, I think it is because I have been "consistently inconsistent" but with a goal in mind: to be an ADR professional. Earl Nightingale's analogy of a boat in a harbor, one with a captain and one without, and the fact that the boat will float either way. The difference is the one with the captain will get it to its destination. I have been "captaining" my career but I have been open to other co-captains, different ports, and even different "boats".
While my blog aspirations fall short (and then again, maybe I should only blog when I have something of value to offer!), I exercise on a regular basis (the fittest I have been since I left Maui - I am a tropical climate lover!), I am redefining my family relationships by having meaningful conversations and FaceTime with them while I am gone, and I am balancing my volunteering time as ACR's President while working as an ADR professional 55 + hours each week.
It looks like intentional consistent inconsistency works for me!
Sunny E. Sassaman Conflict Management and Dispute Resolution Consultant