It's year end and many folks do a self assessment and review how things went in the current year while prepping for their resolutions for the new year. I tend to self assess regularly anyway but this is a good time to review a lesson I learned in 2010.
The lesson was: What You Want Isn't Always What You Need
This lesson was taught to me in abundance at my job this year. After being laid off in April of 2009, I returned to the same job in September of 2009. Despite having worked at the job previously, there were some underlying issues I knew I had to address (won't talk too much about it here). I wanted to just do my job and be left alone. I went about addressing my issues in the way I personally thought best.
Alas, my attempts to address the issues did not prove to be successful and I got a major reality check about eight months ago. I don't know about anyone else, but when someone tells you that you're not doing your job, it's not exactly an easy thing to swallow. I went through a few weeks of self pity and wondered what I was going to do. Fortunately, I had help and a self improvement plan was put into place.
Eight months later, as we close 2010, I can say that I definitely did not WANT to go through my situation at work. However, it was exactly what I needed. I learned some valuable lessons both personally and professionally. I won't say I am perfect at my job now but things have improved dramatically.
The same could be said for many things in our lives. As I blogged about this previously, I think that having my team winning the league championship was the right time. All my previous times, I was somewhat selfish in wanting to win the championship. I think I needed a lesson in humility. This season, I wanted my team to win the championship because I thought we were one of the best "teams" on court. I learned that being part of a team AND winning is much more enjoyable.
Keep this mind as we go into 2011!