Here it is, the close of another year. And what a year it has been. If you are anything like me, you have met new and amazing people. You have learned something new. You have done something different. Isn’t that
what we should all want? I’m an avid “bootcamper”. I’ve met some really great and inspirational people. We have a cancer survivor in our group who recently participated in and won a Six Week Body Transformation Challenge. She is a testament to living life at its fullest and inspires me everyday.
I’ve learned that we all have personal struggles and can find strength in each other to overcome these struggles and turn them into challenges. Upon reflection of this year, my scorecard is reading more W’s than L’s and that’s a good thing! As for something different, I’ve done a few things differently. Instead of judging, I listen and try to understand. Instead of overreacting, I calmly think things through and reply. Instead of waiting for things to happen, I make them happen. I had a terrible habit of over-talking when in a conversation. I know listen attentively and respond, instead of forming my next thought or cutting in with it.
At the risk of sounding like a self help book, I wanted to share these thoughts with you. All of the above can be attributed to both our personal and business lives. I think anyone who is passionate about what they do for a living would agree that it blankets both. I find when we consciously make changes in our behaviour, we will see and that our peers and people in our lives recognize them and interact with us differently. If we make positive changes, that interaction is positive. Same goes for the negative. I choose the positive, as negative doesn’t suit me.
As I look toward 2016, I see great things happening in our industry. MELT(Mandatory Entry Level Training) is a big one on my radar. I have and continue to be a huge advocate for this and all of the safety initiatives our industry has and will be implementing. Stronger recruiting practices and the MEE(Making Eligibility Easy) platform is going to be instrumental in qualifying the right fit driver for our trucking companies and hopefully our insurers. Keep an eye on that one folks, it’s a game changer!
I also want to wish all of you a super ’16 and look forward to our next e-convo!
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