March 29, 2019
So, this blog post is being written as I sit in my mentor’s living room in St. Helena’s Island, South Carolina. It has taken me way too long to make this trip, but I managed to tag this detour onto a contract gig and take advantage of the travel that my work allows me. I’m pretty blessed.
March 31, 2019
Another 1st here. I’m editing this content on my phone, while I sit at the gate at Savannah-Hilton Head Airport on my 1st leg of the trip home. This has been an amazing trip, and I’m psyched that I got some writing done while I was traveling. My flight is delayed and while I’m pretty sure I’ll make my connection, if I don’t, I won’t have time to post tonight. Deadline are deadlines, and this blog is due today. So, OneDrive, WordPress, and my cell phone.
Probably no video for this one, because I don’t think I can record in the airports or on the planes.
The Pro-Reading continues with Covey’s, The 3rd Alternative. I am loving this book. Not only am I loving Covey’s approach to seeking an unconventional approach to problems, and looking for the possibility or the solution that may not have been considered otherwise, the lessons of this book are aligning with a lot of other reading and work that I’ve been doing.
Reading The 3rd Alternative, having just completed Goggins’ Can’t Hurt Me, together with another book I was referred to (see below) is really emphasizing some common themes and impacting my thinking. This is what pro-reading is supposed to do for you. This is definitely the most insightful and affirming period of pro-reading that I’ve had since starting this project last year.
In addition to the adventure novels that I covered in the last installment, I was invited to join an online “book club,” or learning opportunity. Some of my training partners from our Jiu-jitsu academy have decided to start this group to be mutually supportive and accountable for ongoing personal development. The 1st book in the group’s selection is Hal Elrod’s, The Miracle Morning (Elrod, Hal. The Miracle Morning. (2012).
I put this on my Kindle for this training trip, and I am really glad that I did. I’m not going to get into a ton of detail about this book right here, because I’m not done with it and I may review it at a future date.
Essentially, The Miracle Morning is a straight-forward and simple formula for using early morning time to set your day up for success and prepare yourself for reaching your maximum potential. The author, Elrod, begins by telling his story and explaining some setbacks that he suffered. After that, he describes his own personal process of enlightenment, and the 6 daily activities that he recommends for highly productive days and continued success.
The book is pretty elementary. Even so, I’ve really gotten a lot out of it. I struggle with being productive 1st thing in the morning, and I think that these 6 steps could be helpful to me. I’m looking forward to implementing them.
Update: I finished it yesterday and started re-reading it last night. I think this might be a game changer for me.
Other Learning Opportunities
This travel trip has been dedicated to working with a new cohort group of the Gainesville (FL) Police Department’s Leadership Development Academy. I flew last Tuesday, taught all day Wednesday, and flew again on Thursday.
This was a fun day, with a great group of dedicated law enforcement professionals. I was honored and privileged to have the opportunity to meet and work with them.
I’m looking forward to getting to know them better, and coming back to work with them again in the fall. I love working with the GPD and their program and team.
I finally posted the book review on Can’t Hurt Me last week. I’m not thrilled with the format, so I’ll have to improve that. However, I am glad that I did decide to write some reviews/summaries. I’ll definitely be doing some more of that.
So, last Friday, I had the opportunity to do something that I really wanted to do. I had made an appointment to go back to one of our Elementary Schools to read Jocko Willink’s Mikey and the Dragons to a group of 3 Kindergarten classes. This was so much fun. This is a great book, with a great message, and they were a great group of kids.
After that, I took a partial day off and went and got some new ink done. I worked with a local artist, who came highly recommended, and convinced him to convert my brother’s 3rd Monkey Eating the Elephant drawing into a chest piece. It came out awesome.
On Sunday, C and I accepted an invitation to go to a 1st Responders’ Appreciation Event that was put on by our local EMS coordinating organization. It was amazing. Tons of donated food, lots of good fellowship, and just a really nice afternoon. I’m glad that we made the time to go.
Tuesday, was my travel day. Today is Friday, and I’m on vacation with my friends/family in South Carolina. I’m counting my blessings today.
Friday and Saturday, Frank and I got a lot of shooting in. Rifles, 1911s and revolvers. Probably a couple of thousand rounds apiece. We had a blast. It was nice to get some non-work related trigger time.
Now, it’s time to go home. I miss my lovely bride, our beasts and our home. Travel is great, but traveling home is the greatest.
Be Safe, Keep the Faith, Do Good Work, 1*