The Final Post

Karangahape Rd, Auckland 2019 (Photo Credit: Christian Espinoza)

Thank you.

For the past four and a half months, you’ve read my ramblings as I etched my thoughts on here, one post at a time.

Looking back at them I see this has been a practice in sharing and reflecting, which developed into a daily ritual. Posting the blog created structure amongst the empty space I was in. It was a voice I didn’t know I had.

Now I feel it is time to say goodbye. I am grateful for anyone who read my blog, took away from it, and I can say I enjoyed every minute of it.

Go well and kill it in the game 🙂

Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving.”

– Albert Einstein

Project of Self Discovery

Self portrait of the author, 2011

Knowing yourself is the beginning of all wisdom.

– Aristotle

Phase One: Initiation

The need to reassess life goals became a priority. Identifying key skills, experience, education, and inherent passion were all contributing factors in determining the direction of the project. The appointment of the Project Manager was made (myself), key stakeholders consisted of close friends and family, and project schedule was defined.

Phase Two: Planning

Building from the initial concept and goals, the deliverables were set. We had to identify any and all potential risk upfront – we couldn’t afford to have any surprises. Budgets were drawn up, planning was signed off, and we were ready to execute. What would follow would prove to be the hardest weeks of my life.

Phase Three: Execution

Rejection, failure, observation, self reflection, and repeat. The movements were always agile, and there was room for iterative changes to the scope. Daily tasks became repetitive at times, but communication was always consistent. Staying clear of the project mission involves collaboration, bounding ideas, and anticipating sudden changes in cost, scope, or schedule. Sometimes the project seemed to have no end in sight, while other times we achieved great success. The acceptance criteria demands personal growth in all areas.

Phase Four: Closure

While this project is still in flight and not yet closed, I can’t yet comment on this phase of the project. I learn lessons every day, I can tell you what has worked and what has not. Final analysis will show that we achieved what we set out to on this project, and the cost was worth it. Future milestones in life will depend of the successful delivery of this project, and one day I may look back with fondness and pride at what was accomplished.

Life Project

Los Angeles 2017 (photo credit: Christian Espinoza)

What is the acceptance criteria of your life project?

Do you have prerequisites that need to be met? Is your success measurable?

How much analysis do you conduct before entering a life project?

Are you managing risk, time, and budgets?

What is the level and frequency of your communication with the stakeholders of your life?

If the project is derailing, are you prepared to scrap it if necessary, or do you hold on persistently?

Finally, do you workshop the lessons learned at the completion of a life project? Do you celebrate the wins?

We all manage this life as best as we know how to, and it is certain that we will meet issues at certain phases of it. How we manage and respond to these issues will influence the success or failures of our projects. If we let the feelings of stress overwhelm us, it will skew our decision making abilities. If we become consumed with the granular detail, we risk losing sight of the bigger picture.

Sometimes all we need is a break, a reset, a refresh, a chance to re-align our goals and objectives before sinking more effort and energy into a project that is going off course.

Ask yourself this: what value will I achieve in my life project?