We are just over a month into the new year and that means lots of commitments - commitments to do "more of this" or "less of that." And for some of us, perhaps some broken commitments already. But that's okay.
When we're thinking about what finds its way into our personal spaces, professional spaces, and learning spaces, we can't simply say "yes" to everything - even if we're available or we have the capacity or interest to do so.
Instead, we need to operate with intention and thoughtfulness about those things that will increase our effectiveness, make us stronger learners, and most importantly, bring us "joy." It's in our moments of joy that we continue to thrive and where we see our progress. In those moments, we want to push ourselves and those around us just a little bit harder. It's in these moments where we feel comfortable digging in and taking the next step forward.
It's easy, particularly as we look at blank calendars at the beginning of the year, to want to fill them up with as many commitments and promises as we possibly can.
But I want to ask you to "pause." As you make commitments, as you say "yes" to the myriad of things in both your personal and your professional life, make sure you are committing "joyfully" to those that find space within the boxes of your calendar and on your task list. Commit wholeheartedly - not just because you feel an obligation to do so, but because you know deep down they will bring you and the others in your learning community true joy.
I would love to hear from you about the things and people you are committing to with a "joyful" yes. Please share with me @thelearningloop so that we can celebrate together and continue to make room for the things that matter most.