2017 Integrity Report

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Wow! What a year 2016 was! This was a year of growth in unexpected ways, extreme stretch, tears, and eventual peace. It was the Year of Conflict professionally and personally. When I look at what I set out to achieve in my 2016 Integrity Report, I am amazed at how little I ticked off from that list. That’s not to say that I did not learn or achieve; far from it. I am just humbled by the fact that lessons sometimes do not come from the places you’d expect.

Lessons learnt from 2016

  1. Always have a road map for everything. I have made the Integrity Report a ritual that I do at the very beginning of the year to allow me to plan my coming year, and to evaluate the wins, losses and lessons of the previous year. I am also keeping a journal that I regularly update and track each goal. In addition to the Integrity Reports, I have diarized quarterly check-points in my calendar. These check points are half-day meetings with myself in which I take stock of what, according to my Integrity Report, I have accomplished, and what I need to do in the coming quarter.
  2. Always be flexible. As I mentioned earlier, a lot of the things that happened in 2016 changed my course. I learnt that flexibility is key to managing your goals. By flexibility I do not mean that you change your goals every time you encounter resistance or obstacles. Rather, it is the realization that while your goals may be cast in stone, the strategy to achieve them is not. If a strategy is not working, move on to the next one.

    The way to achieve our goals is to hold them tightly and our strategies loosely.
    Megan Hyatt Miller

  3. Sleep is your best friend, just like Google. I have consciously been trying to average 7 hours of sleep daily. I cannot begin to explain to you the energy that I have and how I no longer experience the slump in the afternoon like I used to. I also have reduced my coffee intake to only one a day (just because I love the taste of coffee) and increased my intake of vegetable juices. This has significantly boosted my energy levels.
  4. Your greatest adversary can end up being your biggest champion. I am happy that the person who I felt tormented me the most in 2016 causing me sleepless nights and grief-filled days is now no longer on my case. I am not sure what changed, but I am glad it happened. I am not sure I can say we are best friends forever, but our relationship has definitely changed and the tension no longer exists.
  5. Having a close group of friends praying for you and standing in the gap for you when you are down is possibly one of the best things EVER! When I was struggling to wake up and go to work, or when I felt that I wanted to quit, these people encouraged me and prayed for me. And I made it. I survived it, and came out stronger. I also learnt a lot about myself and discovered levels of resilience I didn’t know I had in me.

2017

To be honest, this year’s Integrity Report does not differ that much from last year’s. Reason being, as I had inferred to earlier, I feel that I achieved a lot that was outside of what I had set to achieve. I would like to give this another go, and see where I am at the end of this year.

  1. What are the core values that drive my life and work?
    • Growth (devotion, trust, learning, habits, sacrifice, vision, love)
      • Am I building my relationship with God daily and trusting Him?
      • Am I living and working towards my personal vision?
      • Am I building habits that lead to continual improvement?
      • Am I sacrificing/doing what it takes for my dreams and values within the confines of all my values?
    • Servant Leadership (excellence, contribution, dependability, generosity, gratitude)
      • Am I contributing to the world or just consuming it?
      • Am I giving of my time and finances to others?
      • Am I celebrating what is right in the world?
  2. How will I living and working with integrity?
    • Devotion/Quiet time: I am faithfully going to read the Bible daily and spend some time praying and delving further into the Word.
    • Mindful eating and exercising: I am watching my portions and minimizing the junk food I eat. I am reducing the number of times I eat out. I am minimizing the amount of carbs I am consuming. I am swimming for 30 minutes thrice a week.
    • Coaching: I am spending time sharing productivity tips and other nuggets I have picked up with a group of individuals.
    • Keeping promises: I am keeping promises to myself and to others and do not commit to things that I will not see through.
  3. How can I set a higher standard?
    • Execute on my 2017 plan with more intention. This will form the blueprint of my year, rather than have ambiguous plans.
    • Continue to journal regularly to keep a track report of my progress so far. This will also help me know if my strategies are working, where I need to tweak and what I need to drop all-together.

 

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